Des Moines Laminate Flooring and Flooring Installation
Laminated floors sure have come a long ways in the last few years. Today’s high-end styles offer a wide range of realistic wood and tile textures and appearance, even up close! A laminate floor can replicate many wood flooring species, including oak, Brazilian cherry, mahogany, walnut, chestnut, hickory, maple, ash and pine, among many others, plus natural stone and ceramic tile.
Laminate flooring is great for high-traffic areas within the home. The flooring is durable, easy to maintain and resistant to stains, fading, moisture and wear. Many homeowners are turning to laminate for their kitchen, dining and living rooms and for their lower level family rooms for a dramatic new look.
Frequently Asked Questions About Laminate Floors & Laminate Installation
What is a laminate floor made of and how is it made?
Laminate floors are a versatile, durable flooring option that mimics the appearance of a hardwood or tile floor. These floors are made up of several layers of material fused under high pressure, one of which is usually a moisture-resistant layer topped with a high-resolution, photographic image of the desired material look. Laminate flooring is typically finished with a clear coating of extremely durable protective resin. Laminate is considered eco-friendly as well, as it requires the use of fewer trees than hardwood.
How does laminate flooring compare to solid hardwood flooring?
To compare the two quite simply, laminate is more affordable than hardwood. It’s typically up to half the cost of a traditional solid wood product. Laminate flooring is also easy to install. Thanks to its click-lock design, it can even be a good DIY project for more experienced home renovators. In many cases, installation doesn’t even require glue. Finally, unlike hardwood, laminate is often resistant to scratches and fading, and some modern styles are also waterproof.
Which flooring is waterproof?
Laminate flooring comes in different levels of water resistance. Flooring may be treated with a waterproof wear layer to add protection against spills and moisture. Contact us to discuss your project and our professional team can help shop for the best option to keep your floors looking great and free from water damage.
Is there a laminate option that looks like wood flooring?
Yes! In fact, there are many natural looking options to choose from. Plank laminate can mimic the look of natural hardwood floors, so if there is a specific species of wood desired, it can certainly be achieved through laminate planks.