Laminate hardwood flooring blends the beauty of hardwood with the lasting value and easy maintenance of laminate. It is made from a particle board topped with a photograph of a wood grain to make it look like solid hardwood floor. A protective layer is put over the top of the image to protect it from scratches.
Laminate pieces can snap or glue together for easy installation. As a note, some engineered hardwoods are made with tongue and groove systems, however they are still not as easy to install as laminate. Laminate can even be installed on top of concrete or old floors.
Laminate hardwood flooring is also fairly environmentally friendly. It does not require the use of old growth trees and requires less wood than an engineered or solid wood floor. It’s also a good choice for those with allergies or respiratory concerns, because unlike carpet, laminate doesn’t trap dirt and dust. To clean, just sweep it often to remove debris and wipe up any spills with a damp cloth. No polishing necessary. If you are looking for a floor covering for your basement, laminate can be a good option as it can be installed below-grade.
One drawback to laminate hardwood flooring is that it cannot to be repaired as with wood floors. If you anticipate scratches and dings in your floor, you may want to consider engineered hardwood flooring, which can be lightly sanded over the course of its lifetime. If your laminate flooring is damaged, it must be replaced – it cannot be refinished or sanded.
Laminate hardwood flooring comes in as many styles and species as real hardwood. For that reason, it can be tricky to choose the perfect floor for your home. Let the experts at Floor Coverings International, serving the Flagstaff and Sedona, Arizona areas make the search easier. Contact us today to schedule your free in-home estimate!
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