Laminate Flooring

Buying Tips for Laminate Flooring

Why has this new product category been such a hit?

Laminate products feature a newer type of wear surface that resists scratching, denting and burns better than many existing products. They also offer extended product warranties to back up these claims for superior performance. Much of the styling is done in wood grain patterns taking advantage of  the popularity of hardwood. Still other styling are available resembles natural stone that would be found in ceramic tile. Laminates offer a popular trade-off for people wanting wood or ceramic.

Laminate floors are more scratch resistant than most regular hardwood finishes and easier to clean than the grout lines associated with ceramic tile installations. Laminates also require less demanding preparation of the subfloor because they are not glued directly to this base. Most of these products are snapped together over foam padding. This feature has made laminate flooring popular in areas where vinyl flooring traditionally was installed.

Laminate flooring in wet areas

Many of the products are okay for wet areas, but the core is made of wood fiber. Look for products that have warranties, that cover water damage. All of them will insist on proper installation.