Laminate Floors Offer More Than Beauty & Durability
You might not give your floors much thought -- until it comes time to replace them. Then you realize that there are many options out there. For busy families whose floors need to stand up to kids and pets, laminate flooring is an excellent choice.
The most common laminate flooring designs have a wood grain appearance; some are even made to look like stone or marble. Laminates are designed to look good for many years with a minimum amount of maintenance.
Laminate flooring consists of four main components that are bonded together. A wear resistant decorative surface made of resin-based melamine/aluminum oxide is bonded to a moisture resistant wood composition-based core.
A balancing backing is bonded to the underside of the core. On the top is a clear cap sheet of aluminum oxide, which provides the protection and stain resistance. Since the resin-filled wear layer is so dense, it becomes extremely difficult to stain, scratch or burn.
Laminate Flooring Offers Easy Installation....
Can be installed over almost any subfloor that is flat and clean.
Ease of installation is one factor that contributes to the popularity of laminate flooring. It uses a tongue and groove interlocking system, which can be installed over the top of an existing flooring. Plywood, concrete slab, sheet vinyl flooring, hardwood flooring or virtually any other basically flat hard surface is a suitable base for laminate.
Most brands of laminate flooring require that the joints be glued with specially formulated, water-resistant glue placed between the tongue and grooves of every plank. However many manufacturers are meeting the demand of glueless interlocking system that will provide strong, tight joints without messy glue or special tools.
Because installation is so simple, and because you can walk on your new floor immediately (no waiting for glue to dry), beautifying your home with new laminate flooring is truly a project you can do in a weekend.
No matter what your décor or your lifestyle, you can find a laminate floor to fit your needs. Laminate flooring can be used in virtually any area of your home, such as kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms and bathrooms.
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Laminate Floors Are Easy To Maintain....
Taking care of a laminate floor is very easy. Simply vacuum or dust mop regularly to remove loose dirt or grit to keep your floor looking like new and avoid scratches. Chair glides or cushioned bottom protectors under chairs and table legs also help prevent possible scratching, and floor mats at all outside doorways keep dirt from coming inside
Laminate Flooring Is The Right Choice For People With Allergies...
The hygienic and healthy living qualities make laminate floors ideal for people who suffer from allergies. Laminate flooring is the perfect solution for children's bedrooms and all other living areas throughout your home.
Dust is unable to collect on laminate flooring and therefore house-mites are unable to establish themselves. This means that laminate floors are ideal for people who suffer from allergy to dust, dander and other household contaminates.
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