Laminate’s smartly balanced durability, good looks and value pricing means you can expand your decorating ideas without increasing your budget or sacrificing quality.
- Laminates are available in a broad variety of handsomely crafted designs, including vivid, swirling wood grains so natural looking you’d swear they were solid hardwood and ones that re-create the ornate appeal of tile or stone.
- Laminate floors provide rugged durability that make it practical for any room in your home.
- Laminate planks and tiles are interlocking and easy to work with and can be installed over most non-textile existing flooring
- Laminate flooring is stain, fade, and moisture resistant.
- Laminate flooring is eco-friendly and easy to replace with no danger to the environment.
Laminate tiles are typically patterned or solid-colored squares that are installed as floating floors and don’t require the use of guns or nails to secure them to the floor. Each tile clicks in place with interlocking joints.
Planks are just like tiles but are rectangular in shape. They also click together with interlocking joints and do not require glue.
Distressed laminate flooring has been made to purposely look imperfect, making both more authentic looking and more likely to hold up to hide actual scratches and scuffs.
Hand-scraping is just a way to distress wood by scraping the wood to make it appear older and more rustic.
Textured laminate floors are created by embossing, wherein heat and pressure are applied to give the laminate a raised surface pattern and a more realistic look and feel, since the embossing matches the grain patterns.
Stones & Naturals
Obtain the appearance of high–quality marble or slate floors with stone laminate flooring, which can imitate the durability and beauty of stone, slate, granite and marble less expensively.
- If you’re wondering why laminate flooring can vary so widely in price, below are some of the features you’ll find in the higher prices options:
- The amount of aluminum oxide, which makes it more scratch resistant. The higher the amount the more expensive the laminate.
- The number of patterns that repeat themselves. The selections that have a larger number of impressions and fewer repetitions of the same pattern are higher priced and more accurately mimic the look of real wood.
- The length and quality of the warranty. Higher priced laminates have longer warranties and more options.
- The texture and depth, which gives the flooring a more realistic feeling and look will be more pronounced in the more expensive laminate choices.
- Installation prices are typically the same across the board.
See manufacturer’s recommendations for care and cleaning of your laminate floor.
Routine Care and Cleaning
Vacuum laminate floors using the wand attachment. Use a dust mop or wipe with a damp cloth for general cleaning. For spills, wipe up immediately with a cloth or sponge. In sandy areas or at the beach, sweep or vacuum regularly. When necessary, use a well-squeezed, damp mop with a Laminate floor cleaner. Caution: Floors can become slippery when wet. Allow time for the floor to dry after washing. Immediately wipe up wet areas from spills, foreign substances or wet feet.
- Use soap-based detergents or “mop and shine” products, as these may leave a dull film on your floor.
- Use abrasive cleaners, steel wool or scouring powder which can scratch your floor.
- Wax or polish your floor.