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Laminate Flooring Guide

Laminate Flooring Guide


It took quite a while for laminate to earn a reputation of its own. Although wood look flooring has always been available, at the time technology was not advanced enough to replicate the detail of hardwood. Fast forward to today, laminate is considered a durable alternative to hardwood flooring. New technology has made it possible for laminate to replicate stunning wood look visuals.


There are several benefits to installing laminate in your home, and the experts at McLeod Carpet One Floor & Home in Bloomfield Hills, MI, are here to help you find the best laminate floor for your home. 


Is Laminate Sustainable?


As eco-friendly flooring becomes a popular trend among homeowners, it is important to know what types of flooring are considered green. Green flooring options offer a wide range of benefits while adding a natural look that provides long-lasting appeal. Laminate in some cases can be considered a more sustainable flooring option compared to other floors. Laminates come in a wide variety of styles and can be made to look like natural materials such as wood and even stone. They mimic rare woods like eucalyptus, teak, and Brazilian cherry, which means you can obtain the amazing look these woods offer but won’t feel responsible for the damage caused to rare and protected forests. New eco-friendly laminate flooring features low volatile organic compounds (VOC) finishes and adhesives, which means nearly every element of your flooring is friendly for the environment and safe for you and your family. Eco-friendly laminates are usually made from a minimum of 74 percent recycled materials or higher, which means you are choosing a sustainable flooring model. Laminates are also available in snap-and-lock models, meaning you can install this type of flooring with no adhesive at all.


Laminate vs. Hardwood


Laminate flooring is offered in planks that are specially made to look like wood. New technology has made these planks look authentic, although they do not provide the same added value, they do deliver on style. When laminate was first introduced, it was difficult to convince consumers that it was an alternative to hardwood. Laminate today, however, is often sought out by those looking for wood look flooring that is affordable.


Laminate flooring is durable and great for areas with a lot of foot traffic. It is constructed of multiple layers that are supportive, much like an engineered hardwood floor. No longer worry about chips or cracks with laminate, and they will not warp due to moisture. Although laminate is not waterproof, it is more resistant to water than hardwood. However, you can find more and more waterproof options becoming available on the market. Laminate floors are designed to withstand every day challenges in your home caused by pets and children alike. 


Where can Laminate be Installed?


Due to the multilayer construction of laminate, you can install the planks in more areas than you could with hardwood. You can install it on, below, and above grade. That means you can have wood look floors in your basement, living room, or bedroom.


Laminate flooring features glue-less installation. The planks fit perfectly together and can float over your subfloor without any adhesive. You can still choose a glue-down option for a more permanent installation. Like any other floor, make sure your subfloor is clean and dry.




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Why Should I Choose Laminate?


Choosing a laminate floor option over hardwood can sometimes be hard, especially if you have fallen in love with a particular hardwood look. We’ve come up with a few tips on how to choose the perfect laminate floor.




How to MaintainLaminate Floors


Laminate is known to be the flooring with carefree maintenance. Get the looks of hardwood in your home but with the added durability of laminate.




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