Laminate flooring has come a long way. With modern advances in technology, laminate flooring has become a durable, cost effective alternative to getting the look of hardwood floors. While it’s not for every room in your home, bathrooms and other high moisture sites could cause problems like swelling, laminate flooring performs wonderfully in rooms with high traffic like your living room or in the bedrooms. Just because you’re renting or have a limited budget for your project does not mean you can’t achieve the design you’re aiming for
Laminate flooring is usually made up of a high or medium density fiberboard under a high definition image and a scratch resistant protective layer. Available in many different thickness, the thicker models of laminate floor tend to be very scratch resistant. Laminate flooring is graded with an AC rating which is used as a guide for each products durability and recommended consumer use. Products with lower AC ratings, such as an AC1, are better for low to moderate traffic areas such as bedrooms and guest rooms. Products with a higher AC rating, such as an AC5, are rated to be used in very high traffic environments like public areas and department stores. Choosing a laminate that’s durable enough for your lifestyle will help ensure it’s longevity.
Another reason for laminates growing popularity is the extreme ease of installation and maintenance. Unlike solid hardwood that needs to be nailed down, laminate flooring is installed as a floating floor and is made with an interlocking tongue and groove system. These planks lock into place and float over your existing floor or subfloor without nails or glue. A floating floor requires much less time and money to install than one needing to be nailed or glued down. Also unlike other traditional flooring options, laminate is extremely easy to clean. No need to take special precautions as you would for solid hardwood. Simply damp mop it or use one of the manufacturer recommended cleaners.
Laminate flooring comes in a wide variety of colors and textures. There are models that mimic all species and stain of hardwood, including the currently trending grey and driftwood looks. With hand scraped textures and tactile graining, it’s almost easy to forget your not standing on a natural material. Stone and tile styles are also available if hardwood isn’t the look you were going for. All in all laminate flooring can be a durable cost effective option for your flooring needs.
The Men With Tools sells and installs laminate flooring from high quality manufacturers. If you’re looking for more info give us a call today (347) 815-4151