Taking a Second Look at Laminate Flooring

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Laminate flooring has experienced exponential growth as a popular flooring option in recent years. It’s an interesting phenomenon because the product has been around since the late seventies, first sold under the name Pergo, a brand name you might recognize and still exists today.

What has launched laminate flooring to its newly found stardom? Well, there are several factors. Advances in floor manufacturing technology and design innovations have vastly improved the product from a durability standpoint. Superior waterproofing and scratch resistance, combined with its beautiful wood-like finish has given traditional hardwood flooring stiff competition.

Homeowners that craved the warm finish of traditional hardwoods in places like the kitchen or bathroom but couldn’t justify putting in such an expensive product that is sure to get a lot of foot traffic as well as exposure to moisture now can have the best of both worlds with laminate flooring.

Durability of Laminate Flooring

Let’s start by looking at laminate from a durability standpoint. When compared to wood flooring, there really is no comparison. In almost every aspect, including scratch resistance, dent resistance, water resistance, and the ability to weather well under the pressure of daily wear and tear, laminate flooring is far superior to its real wood counterparts.

In fact, when it comes to families with small children and households with pets, there isn’t another flooring product in the industry with a better track record than laminate. About the only real threat to laminate flooring is high moisture levels, which can damage the composite core.

If you’re planning on installing laminate in a high moisture area, such as a kitchen or bath, be sure you get a line of laminate that has been approved for such uses. These lines of laminate usually have thicker cores, are treated with extra water repellant chemicals, and contain paraffin wax impregnated joints that keep the risk of moisture damage to a minimum.

Ease of Installation of Laminate Flooring

While durability can be laminate’s most convincing selling point, its ease of installation isn’t too far behind. For starters, laminate flooring is a floating floor system. It simply sits on top of your existing floor with no nailing, screwing, or gluing required. Click together laminate makes it even easier and you no longer have to worry about gluing the separate planks together. This makes it a great option for basements, uneven floors, or particle board subflooring. You can quickly have a completely renovated floor in a couple of days with professional installation.

Reasonable Price Point of Laminate Flooring

One of the primary reasons American homeowners choose laminate over other flooring options is cost. If you can afford to spend a little bit more on your flooring project, pay for thicker laminate. There’s a big difference between 8 mm laminate and 12 mm laminate. Be sure to do your homework before you buy and ask your flooring professional for advice. Flowers Flooring has laminate experts who can help steer you in the right direction and make recommendations on the best laminate selections for your home.

Laminate Flooring Product Spotlight

One of our most frequently sold laminate floor products is Revwood by Mohawk flooring. They give an extraordinary look of real wood while also being one hundred percent waterproof. Its waterproofing comes from three layers of protection. A special sealant on the top layer, plus a specialized locking system that pulls the planks tightly together, combined with a special bevel edge combined together to protect from moisture. Plus it is scratch and stain resistant. It comes in a beautiful array of finishes and colors as well, making it a perfect choice for any room in your home.

About Flowers Flooring

Flowers Flooring is your family flooring specialist with two locations – Cornelius, NC, and Winston-Salem, NC. Both locations service a 100-mile radius from the showroom. Both locations specialize in flooring sales and installation, including carpet, laminate, hardwood, sand & finish, hardwood restoration, vinyl plank, vinyl tile, rubber flooring, tile floors, tile showers, tile backsplash, area rugs, interior painting, and more. To reach the Cornelius, NC location please call (704) 445-7750 and to reach our Winston-Salem location, please call (336) 660-0977. Please be sure to inquire about our current promotion and financing offers.