Laminate 101: An in-depth look at laminate flooring
Laminate is a man-made product that simulates the look of hardwood, ceramic tile, natural stone and many other types of flooring. They are made like your kitchen counter top but are 25 times stronger due to the addition of aluminum oxide to the finish. Second only to diamonds in hardness, aluminum oxide finishes provide unsurpassed wear and stain resistance.
Laminates are known for being low maintenance. The floors never require wax or refinishing. All you need to do is occasionally sweep or vacuum the floors and use the manufacturer’s spray cleaner for more stubborn spills. Laminates have 10, 15, 25, or lifetime warranties against staining, fading, and wearing through.
There are different qualities and styles of laminate floors. The high-end wood looks come in narrow board widths with micro beveled edges and a subtly textured wear layer to provide amazing depth and realism. High-end tile and stone laminates have texturing and finishing that captures the essence of the original source materials. The benchmark laminate floors have square edges and give the appearance of a sanded hardwood floor. These floors are available in a multitude of colors, and wood species.
These floors are very versatile and are well suited for active families or anyone looking for a low maintenance, high performance floor.