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About Laminate Floors

Laminate floors are a cheaper choice for hard surface flooring. Below is a quick reference to help you select the best floor for your décor and your lifestyle.

Construction

Laminate flooring consists of high-density fiber or wood with a photographic overlay that's designed to mimic the appearance of wood, stone, ceramic, or any other desired surface. A clear, hard topcoat protects the image underneath, and gives the floor its durability. These layers are heat- and pressure-treated to create the finished product.

Durability

Laminate floors are highly resistant to staining, fading and impact. However, damaged flooring often cannot be repaired, and must instead be replaced.

Design Options

One of the strongest advantages of hardwood flooring is its design versatility. Laminate floors come in virtually any color or pattern to suit your décor. Despite the image quality of the designs, however, laminate floors will not pass for other types of floors upon casual inspection.

Laminate Floor Characteristics

Laminate flooring is comparatively inexpensive, easy to install, durable, and easy to maintain. However, you should weigh these benefits against the advantages of other flooring options.

  • Resale Value: Homebuyers know the difference between a laminate floor and a natural-surface floor, like hardwood, bamboo, stone or cork. You are likely to recoup more of your flooring investment if you choose one of these higher-end options.
  • Wear Life: While hardwood, bamboo and cork flooring can last more than a lifetime with proper care and maintenance, most laminate floors have a wear life of less than 20 years.
  • Warping: Though the materials in laminate flooring is moisture resistant, the floors can warp in high-moisture areas. Unlike hardwood floors, which can often be sanded and refinished after water damage, laminate floors must be replaced.
  • Less Green: Though Shop 4 Floors requires its manufacturers to maintain the highest standards of environmental stewardship, a manufactured floor cannot achieve the same level of sustainability, longevity and biodegradability as a natural hardwood, bamboo or cork floor.
  • Refinishing: Hardwood floors can be sanded, stained and refinished multiple times to provide ultimate design flexibility. Laminate flooring cannot.