Laminate flooring is a type of flooring that is constructed from multiple layers. Usually there is an inner layer made of melamine resin, high-density fiber or wood particles, and a surface layer made with a photographic appliqué layer underneath a transparent protective top layer. The appliqué layer simulates wood and, on occasion, stone. The various layers are fused together through a lamination process.
Laminate flooring installation is usually significantly easier than that of regular hardwood flooring. Laminate tiles are either glued together or snapped together through slots and prongs. Although it is simpler to install the snap-together type, the glued-together type provides better resistance to moisture and is more structurally sound. Laminate tile flooring that uses the snap-together system tends to have separation issues with tiles spreading apart in high traffic or humid areas. If the tiles are not promptly reseated, dirt can enter the cracks making it difficult, if not impossible, to reseat.
Wood laminate flooring can be a cost-effective alternative to higher priced engineered wood or solid hardwood flooring. Discount laminate flooring can save you more than 25 percent over real hardwood floors. Prices can range from $1.50 per square foot to $3 per square foot with even better prices from wholesalers and other distributors.
Although laminate hardwood flooring looks pretty much the same as real hardwood flooring, its care is significantly different. Since the wood is simulated photographically, there are no real aging effects such as those experienced by real wood. With laminate tile flooring, if a section is badly damaged, the affected tile(s) can be easily removed and replaced and, unlike real wood a new section of wood laminate floor maintains the same color and look as the significantly older sections surrounding it. With real hardwood flooring, the wood ages and changes in color and size making it difficult to replace damaged sections with new flooring. Laminate floors don’t require the amount of effort that real hardwood flooring requires to stay beautiful since they don’t need periodic sanding or varnishing.
Laminate flooring offers its customers an inexpensive and fairly simple to install alternative to real hardwood flooring. It provides customers with a durable and easily repairable flooring solution that can installed without the need for professionals and that can even be installed on top of existing flooring.