The Basics of Laminate Flooring
in Fayetteville, NC
Laminate flooring is the result of the fusion of four different layers of material into one versatile, durable flooring product. It can be manufactured into any size and shape, often made to beautifully mimic traditional hardwood planks or stone tiles.
What type of laminate is best for you?
Perhaps the best advantage that laminate floors have over hardwood is their ability to affordably replicate the look of any wood species or color in a variety of styles. On top of that, laminate flooring can be made to look like natural stone or ceramic tile.
At Webb Carpet, you’ll find laminate in smooth and hand-scraped textures, in wide or thin planks, and built for various installation methods (including glue-less, glued-down, pre-glued and with underlayment attached).
Make a statement with wood laminate and tile-and-stone laminate styles from Shaw Floors, available here in our showroom. For more information about the styles and brands we carry, stop by and chat with one of our experts! You can also give us a call or reach out online. We look forward to working with you.
Laminate Flooring vs. Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood flooring is highly sought after for the beauty and value it adds to a home’s design. Newer homes being constructed and sold at lower price points are capturing that beauty in laminate flooring, which mimics wood’s warm, natural character. These two types of flooring may look identical in many ways, but how do they stack up against one another?
- Made from harvested trees
- Susceptible to scratching, moisture damage, and wear, all of which can add to the character of your home over time
- Can be refinished to sand down imperfections, lasting for decades
- Made from composite wood materials, which are up to 50% less expensive to manufacture and install than hardwood
- Scratch-resistant, moisture-resistant, and wear-resistant
- Easy to clean, but not easy to repair
- Snaps together for easy installation
The Layers of Laminate Flooring
Laminate is generally made up of a combination of wood-based materials, typically configured into the following four layers:
- A bottom, backing layer that balances the plank or tile and keeps it straight. This layer also seals the board for moisture protection. This layer is often a built-in substitute for underlayment.
- A high-density core layer that makes up the bulk of the laminate product. This layer is what gives laminate its strength and stability.
- A decorative layer featuring a high-quality, photorealistic printed design. This can technically be anything, but typically features an image of traditional natural flooring materials such as hardwood, stone or ceramic tile.
- A top wear layer that gives each plank a luster and protection from wear, scratches, UV light and stains.
Laminate Care & Maintenance
Laminate flooring is an investment that adds to the beauty and value of your home. We've assembled some quick tips in order to protect your flooring for years to come. Make sure to follow all regular care and maintenance tips as described by the manufacturer.