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How to buy laminate

Laminate flooring is a top seller, and that’s most likely because of the enormous number of benefits! It’s affordable, durable, easy to take care of, and stylish. Not all laminate's the same, so choose the highest quality for the best appearance and performance. Good quality laminate flooring, that’s also well taken care of and properly installed, can last up to 25 years or more. Read on to learn more about this fantastic product.

It’s all about style

One of the most significant benefits is the assortment of beautiful styles; it’s a remarkably realistic mimic of wood, tile, or stone. It comes in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and designs. It uses 3D photography and a high-definition printer so that all the patterns and colors are vivid and accurate; you’ll see knots, wormholes, grains, swirls, and veining variations. They are all deeply embossed to give the floor depth and dimension and textured appearances such as wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered, and distressed. Finishes come in matte, gloss, and high gloss colors.

The laminate can be cut into planks to simulate hardwood or tile-sized pieces. They all follow current trends so that you can install grey laminate flooring for your farmhouse style kitchen, a marble bathroom floor for a high-end spa atmosphere, or tile-pieces with that chic industrial look. Many feel the extra seams of a cut add to the realism, and many take it further by using grout with the tile-sized pieces.

AC ratings and durability

Check the AC (abrasion criteria) rating to ensure you get the most appropriate strength for your installation. AC (Abrasion Criteria) ratings, which number from AC-1 to AC-5, determine the floor’s resistance to foot traffic, impact, and wear. Residential floors are recommended to use AC-3 or AC-4.

The thickness should be at least 8-mm or 9-mm. If you select plank, go as high as 10-mm or 12-mm for a rigid, authentic feel. While cores determine water resistance and not durability, the best is HDF (high-density fiberboard).

Easy, uncomplicated installation

The installation technique is the floating floor, which both installers and homeowners love because of the fast, no-mess process. With this technique, pieces click together like a puzzle. They form a mat that hovers over the subfloor with no nails or glue needed. Subfloors need only be clean, dry, and level.

Some say the installation is just as important as the product. If you’re in the market for laminate flooring visit the Carpet Source Plus showroom in Northwood, OH especially if you live in Northwood, OH, Toledo, OH, Oregon, OH, Millbury, OH, && Curtice, OH. We’ll be happy to give you a free estimate and insight into the perfect laminate floor for your home.