Choose Laminate Wood Flooring
Laminate wood flooring, because of its authentic looks and increased strength and stability, is a great alternative to hardwood. How exactly does laminate stack up to hardwood?
Laminate looks almost exactly like real hardwood. In fact, these looks are so authentic that it’s often impossible to determine whether or not your laminate floor is really wood! Laminate gets its authentic looks from a HD photo layer. For authentic surface textures, be sure to check out laminate wood floors with registered embossing technology.
Unlike hardwood, laminate has a top layer (called the wear layer) that resists scratches and impacts. No special treatments or finishes are necessary, and this wear resistance is permanent. As a result, laminate wood flooring is better prepared from dirt and dust that typically stem from heavy foot traffic.
Laminate wood flooring has special support layers called the core layer and the base layer, so it is definitely more dimensionally stable than hardwood. Laminate planks will rarely buckle or collapse, even under intense external stresses. Also, while laminate is not 100% waterproof, it is better-prepared than hardwood for humid and moist conditions.
For the most part, laminate wood flooring needs to be cleaned like hardwood, especially in high traffic areas. Dirt and dust should be swept from the surface, and any spills should be wiped up as soon as possible. However, your new laminate floor will not need to be refinished like hardwood.
To learn even more about laminate wood flooring, visit National Carpet One in Forrest City, AR. We carry laminate from popular brands such as Armstrong, Mannington, Shaw, Bella Cera, and Kronotex.