Laminate floors provide an exceptional durability to withstand the toughest household activity. Today's laminate styles consist of authentic wood visuals, rich ceramic looks or natural stone designs with different surface textures to accommodate any room in the house.
Laminate floor construction consists of three layers; a backing, a core material and a wear layer. Floors are installed using a floating floor system in which a padded underlayment sits between the subfloor and the laminate planks. This type of installation when walked upon can produce a hollow sound and have a slight give. Ridging or peaking where planks are joined together may occur and is considered normal.
Be aware that laminate transition pieces are fitted on top of the floor and may seem larger than traditional transition pieces.
Durable but not indestructible, laminate floors can be damaged by stiletto heels. However, the finish on these floors help protect the floor from sunlight and the typical fading you find with aging hardwood floors.
Placing doormats or walk-off mats at each entryway will collect excessive moisture and dirt before they enter the house. To avoid scratching, cover all table and chair legs. Use pieces of carpet face down under heavy objects when moving them across the floor.