The warm luster of laminate wood floors can give a cozy and natural look to your home or office. But according to recent press reports, there are some laminate floors imported from China that produce potentially dangerous emissions of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.
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- Just peel 'N' stick look and feel of natural wood grain extra thick 2.0mm gauge 10 planks per box - 15 square...
- Just peel 'N' stick
- Coverage: 200 sqft per roll
- Includes Moisture/Vapor Barrier. Mold & Mildew Resistant / Non Allergenic
- Price per 1000 sq.ft ( 10 rolls each 100sq.ft.)
- 2mm 3in1 Construction. With a pre-attached self-sealing strip and plastic overlap, installation is a breeze!
- USA Made - Not a cheap, imported knock-off. Factory Backed 1-Year Warranty
- Max Width 9 inches.Max Rake/Angle - 45 degrees on 6 Inch board.
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What is laminate flooring?
Laminate flooring is one of the most versatile, durable and easy to maintain types of flooring available. It is a synthetic floor, composed of several layers, designed to look like wood, stone, authentic tile and other materials. Advanced design innovations allow highly realistic visuals in a wide variety of styles and colors.
Is the laminate floor durable?
Very durable The multi-layer construction makes the laminate highly resistant to wear, stains and heavy traffic, making it very popular with people who have children, pets and active homes. At Armstrong Flooring, our laminates are available in a variety of performance levels, some classified for commercial use.
How is the laminate floor constructed?
Each layer in the laminate floor structure has a different purpose, but they work together to be reliably durable. The name of each layer and the exact specifications of each layer may vary according to the manufacturer and the product, but this is what you will find in Armstrong Flooring laminate flooring products:
- Wear layer: VisionGuard® is a transparent hardened melamine layer that protects the floor against spills, stains, and dullness, and resists scratches and marks. Many of our high-quality laminate flooring products actually have Commercial VisionGuard®, which has a higher abrasion test rating and provides superior protection.
- Design layer: a photographic image shows realistic visuals of wood or natural stone.
- Internal core: HydraCore ™ is our high-density fiberboard (HDF), moisture resistant, which provides the floor with stability, durability and moisture resistance. Our highest quality laminate flooring products feature HydraCore ™ Plus, which adds a more substantial feel and optimal sound absorption.
- Backrest: this rocking layer protects the floor against buckling.
Does the laminate floor look like real wood?
Of course yes. Also, stone, ceramics and even unexpected materials such as concrete or metal. And it is not only the photographic image in the design layer that makes this realism possible but also the engraving techniques that are used to create a consistent visual and texture. What you see matches what you feel.
The engraving intensifies the depth, texture and natural appearance of the floor highlights the design (especially when the light is reflected on the surface), and allows for ‘micro putty lines and precise details.
The engraving also allows achieving rustic styles polished by hand or brushed with wire that look like recovered real wood, or cracked concrete that recalls a wall worn by the sea.
In what part of my home can I install laminate flooring?
Laminate flooring can be installed almost anywhere in your home, above or below ground level, as long as you have a structurally stable, clean, dry and flat subfloor. It is ideal for bathrooms, kitchens, hallways, lobbies, dining rooms, living rooms, family rooms, and bedrooms.
You can also install the laminate on existing floors of wood, concrete, ceramic tile, vinyl sheet or even carpet. (the carpet must be fully adhered and not have a thickness greater than 1/4 in. on subfloors of suspended wood). See the installation instructions for all the details.
How do I select the best laminate floor for my style?
You have many options here. You can visit your nearest retailer and select the one you like best, or you can begin your search by examining our laminate flooring and using the filters to adjust your options. No matter how you choose, remember that it is the fun part! And we can help facilitate it with a preview of the options you can see.
Start with the basics: your design style. Will this room has a contemporary feel? Urban? Rustic? Chalet? Coastal? Eclectic? The different collections are often oriented towards different styles. For example, if you love the look of reclaimed wood, you can examine our Architectural Remnants collection and find various interpretations of the style, from exotic hand-polished wood to worn, beach-inspired designs. Its southwestern style may require laminate floors with a stone look that mimic Spanish cobblestones.
The laminate is available in a wide and exciting palette of colors, so regardless of your style, you will surely find one that combines with your décor and the look you are trying to achieve.
Different types of laminate will offer different levels of realism through texture. At Armstrong Flooring, our laminate products have one of three types of textures:
- Recorded in the register (EIR): the higher level of realism, which aligns the design image with the texture. For example, wooden knots, heel marks, wood grain, and tile mastic lines.
- General Texture (OT): You can feel the texture on the entire surface, but it does not align with the design image.
- Hand-polished texture (HST): wood designs with this texture will have a smooth to heavy hand-polished effect, sometimes with heel marks.
Laminate flooring comes in a variety of sizes, according to the look you choose. Most wood-look planks are 4 in. or more in width, while those with a ceramic tile look are between 12 in. and 15 in. Remember that the width of the individual planks can have a significant influence on the appearance of a floor. Larger widths (up to 7 inches or more) are trending and can make a room feel open and sophisticated. However, if the room is too small, the wide planks can seem overwhelming. Select the look that harmonizes well with the style and architecture of your home.
Do you prefer a fine (high gloss) or matt (low gloss) finish? Select the look that best suits your decoration or personal taste. Either way, the level of gloss of the laminate floor has very little effect on durability or performance. Low-gloss floors can hide the appearance of minor scratches on the surface slightly better than higher-gloss floors.
What is the best laminate floor for active homes?
Any laminate will provide outstanding durability, but if you really want to be sure and choose something that will last for an extended period, examine the higher collections with higher abrasion criteria (AC) classifications. The higher the classification of AC – ranges between AC1 and AC5, the better the wear resistance and durability of the product.
All Armstrong Flooring laminate products have an abrasion test rating of AC3 or higher. Products with our Commercial VisionGuard® wear surface provide superior protection with AC4 and AC5 ratings. Check our premium residential collections such as Architectural Remnants and Rustics Premium.