First things first. At DIY Floors, you'll save 50-75% off retail floor prices. There is no sales tax on any order purchased and shipped outside of Indiana, most orders come with free shipping, and you'll still have your floor delivered in about a week! You see, at DIY Floors, we keep the flooring in stock. We don't order from an outside company after you order from us, so most floors ship out the next business day.
Over 30 years of technological innovations have rendered laminated flooring extremely durable. Even cheap laminate flooring is dent, scratch, burn, stain and fade resistant, making it a perfect choice for households with large dogs or active kids. It is also able to handle the kind of traffic common to many businesses. Improvements in the finishes and the top layers of the planks make laminate floors hypoallergenic and very easy to clean. As photographic technologies have advanced, the available looks of laminate floors have become almost boundless. Laminates can feature different wood grain looks, colors, plank widths, and surface styles in addition to classic high gloss and modern hand-scraped laminate flooring textures.
The majority of these will have a click together type of locking system, and are designed to float over an existing floor or subfloor. The manufacturing process makes even discount laminate flooring an environmentally responsible product, and it remains a much lower cost item than even really cheap hardwood flooring.
Colors and Styles
A laminate floor can look like almost anything due to its decorative photographic layer. This includes not just wood in general, but also the expensive, exotic species of wood that may not even be available as a genuine hardwood choice due to the rarity of the trees or import issues. Choices can include attractive tile laminate flooring and tile looks without the floor hardness, or any worry about breaking or cracking a piece. With laminate flooring you can select from an almost endless variety of types, colors, plank sizes and surface styles, while you accommodate your durability needs.
The actual width of most planks is around five inches, but a greater varieties of widths and lengths are available every year. Then, even if the plank itself is a certain size, the image can be made to look like more than one plank in either direction. They're called 2-strip" and 3-strip" when the division is vertical, based on how many pieces of wood each plank is supposed to look like. Tile style laminates also tend to be wider, to match the look of real tiling.
Unlike real wood, laminate flooring will not fade. Even direct sunlight over a long period of time will not dull the images. As a rule, all laminate is considered to be more durable than carpet, and most exceed the durability of hardwood floors as well. In areas with high foot traffic, especially by children or pets, or in commercial locations, laminate floors can be extremely impact, scratch and stain resistant. High durability cheap laminate wood flooring is always going to be available. But you might have a room without those concerns. Here is where the variety becomes good for you, because you could spend even less money for a floor with less thickness, or a lower AC rating. That's a scale used to convey the durability of laminate flooring. Higher AC ratings tend to come with more expensive floors, though ours are always at least 3 out of 5, which is the highest rating for residential uses. Laminates range from 7mm to 12mm in thickness (just under 1/2"). The padding underneath can range from 2mm to 5mm for the thicker floors. These underlayments can be made of foam plastic, rubber, felt or other materials, each bringing different levels of warmth and sound absorption.
Solid hardwood adds dollar value to a home. Vinyl flooring beats everything on being waterproof. Laminate is the winner for surface durability.
A laminate floor can be installed at any level of the house, some even below ground level (or below grade"), which is not an option for some other floors. Even brands which are not fully waterproof tend to be water resistant enough for areas where spills may occur, because these spills, quickly wiped up, will not harm the planks.
Laminate flooring prices are always lower than real hardwood. This is partly because the recycled materials used to manufacture it cost less than new, natural floor materials. Since Floors To Your Home specializes in discount flooring, we frequently have a laminate flooring sale to allow our customers to find premium wholesale laminate flooring that's on trend and on budget.
The same surface that makes even the cheapest laminate flooring so durable also makes it very easy to clean. No special cleaning chemicals are required. Generally, just daily sweeping will do the trick. spills can be wiped up with a damp cloth.
The design and finishes on laminate floors prevent the planks from catching dust, pollen, pet dander, and other allergens. The underlayment required for all laminate floors creates a barrier that prevents moisture damage and inhibits growth of molds, spores, and fungus.
The click and lock laminate installation systems make it so easy that many people save the cost of hiring an installer and just do it themselves. The pieces just lock together. Also, floating floors need less pre-installation preparation than other floors, because they can go right over some existing floors. They take less time to install because nail guns or staplers are not needed, and there's no waiting around for glue to dry. All laminates come with installation instructions. We have produced a number of videos demonstrating the click together systems and other installation issues, and there are plenty more out on the web.
The range can be from 20 years to lifetime, covering staining, fading, and general wear. Some even cover moisture. Laminate manufacturers tend to believe in their products, and guarantee them accordingly.
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Laminate floor planks are made of a few basic layers. The bulk of the plank is called the core layer. The bottom layer is a stabilizing layer, and the top two layers are the photograph that displays the particular look you are after, and a transparent finishing layer on top of that, which protects the laminate from scratches, stains and moisture.