Picking the right flooring for your Concord, CA, home is important. The floor you pick will have a huge impact on the look and feel of every room. Laminate is just one option to consider.
About Laminate Flooring
Laminate Flooring is one of the most popular flooring options today, thanks in-part to technology. This flooring type is a popular choice for living rooms, family rooms and it’s right at home in a kitchen, too. To understand if this is the right flooring choice for your home, let’s examine laminate flooring in more detail.
Generally, there are four different layers utilized in the construction of laminate flooring. Laminate is manufactured using one of two different processes: either “direct pressure” or “high pressure”.
Direct pressure laminate. With the direct pressure method, all of the layers are assembled at the same time and then heated and pressed together to form a bond. This is the most common type of laminate flooring.
High-pressure laminate. This type of laminate flooring is more often found in the premium end of the laminate flooring market. It is a relatively new innovation which basically treats the top and bottom layers of laminate flooring separately, and then fuses these onto the core layer under extremely high pressure.
In some cases manufacturers also add an underlayment which is applied to the backside of the flooring. This is designed to add sound insulation qualities to the flooring and also helps cushion the floor. The material which is usually used is cork, felt, foam or other similar material.
Let’s outline the four different layers in a typical of laminate floor:
The Wear Layer is the surface that is walked on and is the top-most layer. It’s typically made from cellulose paper that has been saturated with melamine plastic resins. This gives laminate flooring its excellent durability and scratch resistance.
The Design Layer gives laminate flooring its design, color and characteristics like grain pattern. It is the image that is seen through the wear layer and is usually made from cellulose paper with a photograph or a pattern printed onto it. As it is under the wear layer, the design layer is therefore protected from marks and scuffs.
The Core Layer is the main part of laminate flooring and is usually made from particle board. Various strengths and thicknesses can be found. A thicker core will be more durable and stable. Some laminate flooring types have a core layer treated with water repellant chemicals, and others have paraffin wax impregnated joints to prevent water from penetrating the core.
The Stabilizing Layer is the very bottom layer of the floor that is usually made from cellulose paper that has been saturated with melamine plastic resins, just the same as the top layer. The purpose of the stabilizing layer is to create balance on either side of the core layer so that one side isn’t affected differently from the other.
Floor Coverings International, serving Concord and surrounding areas, can help you determine what type of laminate flooring is best for your home. We offer free in-home consultations and offer many popular styles of laminate floors. Concord, California residents should look no further – we do the hard work so you don’t have to.
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Why Choose Floor Coverings International of Concord?
- Free In-Home Design Consultation – We take the hassle out of getting beautiful new flooring. With thousands of selections to choose from, our design associates bring the samples to you and help you narrow the choices by considering your lifestyle, personal tastes, and existing décor. Our designers are also well educated about all types of flooring so they can answer any questions you might have.
- Visualization – We can take a photo of a room, strip out the existing floor and drop different flooring options into the photo to give you a sense for what specific flooring options may look like even before it’s been installed. The technology is stunning and you’ll be instantly impressed when you see images of your rooms with different types of flooring! Our software provides a great way to view many different flooring options for each room to help make decisions. A tough decision just got a lot easier and we provide flawless installation. You won’t be disappointed.
- Our National Buying Power – It allows us to pass along savings with factory direct pricing from names like Shaw, Armstrong, Bruce, Mohawk, Daltile, Kraus, Gulistan, Beaulieu and more!
With so many flooring choices available, the perfect floor for your home and your budget is out there. Let the experts at Floor Coverings International Concord help you select the laminate floor that meets your budget and style requirements. We provide free in-home consultations in the Concord, Walnut Creek, & Lafayette, CA area. Call us today at (925) 363-4842 to schedule yours!
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