What you need to know
If you cherish the look of genuine wood and stone but are searching for a more affordable and easier to maintain alternative, laminate floors will provide you a wealth of opportunity. Known for their durability and greater resistance to water, laminate products have long been considered a worthy candidate for homeowners looking to capture hardwood visuals. Today’s laminate options provide striking wood and stone realism that will serve your active home in nearly every room. There’s no need to miss out on the look you love!
From traditional, coastal, and rustic to modern and industrial, laminate flooring can help you capture your favorite hardwood aesthetic without maxing out your design budget. For new families, active families, and renovations that involve multiple rooms, laminate can be nothing short of a life-saver, allowing you to complete efficient, successful installations throughout the home. No matter what type of laminate you choose, you can have the style you desire that will handle everyday adventures in an active home.
So, what exactly is laminate flooring? It's actually a composite wood product made up of different layers. First comes the bottom layer for stability and moisture resistance, a core layer for strength and durability, and a rigid top layer featuring a high-quality image of either hardwood or stone. Today’s laminates offer incredible advanced finishes that not only protect the design of the plank but also offer scratch, stain, and fade protection. It should be noted that this top layer cannot be refinished like hardwood planks, but your properly maintained laminate floors will last upwards of 15 to 20 years before needing to be replaced.
Speaking of maintenance, homeowners cherish laminate floors since they are as easy to take care of as they are easy on the eyes. Although laminate products will vary from product to product based on verified testing and manufacturer guarantees, water-resistant laminate can definitely handle any spills or splashes in your home. Whereas liquid spills and standing water can permanently affect real wood, laminate allows homeowners time to wipe up liquid without stressing over permanent damage. This is an especially attractive quality in homes where spills from kids and pets are frequent and inevitable. Simply sweep, dust mop, or vacuum your floor regularly to care and maintain your laminate.
Finally, it's important to know that you can install laminate everywhere: bedrooms, living rooms, basements, bathrooms, kitchens, mudrooms, and more! Laminate can handle high foot traffic, and you also get superior performance with resistance to scratches, stains, spills, and fading. When it comes to installing your new laminate floors, most products can be installed as a floating floor for quick installation. Far less time-consuming and less expensive than real wood, these planks simply click together and don’t require nailing to a subfloor. You may even decide that you want to attempt a DIY laminate installation. You can always call the flooring experts at Roberts Carpet & Fine Floors to handle the installation if you want quick and beautiful results from a professional team.