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What to look for when deciding on laminate flooring

Wood-look laminate flooring is a terrific, true-to-life representation of hardwood, available in many designs and colors such as oak, walnut, hickory, and maple. Also available in stone and tile mimics, it is appropriate for any room in the house, especially in high traffic busy rooms.

This product is visually appealing and affordable, durable, easy to care for, and uncomplicated to install. Waterproof versions, with special core constructions, backers and sealants are also available.

What is laminate?

Discard any memories you may have of the laminate of decades ago. This is a multi-layered product with a three- dimensional appearance and is always highly water-resistant. The top is a clear wear layer that protects the floor from scratches and scuffs, followed by an image layer created with 3D photography and includes features such as micro beveling and deep embossing.

These features give the floor depth, dimensional, and textured looks. The core provides the floor water and dent resistance and stability, and underlayment is at the very bottom.

Style, design, and trends

Come into our laminate showroom, and you will see items like the oh-so-popular gray wood look floors, high variation planks, or chevron and herringbone patterns. Laminate floors follow industry trends, so you can get anything you desire, such as marble or granite floors or other stones and colorful tiles. Textures are big this year, and floors are available with wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered, or distressed appearances. A great design option is to cut into planks of varying sizes or square, groutable tile-sized pieces.

Durability in Style

Laminate is crafted with design trends in mind, and performance to be top-notch. The thickness of laminate varies from 6mm to 12mm, giving your floor strength and stability. Laminate comes in a variety of wood looking designs, to enhance your living space. With exceptional waterproof features in some collections, this can be installed almost anywhere in your active home.

The AC (abrasion criteria) rating is one of the most reliable indicators of strength. The system is a one to five rating, with strength increasing as the numbers get higher. AC-3 and AC-4 are best, with AC-5 being used mainly for commercial applications.

Installation is usually the fast and uncomplicated floating floor, which is clicked, mat, and hover. It’s fast and uncomplicated, and our in-house team of installers will also make sure the subfloor is level and use caulking and joint expansions when necessary. These processes will not only enhance appearance but will increase water-resistance. To learn more, visit the Wholesale Flooring Services showroom in Kent, WA, especially if you live in or near [cms:city1]], Des Moines, WA, Seattle, WA, Tacoma, WA, Bellevue, WA, Auburn, WA, Kirkland, WA, Renton, WA, Bonney Lake, WA or Puyallup, WA. Be sure to get your free laminate flooring estimate.