Laminate flooring buying guide

 
Imagine having the look of natural wood floors without the price. That's what you'll get and, thanks to waterproof laminate flooring, you can even have it in the kitchen and bath where it was once avoided because of moisture issues. Please continue reading to see why laminate floors might be for you.
 

A new waterproof version

 
Since it's made of wood byproducts, it was avoided in high moisture areas. In addition, a more advanced unique construction makes for a different version that is spill-proof, eliminating concerns about absorption, staining, and peeling. Be sure to specify if you want this or the original water-resistant product.
 
 
 
 

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Finding the best

 
We always tell our customers to buy the best that budget affords because, in the long term, a quality product will last longer, saving you from costly repairs and premature replacement. So first, examine the design layer; the images should be clear and vibrant with raised grains, swirls, knots, and veining variations with depth, dimension, and texture features from micro beveling and embossing. While mainly associated with hardwood, you can get stone and tile looks with the material cut either in planks or square tile-sized pieces. Consider the thickness; laminate comes in a range, but it should be at a minimum of 8-mm, but preferably as high as 10-mm or 12-mm. More robust surfaces hide subfloor imperfections more effectively and are quieter. A thicker surface also provides more design options because it can be carved into.
 

High durability

 
This multi-layered product should have a bottom layer that guards against moisture and adds balance and stability. Next is the core layer, often (HDF) high-density board that protects from indentations and moisture, with a printed layer next. Finally, the top layer is a transparent, robust aluminum oxide (wear layer) at the top that adds fade-and-stain resistance. These floors are also easy to care for, needing only a regular (daily, if possible) sweeping and a periodic damp mopping with a manufacturer-approved cleaner. Installation is also easy, especially when it's a floating floor where the pieces click together, mat, then hover over a clean, dry, and level subfloor without nails or glue. Most subfloors are fine, as is placement over radiant heating systems, but always for special requirements.
 
 
 
Laminate flooring in Hot Springs, AR from Trent's Floor Solutions
 
 

About Trent's Floor Solutions, your laminate flooring expert

 
We can make anything look like a high end floor and use caulking and joint extenders to enhance characteristics, such as water resistance, when necessary. For information come into our Hot Springs, AR showroom, especially if you live or work around Hot Springs, AR, Rockport, AR, Benton, AR, Glenwood, AR, Hot Springs Village, AR, Malvern, AR, Mount Ida, AR, Pearcy, AR, Royal, AR and Lonsdale, AR. Be sure to get your free laminate flooring quote!