Laminate Flooring Sales and Installation
Our mobile flooring showroom brings laminate flooring samples directly to your door at direct warehouse pricing and Certified Flooring Installers (CFI). Laminate floors have quickly become an alternative to hardwood flooring. Laminate floors are resistant to stains, fading, dent resistance and depending on construction, are more scratch resistant than many wood floors. Laminate floors come in many styles and colors. Planks and tile patterns have been manufactured for the customer who wants a floor that is easy to take care of properly. I prefer a thick wear layer for the surface on the laminate flooring for families who want a quality floor. Twelve mils of wear layer or more does a really good job. I would encourage you to purchase a quality laminate floor (especially if you are paying to get the product installed). Last year we replaced a laminate floor that the homeowner installed and it lasted 13 months prior to us putting down a 3/4″ nail down solid wood. The family had 5 people, dog and 2 cats. The finish wore off in the kitchen around the dinner table. Needless to say I was very glad we didn’t sell the job and install as well. Remember the labor is roughly the same to install a good quality laminate product as a cheap (7 MIL) product. However, a quality laminate floor does have much stronger selling points and a better warranty. Lets discuss them below.
Laminate floors are easy to maintain and can be more scratch and water resistant than traditional hardwood. Another flooring possibility these days is to use a ceramic laminate tile design. These designs can have beveled edges and even grout lines! You’ll never know the difference. They can also be mixed and matched to create a stunning, one of a kind design. When a professional installs wood or laminate flooring they undercut the door jambs which gives that custom look that the casing are built on the flooring. Back when laminate floors hit the United States flooring market we had to glue the tongues and grooves. That gave the product some moisture resistant. Today the tile and planks just click together and there might be a little paraffin wax on the edges. For the most part the prices on laminate flooring have decreased. They appeal to the flooring price shopper who will probably do the install themselves like the job I described above. That was a .99 sf laminate. There have been several laminate manufactures who made high-end laminate flooring that have closed up shop because the need for a quality laminate product wasn’t in demand. You would think that a consumer would want it made better than cheaper.
The Layers of Laminate’s Construction:
The back is reinforced with melamine for structural stability and moisture resistance. That does not mean waterproof. Eco-friendly core-board is the dense inner layer. This is made of recycled wood fiber. Recycling means fewer trees are used, and there’s less waste overall. The decorative layer is a highly detailed photograph that gives the laminate the appearance of wood or tile. There is a new core (inner layer) product that feature a moisture resistant core that is much more moisture resistant than previous editions of core materials (fillers).
The Melamine wear-top layer is a tough, clear finish reinforced with aluminum oxide. Aluminum oxide is one of the hardest mineral compounds known, and resists staining, fading, surface moisture, and wear and tear.
Laminate Floor Maintenance:
It is very important that you keep water and other wet cleaners off the floor. A Swifter cleaner is very good and you can also you a sponge mop with a little moisture on the sponge. Do not use a steam machine. Don’t get the bucket out with water and full of soap suds. Keep particles of dirt and grit off the floor and keep the floors dry. Use a cotton throw rug at doorways. Please use furniture pads to keep from damaging the laminate flooring. Remember that laminate floors contains lots of chemicals in the manufacturing process. Formaldehyde and other chemicals could be a concern for indoor air quality. Some makers of laminate floors use a chemical process to somewhat neutralize the emissions. Make sure the laminate floor you are shopping for is complaint with United States certifications.
Please do check where the laminate you are purchasing is made at. There are a ton of manufactures who are outsourcing to other countries who have no rules or regulations about the environment and emissions. It is not easy to resolve claims on floors that run through several hands and middlemen (especially when the manufacture is overseas before you buy and take the product home).
Home Based Carpet and Flooring sells Tarkett, Columbia, Inhaus, Timeless KLaminate and Pergo. On products made overseas we make sure they comply with California certifications.
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