Laminate Flooring Information
Laminate flooring is one of the fastest growing flooring categories. This type of flooring has been used widely in Europe for over 20 years. Laminate floors are related to laminate counter tops, such as Formica.
Laminate floors are incredibly durable and are available in many wood or tile looks.
Stop by an Alexanian store for a look at the latest laminate flooring styles from Formica, Mannington, Oulong, Quickstyle, Kathy Ireland, Kronotex, and Marmoleum.
What is Laminate Flooring?
Laminate flooring is a tongue and groove interlocking flooring system that floats on top of an existing subfloor. The subfloor
could be wood, a concrete slab, an existing vinyl floor or
many other existing flooring types. The word "floating"
means the laminate floor is not attached to the floor
Above: Laminate floor details.
Laminate flooring is made up of a hard core material that is laminated between a top printed layer and a special backing. The boards are saturated in plastic-type resins. Laminate floors are quite similar to "Formica" type counter tops. What makes this a great flooring system is the extremely tough melamine resins in the wearlayer, combined with the floating installation method.
Laminate Floors are Tough!
Some laminate manufacturers boast a hardness 10 times that of traditional wood floors. The resin-filled wearlayer is so dense that it becomes extremely difficult to stain, scratch, or even burn with a cigarette. It is very difficult to scratch a laminate floor. Many laminate floors have a wood grain appearance. Newer more abstract designs are also available, such as sandstone and marble. Laminate floors are made in long rectangular shaped planks or square tiles.
Laminate flooring is made using a unique printing process which creates an extremely realistic looking hardwood floor. Laminate floors are so dense, they are easy to keep clean. All that is really required is vacuuming, dust mopping, and maybe a damp towel. Most laminate floors have a 10 to 25 year residential warranty against staining, wearing, and fading.
Laminate Flooring Installation
To validate your warranty, Alexanian's recommends following the manufacturer's installation guidelines. Alexanian's trained installers can install your floor for you.
Care and Maintenance of Laminate Floors
Generally, all that is required for laminate floors is vacuuming, dust mopping, and occasionally a damp towel. Consult the manufacturer's recommended cleaning procedures for further details. Some manufacturers offer special cleaning and touch-up solutions.
Severely damaged boards can be replaced, by following the manufacturer's guidelines. It usually requires saved boards from the original installation, or contact Alexanian's.
For detailed care and maintenance tips
visit our care and maintenance page.