Laminate Flooring Company in Ephrata, Denver, Lancaster, and Lititz
Laminate flooring is relatively new when compared to other types of flooring such as carpet, tile, and wood, which have been around for a long time. There are many misconceptions about laminate flooring. One of the biggest is that laminate floors are cheap in terms of quality.
One of the reasons many people are so critical of laminate is because most of the early forms of laminate flooring were poorly constructed, and they did not look good when they were installed. People who purchased those early versions of laminate floors were often disappointed with the look and the durability of the material.
Today’s laminate flooring offers much more. In some cases, distinguishing between laminate flooring and hardwood flooring is difficult even for the trained eye. Many laminate products have 3D distress marks and texture making it look even more like an authentic hardwood floor. Most laminate products today have been engineered to be stronger and much more durable than the earlier versions. In fact, laminate flooring is ideal for households with pets or children as they are much more scratch resistant that hardwoods.
The scale by which a laminate’s scratch resistance is measured is called the AC scale or AC rating. Rated from AC1 to AC5 (or rarely AC6), homeowners greatly benefit from this piece of information when choosing their laminate floor. Hardwood flooring unfortunately does not use and AC rating. Laminates that are AC1 area easily scratched, while those that are AC5 or more are extremely scratch resistant. AC3 is a very common and residential-grade laminate, but with those who own large dogs, a higher AC rating is certainly recommended.
Installing laminate floors is generally less labor intensive because the floors are free-floating. This means they are not attached to the subfloor with nails or adhesives. Instead, the planks connect to one another and lock in place. As you can imagine, this makes for a lesser installation cost as compared to hardwood which requires nailing. In short, laminate floors are more scratch resist, look very authentic, and cost less in both labor and material. To some, going with laminate flooring is a no-brainer.
The Pros and Cons of Laminate Flooring
The biggest downfall of a laminate floor is that it cannot be refinished like hardwood. To some that is a deal-breaker, but to others who do not plan on living in the same home for more than 20-30 years, or plan on upgrading their flooring within the next 20-30 years anyway, it is a no-brainer. Yes, it is not a natural hardwood floor, but the benefits of its scratch resistance and price MAY outweigh the benefits of a natural hardwood floor.
While laminate flooring is free-floating, installation is still better left to professional flooring contractors because of the possibility of expansion, contraction, and other crucial technicalities to consider. At Maxamus Projects, we have years of experience correctly installing laminate flooring, and it is our number one goal to ensure you are satisfied with the final product. All of the advances in laminate flooring make it a viable alternative to traditional types of flooring.
We have a history of reliable work and satisfied customers, so hire us for all of your laminate installation in Lancaster County and other neighboring regions.