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    Laminate flooring is a synthetic product created by sealing several layers in a lamination process. The flooring option is built for both durability and affordability. The best thing is these products mimic real wood and are available in several styles including hickory, oak, maple, and walnut. Laminate flooring is the best option if you are working on a DIY floor project.

    Laminate flooring is made up of 4 distinct components:

    • Wear layer

    This is the topmost layer. It is the part that resists scratches resulting from daily use. The layer is easy to clean and maintain. It is responsible for the stain- and fade-resistant appearance of laminate flooring.

    • Décor layer

    This is the printed image below the wear layer. It is what recreates the natural look of tiles, wood, or stone.

    • Core layer

    The dent-resistant properties of laminate flooring come from the core layer. When compared to real wood flooring, laminate flooring offers better resistance to dents.

    • Backer layer

    This is the final layer. Its function is to provide additional stability and support.

    Where to Install Laminate Flooring

    The best thing about laminate flooring is that it is durable. It is thus a perfect choice for the high traffic areas like foyers and living rooms. Modern-day laminate floors are, however, not limited to any specific room. They can be installed in just any room thanks to the details and styles. Its waterproof materials make it a good choice for both bathrooms and kitchens. It can also be installed in basements provided you satisfy the installation requirements.

    In addition to flooring, the majority of laminate floor planks can be installed on interior walls. Our team at HardWood Planet can help with this. Give us a call to find out more.

    Why Choose Laminate?

    Most people go for laminate flooring because they mimic real hardwood. Even so, there are several other reasons why you should choose laminate flooring.

    • Affordable

    Laminate is cheaper to buy than hardwood. The best thing is even with the low cost, you still get an authentic look that is virtually indistinguishable from real wood. If you are on a tight budget but still want the hardwood flooring look, laminate will be the best pick.

    • Versatility

    Laminate is versatile in that you can simulate several natural hardwoods. All that is needed is to take the perfect picture of the desired hardwood and transfer it to the floors. Laminate flooring can also simulate natural patterns and textures.

    • DIY

    Are you planning to install the floors yourself? Laminate uses a click-and-lock installation method. It is very easy to get things done yourself. There is no need for using glue on every plank.

    There are many more advantages that come with using laminate. Our team at HardWood Planet is happy to help you make the most informed choice and get the best results. Give us a call today for more information.

    Things to Know About Laminate Flooring

    When choosing laminate flooring, there are a couple of key features you have to consider.

    • Thickness

    Laminate flooring mostly comes in thicknesses of 7 millimeters to 12 millimeters. You should, however, note that all laminate floorings offer similar dent resistance. However, if you need more bend resistance due to uneven subfloors, thicker laminate will be better.

    • Width

    The planks can have a width of less than 5 inches or more than 7 inches.

    • Finishes

    There are endless options including maple, hickory, cherry, oak, chestnut, walnut, and pine.

    • Abrasion Criteria Rating

    The abrasion criteria (AC) rating represents wear resistance on a scale of 1 to 5. The higher the AC rating is the more durable the material is. AC 3 and 4 are the most common for residential flooring products. AC 5 can withstand heavy commercial traffic.

    • Texture

    Laminate flooring comes in a wide range of textures. The most common are embossed, hand-scraped, and high gloss.

    Underfloor Heating

    You cannot use all underfloor heating with laminate flooring. For those compatible, you may need to embed the mesh in a self-level or thin-set prior to installing the laminate flooring.

    Cleaning and Caring for Laminate Floors

    You should use a cleaner that is designed specifically for laminate flooring. You should dust mop or sweep the floors at least once a week to prevent scratching. Spills should be cleaned quickly. In the high traffic areas, use doormats or area rugs to reduce wear and to collect moisture and dirt. You need also to keep the nails of pets trimmed, as well as use plastic casters and pads on furniture so as to prevent scratches.

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