Laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic product, which simulates the look of more expensive wood, marble, stone, tile or brick floors. Its affordability and ease of installation have made it a popular choice with both consumers and professional builders. Although laminate flooring has been around for several decades, the popular glueless version has only been around since the late 1990s.
How it’s Made
Laminate flooring is typically constructed in four layers, which together give it the strength and durability it has become so well-known for. The back side of the panel gives added support and moisture resistance. The core layer is typically made from fiberboard and resin for impact resistance and longevity. The decorative layer, which is printed to simulate wood, tile and other high-end flooring, is what most people notice first about the floors. Finally, the wear layer is a clear coating, which is added for stain resistance and durability.
Types to Choose From
There are various types of laminate flooring to choose from, including planks, tiles or squares. Because they are constructed in layers, thicker usually means better quality. This should be taken into consideration, especially for use in high-traffic areas.
Installation and Additional Features and Benefits
Most styles are constructed with an interlocking tongue-and-groove system for easy installation. This means floors can be installed using a floating method without the need for messy adhesives. Laminate floors can also be applied over most existing hard surfaces, with only a thin underlayment to allow it to float easier. Because no glue needed, it’s fast and easy to install, and there’s no wait time before it can be walked on.
Laminate floors are an affordable option to more expensive high-end wood or tile floors. They are also easy to install and easy to maintain. Another added benefit is because they’re not glued down, it’s possible to remove and replace a plank if needed.
Are you looking for an inexpensive way to give new life to your home? Laminate flooring may be the perfect choice for you and your family. If you would like to view samples, feel free to call us at 713.880.2882. We would be glad to set up a free consultation at your home or in our showroom.