Many Chandler homeowners know laminate flooring as a cheaper alternative to hardwood, but they may not know much more than that. In fact, laminate is an innovative flooring style that offers endless versatility and scratch resistance at an affordable price. Our expert team at Floor Coverings International Chandler-Gilbert can help you determine if laminate flooring is right for you!
What is Laminate?
Laminate is constructed of several layers of material, each serving a different purpose. The core is typically made up of fiberboard or something similar. This is covered with a backing to add stability and moisture resistance. On top of the fiberboard is the decorative layer, which uses a high-resolution photo to replicate the look of hardwood, tile, or another material. And on the very top is a clear wear layer to protect the image and defend against moisture, scratches, etc.
Factors to Consider
- Laminate is relatively durable and appropriate for high-traffic areas. However, laminate can be damaged by moisture, so you should not install it in areas where you anticipate frequent spills.
- Most laminate flooring is designed to look like hardwood. If that’s your speed, you can find laminate styles that mimic oak, walnut, hickory, maple, and more. But you can also find laminate flooring that replicates tile, stone, bamboo, and more!
- As you may have heard, laminate flooring is easy on the wallet. If you want the look and feel of hardwood, laminate is the closest you will get without paying for real hardwood.
- You can clean laminate floors much as you would hardwood – sweep or vacuum to remove debris. But it’s best to avoid mopping with water, so if you need to mop, use a specialty wood or laminate cleaner.
If you have more questions about laminate flooring, give us a call! Floor Coverings International Chandler-Gilbert offers free consultations to homeowners in Chandler, Gilbert, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Mesa, Maricopa.
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