You’ll be amazed how the best laminate flooring truly captures the sophisticated beauty and design of the finest natural hardwood, ceramic and stone – yet at a fraction of the cost. Laminate offers many great features and benefits that are surprisingly available in so affordable a flooring option: low maintenance, durability, scratch and stain resistance, easy DIY installation . . . just to name a few!
It’s a lot to think about when you go floor shopping, so let’s make it easy by identifying the top 5 qualities of the best laminate flooring.
Best Laminate Flooring Qualities
Advanced photographic imagery – The decorative layer should be a high-definition, highly detailed photographic image that realistically simulates the color, grain and texture of the natural material. The best laminate flooring offers in-register embossing, like Armstrong’s MasterWorks Technology® with VTx™ that makes visuals so authentic, they are often mistaken for the real thing.
Durable multi-layer construction – The remarkable strength and durability of laminate flooring comes from a hybrid of materials fused together in a unique lamination process. In the best laminate flooring, the protective surface layer is highly resistant to scratches and dents from pets, chairs and high heels. This top layer also protects against stains, fading and wear-through.
Below the photographic layer, an inner core layer keeps laminate stable and flat. Higher-end laminate flooring is made of an advanced resin material that provides superior stability and moisture resistance. Armstrong’s HydraCore™ Plus also offers sound absorption, a great option for bedrooms. The bottom backing layer creates a moisture barrier to prevent warping. Altogether, this layered construction is what makes laminate perfect for any room in the home.
Board thickness – The best laminate flooring is thicker and denser so that it feels and sounds like a hardwood floor when you walk on it. Choose a board thickness that is 8 – 12 mm (.32” - .48”).
Easy interlocking installation – A simple-two step method, like Armstrong’s Lock&Fold®, installs faster and easier than any other laminate. Lock&Fold® requires no glue or fasteners, making it a great DIY project. The floor “floats” above the subfloor, allowing it to expand and contract with the natural temperature and humidity changes in your home.
Warranty – Warranties on the best laminate flooring cover premature wear, staining and fading for up to 30 years.
A beautiful laminate floor sets the stage for the room of your dreams. Know the qualities to consider before you go shopping so you can find the best laminate flooring for your home.