Laminate flooring is a highly resilient floor. Most laminate floors are photographs or designs of hardwood or tile imprinted onto a strong inner core material (such as Melamine) and then protected with a top clear wear layer. Do you remember the old Formica countertops that lasted forever but became outdated (yellow, orange, avocado green colors)? Well….that same durable material is what laminate is typically constructed of…but even stronger than those old Formica countertops!
These types of floors are highly resistant to scratching, denting, fading, staining and hold up extremely well to everyday busy families. Although the top layer is waterproof (like Formica countertops), the center core materials are typically not waterproof. Daily spills are not a problem for laminate floors. However, consideration should be given to installing these types of floors in shower rooms, laundry rooms, bathrooms, etc.
Maintenance is very simple and requires no long term care. Simple vacuuming, sweeping or periodic applications of a light spray laminate floor cleaner are all you need to do for the life of the floor.
The product is installed as a “floating” method whereby the product is installed on top of a thin cushion. The product rests on this cushion and provides for a softer walk. A moisture barrier roll is first installed if the product is installed over a concrete slab. There is no glue or nails needed with this installation method. Matching trim and moldings are offered by the manufacturer to provide a quality finish.