An Introduction to Laminate Floors
Laminate floors are quickly becoming the flooring of choice for active families and homeowners.
If you love the gorgeous look of a wood or stone floor but are worried about high traffic that can ruin expensive floors, laminate flooring is probably the best option on the market.
Laminate flooring is a lot like Formica countertops - a combination of layers of wood and melamine plastic that imitate real wood, stone or other textures.
But what you're seeing when you look at laminate flooring is actually a picture - a high-quality photograph of real wood or stone that has been placed on top of the floor and covered with ultra-strong, clear plastic.
Laminate flooring is available in planks, strips and tiles. Traditionally, it is glued into place, but in the past few years manufacturers have introduced some incredible glueless and pre-glued formats that cut installation time in half!
Laminate flooring is installed on top of your existing floor. And, if you choose a glueless floor, you can even remove the floor and take it with you when you move!
One of the few disadvantages to a laminate flooring is that it cannot be refinished, sanded or stripped. However, with some of the strongest warranties in the flooring industry, there's not much chance you'll ever need to replace your laminate floor!