How to select laminate flooring

Laminate flooring is one of the most popular choices among consumers. While laminate is mainly associated with hardwood, stone and tile looks are becoming sought after because they have a hard surface's firm, rigid feeling. This material is available in countless finishes to fit well with any decor and in any area, including the living and dining spaces and bedroom.

How is it constructed?

This is a synthetic product that includes wood byproducts; four layers are fused to make one entity. The underlayment starts at the bottom, not confused with padding; this provides a foundation and stability. The core is next, usually made of HDF, high-density fiberboard. Next is the design layer and, at the top is a clear, strong aluminum-oxide coating that protects the floor from scratches and scuffs. Technological innovations such as deep embossing, better seaming, and high definition photography make this a genuinely realistic mimic with raised grains and veining variations. Moreover, it follows industry trends; you can get anything you want, from the hottest wood colors to the most popular stones. A new waterproof version was recently introduced that features a non-wood construction enabling installation in wet areas like the kitchen and bath, which was once avoided due to water/wood issues. Spill-proof, it eliminates concerns about soaking and staining. That means you can now have grey laminate flooring for the farmhouse-style kitchen you always wanted!

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Thicker is better

Even a difference of 2-mm will make a difference to buy the best your wallet will allow. A more durable surface hides subfloor imperfections better, is quieter, and provides more design options. Best of all, you'll get the authentic feeling of hard surface flooring.

Get the right one for your installation

Laminate has different grade levels, according to various floor traffic levels, and to be sure you're getting the right one, go to the AC (Abrasion Criteria) system. This is a one-to-six rating system; each product goes through a series of tests to determine ability to withstand impact and, as the numbers increase, so does strength. For example, the best rating for residential floors is three or four, while one refers to wall use only, and five and six are for commercial use.

Laminate flooring is so realistic sometimes even flooring professionals have to look twice. Come see for yourself! If you live or work around Norcross, GA, Chamblee, GA, Duluth, GA, Dunwoody, GA, Atlanta, GA and Brookhaven, GA, come into the JA Worldwide Design showroom in Norcross, GA. You’ll even get a free quote.