When shopping for a new home, most buyers prefer hardwood over out-dated, stained carpeting. Upgrading to hardwood flooring, though, can be expensive and time consuming. A great solution, at a fraction of the cost of hardwood, is laminate flooring. Portland and Vancouver homeowners know that laminate floors can look and feel just like hardwood. That’s why laminate flooring is quickly becoming one of the most popular flooring choices in the area. Laminates come in a variety of thicknesses, usually between 6mm and 12mm. To replicate the look and feel of luxurious hardwood, choose a thicker laminate. The added thickness will ensure the laminate flooring sounds “solid,” like hardwood. Your friends and neighbors will never guess the difference!
All About Laminate Flooring
Laminates are created using a photographic process that mimics wood grain and other patterns exactly on a very thin layer of hardwood. This is then bonded in a unique glue process to a sub-surface of plywood or other materials. The finished product has the same look and beauty of natural solid wood, but it is much lighter and more affordable. Your laminate’s surface can be finished in a choice of gloss styles, and surfaces with those finishes resist fading from UV light rays and damage from absorption of moisture.
A popular misconception about laminate is that it wears easily. This is simply not the case. When properly installed, a high-quality laminate floor can last for years. That’s why homeowners looking to get the biggest bang for their buck are increasingly choosing laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is a great choice for busy families, and it can hold up well against high traffic from children and pets. Another mark in laminate flooring’s favor is that laminate floors are treated with a low-sheen finish that protects the surface from wear and tear. Prior to installation, you may also have the option of adding an additional finish layer, for increased protection on your investment.
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Contact Floor Coverings International serving Portland and Vancouver today to schedule a free in-home consultation. Floor Coverings International has manufacturing direct pricing and a huge variety of laminate flooring options. Call us today!
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