Laminates have come a long way—these floors are manufactured to look exactly like real wood. And the selection available today is dramatically different from years back. Some people can’t even tell the difference!
Today’s laminate flooring manufacturers have upped their game with better quality and dozens of types of wood species. You’ll find everything from American icons like oak, hickory and heartwood pine to exotics such as tigerwood and prado. There are rustic and antiqued versions, too, in case you want your floor to look as if it’s been there for centuries. Plus, many manufacturers throw in an increasingly varied portfolio of stone, tile and metal look-alikes.
What makes laminate flooring today so durable and beautiful? Laminate is made of four layers of materials that, when fused together, create stunning, resilient floors:
- Wear layer– A clear, top layer that provides resistance to stains and fading.
- Design layer– A high resolution, highly-detailed photographic image that realistically captures the look of genuine wood.
- Inner core –high-density fiberboard (HDF), an engineered wood product that’s strong, hard and dense, and keeps the laminate board stable, flat, and moisture resistant.
- Backing – A moisture barrier backing that protects the floor from warping.
Laminate offers the same stain, the same graining, and even the same texture as hand-scraped wood products. Laminate floors don’t scratch or dent easily, and best of all they give you the look of wood at an affordable price. Plus, no old-growth or exotic trees are used to produce laminate flooring.
To install laminate, we use a lock-and-fold installation method. And, contrary to what many people believe, you can install laminate in any room, even moisture-prone basements and bathrooms.
At Carpet One Floor and Home, our design consultants are equipped with the knowledge to guide you through the wide selection of products we offer, and our expert installation team is professionally trained to make sure everything gets installed the way you envision. We know your home is an expression of your sense of style, and we’re here to make sure you’ll be proud of it for years to come. Call 703-298-8876 for your free in-home consultation or visit one of our showrooms.
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