What is laminate flooring?

Laminate flooring is a layered material that has both excellent style and performance capabilities. These floors are remarkable mimics of wood, tile, and stone and come in an assortment of colors, patterns, and designs. Laminate wood flooring, especially, is now seen in high end, highly designed homes. It's affordable, durable, highly water-resistant, and easy to care for.

Paradise Floors and More believes floor shopping should be exciting, fun, stress-free. We remove the overwhelm. We're well-known in the flooring industry in the Sarasota area for our excellent quality, high integrity, and skill and our customer service. Our mission has always been to provide both competitive pricing and the highest quality product.

The basics of laminate composition

Underlayments reduce noise, increase stability, and some even come with a moisture barrier. Many laminate floors come with one pre-attached and if so, there's no need to buy an additional one. If, however, yours does not have one, ask your flooring pro about buying the best one for your floor. They are highly recommended.

The core is made of HDF (high-density fiberboard), MDF (medium-density fiberboard), or plywood. HDF is the strongest. Keep in mind that the core directly affects a flooring's stability and moisture resistant capabilities. The image layer is taken with 3D photography so it's clear and vibrant with visible knots, grains, swirls, and color/veining variations.

The wear layer is directly related to durability. This sits at the top and is a clear, aluminum-coated sheet that protects that floor from scratches and scuffs. While thickness, per se, doesn’t have much of a direct effect on durability, it obviously will make the flooring stronger. Most of all, a thicker surface floor means that subfloor imperfections won’t surface through. Look for anything from six to 12 mm thick.

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The floating floor installation

Floating floors are the installation technique, not the floor itself. Any installation will depend upon the quality of the material. On a floating floor, the pieces click together like a modified tongue and groove. The joined pieces for a mat which then hovers over the subfloor without any adhesive, glue, or staples needed. Keep in mind that the subfloor must be dry, free of debris, and even. Sometimes an installer will sand to even it out.

For more information about laminate flooring, visit the Paradise Floors and More showroom in Sarasota, FL. We serve Sarasota, Bradenton, and Venice. Ask about our estimates!