Finding the perfect laminate flooring with three easy questions

Finding the perfect laminate flooring with three easy questions

A few years ago, I was at a holiday celebration and commented on the homeowner's gorgeous wood floors. The oak floors had knots, raised grains, and a beautiful reddish-brown undertone.

However, she told me it wasn't genuine hardwood but, rather, laminate wood flooring.

Finding the perfect laminate flooring is easy. Just follow these three simple rules.

Rule #1: Images should be vibrant and accurate

Whether you choose a wood, stone, or tile look, colors should be vivid and patterns bold. You should be able to see knots, grains, swirls, undertones, and color/veining variations.

Just because it?s synthetic doesn?t mean it can?t look like it came out of the forest!

Rule #2: There should be textures?

Textures put the finishing touch on floors, making them unique. The homeowner in my example had her floors hand scraped; this texture creates color variations between the laminate flooring planks.

Other wood textures include wire-brushed, distressed, and embossed-in-register (EIR).?

Stone can be polished, honed, leathered, or brushed. Embossing enables manufacturers to create by machinery what's usually done by hand or by Mother Nature.

Rule #3: It should have an AC rating of at least 3

Abrasion Criteria is a set of rigorous tests for each laminate product. It's a 1-to-5 rating system that, as the numbers increase, so does the strength.

The failure of just one test can drop the rating! AC-3 is most commonly used for residential purposes.?

Thickness also matters. The best laminate flooring should be 8 mm or higher.?

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We'll help you find the perfect laminate flooring from brands like Chesapeake, Newton, and more. Visit our showroom today in Lakewood Ranch, FL. We work with homeowners and businesses in Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton, Sarasota, Longboat Key, and Parrish, FL.