Today’s Technology Makes It Possible To Closely Resembles Hardwood, You Might Even Have Trouble Spotting the Difference
A tribute to modern manufacturing, this new category of floor continues to make innovative breakthroughs. It now conveys the authentic look of wood or ceramic tile. A variety of shades and finishes allows you to choose the hardwood look down to the species and now, and they are mimicking hardwood even more.
Textured patterns offer beveled, distressed, and highly textured options to give your new floor the look and feel of true hardwood, wood grain and all. Use texture to add a distinguishing touch to your home or choose a distressed look to provide affordable beauty.
Understanding Your New Floor
I have years of experience with most brands, and am familiar with all of its characteristics and capabilities, as well as it’s limitations.
The purpose of this article is to build your understanding; increase your awareness of it and decrease any concerns you may have about it.
You should know as much about the subject as necessary to be an are and informed consumer. The goal is to make you a better buyer, whether you do business with us or with another, I want you to understand, learn, experience — know — as much about these new products as you fell you need to.
So, if it’s is a possibility, you’ve found the right place and the right people.
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This category of flooring is often the choice for many homeowners. There are a lot of good reasons why it’s a popular choice in today’s homes. Yet, it if it’s likely a possibility for your home or business, then you need to first understand what it is.
It’s not hardwood, and it’s very common for people to ask for “Laminate hardwood flooring”, what they often don’t realize is, they’re asking for two different products, which doesn’t exist. It is a manufactured product that simulates the look of hardwood, ceramic tile, natural stone and many other types of flooring, while still a synthetic floor. Now, in the past, these floors have been easy to spot, but today’s technology allows manufacturers to create realistic visuals and textures for an elegant and quality floor; some even sound like hardwood when you walk across it with hard soles shoes.
I think you’ll be amazed or surprised at how beautifully it will resembles other premium types of flooring.
In fact, many of today’s updated styles consist of extremely authentic hardwood and natural stone visuals to accommodate any room in your home.
This floor is well suited to those shoppers who want the look and feel of real hardwood or stone but without the cost or maintenance that can be associated with natural products. Now I’m not one to try and talk you out of a quality flooring, yet if your budget won’t allow for that, you should at least consider a new floor.
It is a fact, it usually costs a little less than hardwood floors and natural stone tile.
So, this flooring is fairly popular among buyers who are looking for a beautiful, durable, yet cost-effective flooring solution for their home.
And this flooring functions well in any space with their many different styles and colors for both commercial and residential applications.
You can choose from natural colors and dark wood grains as well as warm or cool color tones to compliment any room décor in your home. These days grey’s are making a huge comeback, be sure to ask for them when looking at samples, you’ll be surprised how beautiful that are.
And if the “plank” look interests you, many hardwood plank designs are offered in our floors, including rare, exotic wood species like Brazilian Cherry, Mahogany, Teak and Acacia.
Our flooring offers stone and tile patterns, they will give you the elegant look of tile and stone, yet without the concerns of grout cleaning or cracking tile. Something you might want to consider for low maintenance. And if yours is a busy household or a home with children, a durable, low maintenance product like this floor, and is a great choice for your active lifestyle.
Because our flooring is stain resistant, it doesn’t need to be varnished or waxed. A good thing to know.
Our floors are much less likely to fade in direct sunlight, unlike most hardwood floors, which can darken with exposure to sunlight.
Don’t worry if you feel a little unfamiliar with this product. This newer category of floor are relatively new to this country, we’ve been offering them for 25 years, but have been used in Europe for more than 48 years.
Why Europe you ask? Since most of our flooring can be installed over many types and layers of existing floors, it has made it a natural for old European buildings.
More and more Americans are becoming familiar with this flooring because they have been aware of Formica® type countertops for years, and they’re very similar in principle.
By using the countertop technology and adding considerably more resin to the wear layer, some of the flooring manufacturers boast that their floors are now at least 10 to 20 times harder than Formica® type countertops.
Since this resin-filled wear layer is so dense, it becomes extremely difficult to stain or scratch.
And here’s something you might find interesting, our floors are never secured directly to the subfloor, instead they are floated over the subfloor.
This allows the flooring to be used over a wide variety of subfloors, including wooden subfloors, existing tile or vinyl floors and even concrete slabs.
Which may explain why, today, this flooring has become one of the best selling floor coverings in the United States.
Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions I’ve Answered On Video You You Regarding your New Floors:
Laminate Flooring Albuquerque Deserves…
To recap, you should know that our floors offer many benefits to you and your home, including:
- Exceptional durability.
- Easy to clean surface.
- Superior stain resistance.
- Superior fade resistance.
- Install in/on all grade levels, even below grade.
- Install over many different types of subfloors.
- Great impact and indentation resistance.
- Exceptional realism at affordable costs
- Easy to replace later on, if desired.
Whatever your flooring budget, you need to be assured that once you make your purchase you know all the basic facts about your flooring choice.
Buying this type of flooring is no exception.
It pays, today and tomorrow, to know not only the basics but also some of the specifics.
That’s what I offer you this section, it’s a summary of many of the things you should know about our flooring before you buy.
That way your final decision not only creates a warm, inviting environment in your living spaces but also delivers what these floors are noted for: excellent durability and easy maintenance, this flooring will stand up and stand out.
Our flooring is a remarkably durable surface, stain resistant, and will never need to be varnished or waxed, so it’s very easy to maintain.
These are floors for busy households, especially homes with kids and pets.
Today’s styles consist of authentic wood visuals, rich ceramic looks or natural stone designs with different surface textures to beautifully accommodate any room in your home.
Understand this about pricing. When considering your new floor, you will notice that there is not much price variation in styles. This is due to the relatively uniform manufacturing process: no matter what the style, color or type, it is still a photograph that provides the decorative surface.
The more expensive ones include those with a textured and more natural looking surface with a greater number of screens, widths and beveled edges. Some floors that simulate the more exotic varieties of hardwood flooring with texture, various widths, thicknesses and lengths can quickly rise in price, so keep that in mind.
However, higher-end styles are more durable and have extended warranties.
What you should know about “floating floors”.
Most of these floors are installed using a “floating floor system” in which a padded underlayment sits between the subfloor and the planks.
The planks sit directly on the underlayment and are not anchored to the subfloor on the bottom but rather anchored by the edges and it’s weight.
When walked upon this type of installation can produce a hollow sound and have a very slight give.
Slight ridging or peaking where planks are joined together may also occur. This is considered normal and nothing for you to be concerned about.
Some floors lock together without the use of adhesive on the sides of the planks. These are glueless installations.
Glueless floors have planks that simply interlock together. These floors make for easy repair if that is ever necessary for you down the road.
Get the bottom line, know the entire cost of ownership.
The “cost per square foot” of your floor is just one component of the entire project cost. To ensure there are no surprises, and the floor you select fits within your overall project budget, be sure to ask us to calculate the total cost of your floor covering project.
Here’s a list of potential additional expenses you may incur:Furniture removal/replacement.
Demolition/disposal of old floor covering.
Depending on the existing floor covering, this can be an expensive item; also, be sure to include the cost to dispose of the old floor covering.Subfloor preparation.
Depending on the condition of the subfloor, it may require additional work.Installation.
Determine the cost per square foot to install it. Materials required to complete the installation. Your new floor may require additional materials to install it properly.Floor Prep
This is an area that most homeowners don’t consider, I’ve never seen a perfectly flat slab or subfloor in my many years of installing floors. Be aware that getting it flat and within, manufacturers specifications for a good installation is no easy task, and special skill and equipment is necessary to achieve a quality installation for you.Baseboard removal or replacement.
One more area that consumers overlook is the baseboards, here in Albuquerque, we have varying degrees of temperature and humidity, do not assume you’ll be able to re-use your existing baseboards and if you can, be sure to ask if re-installing, re-caulking and painting are included with the quote or not.
Be sure to also consult the manufacturer’s warranty and care guide for directions on how frequently the floor should be cleaned and the the proper cleaners to use.
There’s a lot to know and keep in mind before buying your new floor, but it’s well worth the effort. If you’re a smart and knowledgeable shopper it will show where it counts – in a beautiful, durable and easy to care for floor.
For additional free help and advice to help you find the best flooring – whether carpets, hardwood floors, tiles or laminates – at the best price, call 505-856-6268
or contact Carpet Source USA today.