Laminate is a more durable, yet equally-stylish, alternative to wood
Learn About Laminate Flooring
If you’re looking to add the natural beauty of hardwood to your home but remain concerned about scratches and stains, be sure to take a look at laminate flooring. Laminate looks and feels exactly like hardwood, but it is specially-made to withstand wear and tear. Wrucks Carpet One Floor & Home in Wasilla has you covered with a great selection of laminate flooring, so let us help you make the perfect choice for your home or office.
Still an unsung hero of the flooring world, laminate nevertheless has a lot going for it. Made to last for a long and useful lifetime, laminate flooring has lower upfront costs. With its protective top layer, laminate can readily be wiped or swept clean. It is built in layers, resulting in a density that holds its own against stomping feet, so it works great in commercial environments. Thanks to this density, laminate is actually a smarter choice than actual hardwood, in many cases.
Where to Install Laminate Flooring
Laminate is a wise choice for a number of spaces. It offers water resistance and holds tight against scuffs and scratches, making it a popular option for finished basements and kitchens. However, since there are so many styles to consider, you definitely won’t want to rule it out in the den, dining room, or bedroom. Perhaps the best part of all is that laminate is relatively quick and simple to install- making it a good option for those who prefer instant gratification. It can even be installed by a first-timer with a bit of patience.
Laminate Flooring vs. Hardwood
Hardwood, as you probably know, is made from real wood and nothing else. This, however, can be problematic because wood can’t really handle heavy foot traffic and moisture. Laminate flooring, unlike hardwood, has a special layered construction, so it offers better performance. Laminate, for example, has a special top layer (called the wear layer) that resists virtually all scratches and scuffs. As a result, laminate never needs to be refinished like hardwood. In addition, laminate flooring has support layers that are made from composite materials such as high-density fiberboard. These support layers provide exceptional dimensional stability to every laminate plank, so the planks will not expand or contract when exposed to moisture. Laminate, although it is not considered 100% waterproof, will handle moisture better than hardwood.
How does laminate compare to hardwood in terms of appearance? Laminate floors have design layers that include high-definition visuals of hardwood. Because of advancements in digital printing technology, these visuals are truly authentic, so modern-day laminate looks exactly like real hardwood. And, many high-end laminate planks even feature realistic surface textures.
Laminate flooring installation is also more innovative than traditional hardwood installation. For example, laminate planks can usually be installed using a “click” method. With this method, the planks will perfectly attach and click together, so the surface will be gapless.
Our Laminate Selection
We’re happy to have one of the best laminate flooring selections in the Wasilla area. We, for example, have Carpet One exclusives such as Laminate for Life. Visit our Laminate for Life page.
We also offer a private label brand known as Northwest Trends. Northwest Trends laminate is super-durable, and, more importantly, it offers looks that are inspired by our local region. Our two most popular styles are Ravenna and Alki.
What about installation? We work with expert installation teams who can handle your project. Our teams know exactly how to install laminate flooring, and they’ll be able to accommodate any specifications you have in mind.
Low-Down on Laminate
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