The appearance of the interior of your home is largely determined by your choice of flooring. There are a seemingly endless number of flooring products out there and choosing one over the others can be quite taxing.
Of course, you want your flooring to be warm, inviting, and attractive, but should you go with carpet, vinyl, ceramic tile, or hardwood? The look of a real hardwood floor certainly satisfies these requirements, but the cost may be prohibitive. If you still want the look of real wood floors at a lower cost, laminate wood flooring may be the right option for your home.
Laminated flooring has been on the market for the past 40 plus years, and is an easy to install, attractive, low cost, and durable alternative to real hardwood flooring. Laminate flooring has a base and core of wood products, a layer of a paper photograph that mimics wood grain, and a top coating of plastic to protect the image. The layers are bonded together with resin or glue in a process using heat and high pressure.
Over the years, developments in technology and techniques have brought vast improvements in laminate flooring with sharper high-definition imaging, deeper embossing, better seaming mechanisms and a host of other innovations.
Laminate flooring has many advantages over real wood flooring, and durability is certainly one. Because laminate flooring has a plastic finish, it resists stains and scratches must better than hardwood. The quality of different brands of laminate flooring can make a huge difference, and a high-quality grade of laminated flooring can remain beautiful for upwards of 15, 20 or even 25 years.
Laminate flooring is treated to resist ultraviolet radiation, so that it won’t fade like hardwood floors often do. It’s also easier to clean than hardwood, and regular sweeping and damp mopping is all that’s required to keep it looking good.
Laminate flooring is a very durable product. If you choose a high-quality flooring product, if you have it professionally installed, and if you follow the manufacturer’s care guidelines, your floor should remain beautiful for many years.
For over 20 years, Floor Advisor has sold and installed various types of flooring, including laminate, carpet, waterproof floors, engineered hardwood, and solid hardwood. We proudly serve customers in several communities throughout Northern Virginia, including Gainesville, Alexandria, and Leesburg. Combining our flooring installation services with a comprehensive selection of materials in countless colors and designs has made us a leading service provider to homeowners. Our team will work with you to find a perfect flooring option for every room, including bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms, basements, and bedrooms.