One of the shining new stars in flooring is laminate flooring. This versatile, durable and affordable flooring option has become a favorite of builders and decorators and by providing design options in flooring to shoppers in all price ranges, laminate flooring seems well positioned to become the first choice in flooring for many price conscious transitional homeowners.

Simply stated, laminate flooring is a multi-layered wood based floating floor system that replicate the appearance of hardwood, stone, ceramic tile and other more expensive flooring options. It is available in strips, planks, and squares, and has specific features that make it easy to install and practical to maintain.

Improvements in manufacturing technology and in the various components of laminate flooring have created a modern, practical and versatile flooring product that is capturing a significant share of the flooring market.

Laminate’s versatility is its other great appeal. The look and feel of hardwood flooring for a bathroom or kitchen has been favored by decorators for years, but using natural flooring products in these areas might be inviting a disaster. With laminate flooring, and its strength, permanence and moisture resistance, the look can be achieved without the risk. It is also a popular choice for high traffic areas. Laminate flooring is particularly appropriate for areas where moisture is a concern.

Because of its “floating” installation, laminate planks can be protected by installing a vapor barrier underneath it. Most laminate products offer a 10-year to lifetime guarantee.

With its great looks, simple maintenance and affordability, laminate flooring will undoubtedly hold an even larger part of the flooring market for decades to come.


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