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How to shop for laminate flooring

 
Laminate flooring is an affordable, realistic, and highly stylish alternative to natural wood floors. The wood look floors come in oak, walnut, hickory, and maple, etc., and have grain patterns so true-to-life that you'll feel as though you can touch them. In addition, laminate is ultra-durable, low maintenance, and has easy installation.
 

There’s now a waterproof laminate flooring

 
Unique construction with materials such as the high-density fiberboard (HDF) core eliminates spills absorbing and staining concerns. This allows it to be installed in all rooms, including higher-than-normal moisture spaces. Be sure to specify your version of choice to the flooring expert.
 

The importance of thickness

 
The best laminate flooring has a thickness of 10-mm to 12-mm. Although it comes in a range of densities, a more robust surface is more durable, hides subfloor imperfections, is quiet, and provides more design options. Especially if you are deciding on a wood look, you'll want that authentic hardwood feeling of a thicker surface.
 
 
 
 
 
 

What is laminate flooring?

 
This flooring consists of four layers fused to make one entity. At the bottom is the underlayment, providing stability and foundation. Next is the core, and following that is the design layer. At the very top is a transparent, robust, and aluminum oxide coating that protects the floor from scratches and scuffs.
 

Image is everything

 
The images are taken with digital photography, so they're clear and vibrant, with knots, grains, swirls, and rings in full display. If you prefer, you can also get stone and tile mimics cut into groutable squares, with veining variations and ceramic tile pieces that feature vibrant patterns including chevrons, herringbones, encaustic styles, and filigrees.

The floors have a micro bevel and are embossed for depth, dimension, and textured features such as wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered, and distressed. The material can be cut into planks to mimic hardwood boards or groutable squares for tile and stone. Many feel the extra seams add to the realism.
 
 
 
 
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This is easy to care for with regular sweeping and periodic mopping with a manufacturer-approved cleaner. Installation can be a fast and easy floating floor where the pieces click together, mat, and hover over the subfloor without nails or glue. Subfloors need to be clean, dry, level.

For over half a century, The Flooring Center has provided the area with high-quality products and services ranging from craftsman-like installations to design consultations and rug binding. Understanding the importance of complementary products, we also offer kitchen & bath remodeling, countertops, tub and shower surrounds, granite fabrication, window treatments, and more. Our showroom is inWheeling, WV and we service area in and aroundWheeling, WV, Saint Clairsville, OH, Pittsburgh, PA, Washington, PA and Moundsville, WV. Visit us for your free laminate flooring quote.