Looking for an easy to install floor that’s both durable and stylish? Laminate flooring might be it!
What is laminate flooring?
Laminate flooring is a floating floor – rather than being adhered to the subfloor, it locks together and is held in place by moulding around the perimeter of the room.Unlike hardwood or natural stone, laminate flooring is a synthetic product, made from high-density fiberboard, an imaging layer (usually with a stone or wood visual), and a wear layer that protects the floor from scratches, fading and everyday wear and tear.
Doesn’t laminate look fake?
Not anymore! When laminate was first introduced to the market it had a plastic-y look, with little to no variation. However, with today’s high resolution imaging technology, laminate visuals are increasingly more realistic. Some even have texture applied to the surface, replicating the feel of natural stone or wood graining.
Why would I choose laminate over hardwood or tile?
Laminate needs very little maintenance – sweep, damp mop, and it’s beautiful again! It’s more scratch resistant than hardwood, and easier for homeowners to install themselves. It can also be installed over some existing floors, provided they are fairly flat.
Where can I install laminate?
Laminate can go almost everywhere, but there are some considerations. Because the core of laminate flooring is fiberboard, water can damage the floor. Therefore, we don’t recommend installing laminate in wet areas such as bathrooms or laundry rooms. Also, the underlying floor must be flat (but not necessarily level). Our Residential Sales Associates would be happy to discuss the details of your project to see if laminate is a good choice for your area.
Try giving laminate flooring another look. We have many samples of Shaw, Armstrong and Tarkett laminate flooring in our showroom, and with visuals encompassing everything from polished to rustic, you’re bound to be surprised!
Try giving laminate flooring another look.
We have many samples of Shaw, Armstrong and Tarkett laminate flooring in our showroom, and with visuals encompassing everything from polished to rustic, you’re bound to be surprised!