Laminate / LVT
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Laminate flooring combines natural looking designs with a tough, durable finish and can be used in many applications. Because of its durability, aesthetic appeal and lower cost, laminate flooring has been one of the fastest growing floor choices in recent years. Stylized, laminate flooring is available in an impressive range of styles, colors and textures that are more realistic than ever, with looks that include exotic hardwoods such as Mahogany and Walnut, and the traditions of Oak, Pine and Maple, to natural stones and fabrics.
Laminate manufacturers employ computerized technology to form realistic wood and tile design patterns which are pressed together to form a hard, thick core. They then add an extremely durable and easy to maintain wear-layer over the top of the entire surface. The finished product closely resembles real wood, stone or tiles, and it is available in many styles and colors.
In recent years, laminate flooring styles have improved dramatically as graphics have become more realistic.
Some manufacturers offer an ‘embossed in register’ laminate style. This style of laminate flooring has a realistic texture and grain pattern, which mimics natural wood flooring.
Other ‘natural wood’ laminates include micro-beveled edged, hand scraped, distressed and wire-brushed styles. To add to the natural effect, some wood plank laminate flooring is offered in random lengths. The differing lengths (three or more) break up the uniformity of the regularly even-sized lengths to give the flooring a more rustic look and feel.
Tile & stone look laminates are available in various shapes, texture and sizes.
Laminate floors are designed for floating application over different sub floors. A special underlay is required underneath the laminate to allow for cushioning and to prevent moisture penetration - especially in the case of concrete sub floors. The underlay also allows for contraction or expansion of the laminate due to fluctuation in moisture and heat. Laminate can be installed below, on or above grade level, as well as on stairs. An acoustic underlay may be added to reduce sound transmission.