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Different Types of Laminate Flooring

Are you considering laminate flooring for your home and want to know more about the different types of laminate flooring? A great choice for active families, laminate floors are durable and closely resemble wood and tile flooring at a fraction of the cost. Not only is it beautiful, but it is also water-resistant, making it ideal for those who want the look of hardwood in spaces that are prone to water. Before you narrow down your flooring search, consider the following:

What is Laminate Flooring?
Different Types of Laminate Flooring
Is Laminate Flooring Safe?
Different Finishes and Textures for Laminate Flooring
Water-Resistant Laminate Flooring
Installing Laminate Flooring 
 

What is Laminate Flooring

Laminate is composed of pressed composite wood with an image layer on top to mimic the look of real hardwood or tile flooring. This makes it much more cost-effective than real hardwood and it is water-resistant, unlike traditional hardwood flooring. Laminate floor planks and laminate floor tiles can also give the appearance of ceramic or porcelain tile flooring like Hydrana Water Resistant Laminate Flooring by Beauflor RETRO CHIC SLATE (below). This is beneficial as laminate flooring is much easier to install than tile flooring.
Waterproof Laminate Flooring in Living Room

Different Types of Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring comes in different thicknesses ranging from 6 mm to 12 mm. How thick of laminate flooring you need will depend on the amount of foot traffic the area receives, subfloor condition, and budget. The thicker the laminate flooring, the more impact it can withstand and the more sound resistance it has. This means higher foot traffic areas would benefit from a thicker laminate. Thicker laminate can also be advantageous when dealing with a less-than-ideal subfloor as it will be easier to install. However, the thicker laminate is also more costly than a thinner laminate, so it is important to consider your budget. Also important to consider is the AC rating which notes how dent and stain resistant the laminate is. AC rating range from AC1 to AC5, and the higher the AC rating, the more scratch and stain resistant the laminate is. Twenty & Oak’s Beauflor laminate flooring is an AC5 and our Brunswick collection of laminate flooring is an AC4. Take our Flooring Genius Quiz to see what flooring works best for your design and lifestyle! 

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Is Laminate Flooring Safe? 

Safety is a top priority for any materials we bring in our home and that includes flooring. Laminate flooring is not only a beautiful and economical option for flooring, but it is also safe for families. It is always important to check the specifications from the manufacturer, but at Twenty & Oak, we pride ourselves on carrying high quality, safe flooring that meets and exceeds environmental standards. This is true of both of our laminate flooring lines, Beauflor and Brunswick, which are both Greenguard Gold certified
Laminate Floors in Bedroom color Dockside

Different Finishes and Textures for Laminate Flooring

There are many options for finishes and textures with laminate flooring. A smooth laminate flooring that has no texture is designed to resemble polished hardwood, marble, or ceramic tile flooring. Wire brushed laminate flooring mimics the popular distressed hardwood flooring trend that gives the laminate an antique feel and helps disguise minor scuffs and scratches. Laminate flooring also comes in a variety of gloss finishes from high gloss to matte, with the matte hiding imperfections better. Overall, if the space you are considering installing laminate flooring is a high-traffic area, you may want to consider a more wire-brushed texture with a matte finish like Hydrana Water Resistant Laminate Flooring by Beauflor in color CANYON GREY (below). On the contrary, if you desire a polished and clean aesthetic, a smooth, high gloss laminate flooring option can help you achieve your design.

Grey Water Resistant Laminate Flooring

Water-Resistant Laminate Flooring 

Water-resistant laminate flooring is great for areas where spills and messes inevitably occur like kitchens, living rooms, and dining rooms. Advancements in technology have allowed for laminate flooring to be able to withstand everyday accidents like spilled wine or juice. Simply wipe up liquids and you are good to go! Be sure to check the specifications on the particular laminate flooring you are interested in to see how water-resistant it is, but overall, laminate flooring is a far more appropriate choice to handle moisture and humid conditions than traditional hardwood flooring. 

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Installing Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is typically a floating floor which means it doesn’t have to be nailed or glued down to the subfloor. Instead, the planks or tiles click together and “float” on top of the subfloor. It is important to use an underlayment when installing laminate flooring to provide stability and support as well as reduce noise when walking on laminate flooring. While laminate flooring can be a good DIY option, it does require certain tools and skills that may be best suited for professional flooring installation. 

If you are unsure where to begin and would like the help of a Twenty & Oak flooring professional, talk to one of our experts today!

 
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Twenty & Oak Experts are a team of flooring professionals with over 150 years of combined experience in the industry. They have hands-on experience with all flooring types and bring inside industry know-how to homeowners in the Southeast.