Laminate FlooringNatural wood looks with extra strength and stability
Laminate Flooring's Advantages
Laminate flooring has always been a more durable alternative to hardwood flooring, but in the past, there certainly was no mistaking between the two. Laminate simply was not realistic enough to truly replicate hardwood. But, because of advances in technology, modern-day laminate flooring looks almost exactly like hardwood. In fact, it’s no surprise that laminate is sometimes referred to as laminate wood flooring. So, laminate is now truly a stylish and more durable hardwood alternative. What makes laminate more durable?
Unlike hardwood, laminate has a special top layer that is called the wear layer. This wear layer is extremely strong, so it resists scratches and impacts much better than other surfaces. As a result, laminate flooring does not need to be refinished like hardwood. Also, the wear layer can be textured so that the surface actually feels like wood. For truly authentic looks and feels, be sure to choose laminate that features registered embossing technology. With this technology, the surface’s texture will match identically to the wood grains.
Laminate also has additional support layers underneath the top layers. The core layer provides extra support against foot traffic, and, since it’s made from high-density fiberboard saturated in resin, it offers some water resistance. Consequently, compared to hardwood planks, laminate planks are less likely to expand or contract when exposed to moisture. The base layer is fused to the core layer for extra stability. It acts as a bottom barrier that protects the planks from expanding or contracting in most conditions.
For the most part, laminate flooring is less expensive than real hardwood flooring, mainly because it does not require as much natural wood. To learn more about laminate, visit Valley Carpet One in Van Nuys, CA.