Laminate Floors

Flooring is such an important aspect in the design and functionality of your home. Below you'll find an article about one aspect of flooring, something we at Forever Floors have put together to help your gather information necessary for making your own personal flooring decisions.

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Laminate floors

Laminate floors are an affordable alternative to hardwood, stone or tiled floors. Laminate floors are made by embedding a high quality photograph of wood, stone or another pattern between a subsurface and a transparent layer of melamine or cellulose. The subsurface is generally several layers thick, and gives the flooring strength, body and stability.

The top surface is usually buffed to a high, hard gloss that resists scratching and marring, and stands up to years of wear and tear in a way that wood or stone can't. It's the middle layer - the actual image - that makes these floors wear like iron. Unlike most other floors that only have the image on the surface, the image layer of a good quality laminate floor is several millimeters thick - and the image goes clear through it. You can find laminate floors in a wide variety of styles and patterns that mimic nearly any other surface you can imagine.

A well-made laminate floor can be practically indistinguishable from marble, teak, oak or other far more expensive surfaces - but they offer advantages that non-laminated floors can't give you.

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A wood laminate floor can give you the look that you want without the worry, because wood laminates have a moisture resistant finish and will therefore not be damaged by those steamy showers that you love. They also won't expand and contract the way that wood does, so you don't have to worry about giving your floors 'ease' room.

Here are some advantages of laminate floors:

- Have you read the care instructions for real hardwood floors? Buffing, oiling, waxing, polishing and finishing - you could spend half your life keeping your wood floor looking good. Stone floors are almost as bad - ask any janitor in a public building about the daily polishing that marble floors require. But for the laminate floors - just sweep them regularly to keep dirty grit off of them, damp mop them to pick up any spills and their beautiful shine will last for years.

- One of the most often quoted reasons for replacing your wall to wall carpets with wood or stone floors is to get rid of allergens and odors that cling to the fibers. Laminate floors are odor resistant, and don't give dust mites a place to breed. And unlike wood and stone, they don't require hours and hours of buffing and polishing to keep them looking good.

- Accidents do happen. If something damages your wood or stone floor, replacing one section can be a major undertaking. Repairing a laminate floor is usually as easy as removing and replacing the damaged plank or tile.


- Installing a new stone or hardwood floor is not a do-it-yourself project. It requires expertise and know-how that most homeowners don't have. Laminate floors, on the other hand, are nearly as easy to install as place and press tiles - and they look a whole lot better.

- Durable Wood laminate veneers stand up to the kind of wear that would leave wood floors covered with nicks and scratches. The high impact finish will tolerate the worst that your family can dish out without showing the wear. Your new laminate floor will still have a beautiful gloss years after wood floors need refinishing.

Please note: If you specifically want a floor with the look and feel of natural wood, you also have a third option that falls between hardwood floors and one of laminated wood - engineered wood floors. Strictly speaking, engineered wood floors are a sub-type of laminate floors.

Engineered wood is made of several wafer thin layers of wood set at cross grain and compressed under high pressure. It may also be impregnated with acrylic to make it more durable.

Engineered wood floors are more expensive than other laminates, but less expensive than solid wood flooring. They're an excellent choice if the look that you want includes parquet borders and insets. Why add to your daily chores when installing a laminate floor once will save you time and money.

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