Laminate Flooring Guide from Armstrong Flooring
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Laminate Flooring

Explore Armstrong Laminate Flooring, the perfect choice for a low-maintenance and durable floor.


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Laminate flooring has four layers: a wear layer, a design layer, an inner core layer and a backing layer.

Wear layer – clear top layer that protects the floor from stains and fading
Design layer – a photographic image of wood, stone, brick or ceramic
Inner core – HydraCore™/HydraCore Plus is a moisture resistant HDF (High Density Fiberboard) to provide stability, durability, moisture resistance, and sound absorption.
Backing – creates a moisture barrier that protects the floor from warping

This layered construction makes laminate floors remarkably durable.

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Laminate flooring: Construction

 Embossing in Register (EIR)

Embossing in register is a manufacturing technique we use to create a grain consistent with the photographic image on the laminate board.

Benefits of EIR

  • Intensifies depth, texture and natural look of the floor
  • Accentuates the design; especially when light is reflected off the surface
  • Allows for micro-grout lines and precise detailing



It’s all there: the subtle color variations, the distinctive grain, the authentic texture. Armstrong laminate flooring captures the beauty and design of the finest natural hardwood, ceramic, and stone at a fraction of the price.

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Laminate Flooring Design - Look


Available in an exciting palette of colors, you are guaranteed to find a laminate floor in the color you’re looking for.

Laminate Flooring Design - Color


Laminate flooring comes in a wide variety of sizes, depending on the look you choose. Most wood look planks are 4 inches or wider while ceramic tile looks range between 12 and 15 inches. Keep in mind that the width of individual boards can have a dramatic influence on the look of a floor. Wide widths can complement a large room, but can sometimes overwhelm a small area. Select the look that harmonizes with the style and architecture of your home.

Laminate Flooring Design - Width


Do you prefer a fine finish (high gloss) or matte (low-gloss) look? Choose whatever look fits your décor or personal taste best. Either way, the gloss level of laminate flooring has very little effect on durability or performance. Low-gloss floors may hide the appearance of minor surface scratches slightly better than higher gloss floors.

Laminate Flooring Design - Gloss



There are absolutely no restrictions to where laminate can be installed. From basements and bathrooms to dens and kitchens, laminate flooring works superbly in any area of your home. Whatever room(s) you choose, you can feel confident about Armstrong laminate performance. It will retain its beauty even in high-traffic areas and through normal changes in temperature, light and humidity levels.

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Laminate Performance: Room

 Kids, Pets and Durability

Its multilayer construction makes Armstrong Laminate unsurpassed for wear and stain resistance, able to handle the heavy traffic of active children and pets. Armstrong laminate is available in a range of performance levels, including some that are rated for commercial use.

Laminate Performance: Durability


Armstrong Laminate warranties range from 20 years to lifetime depending on the product you choose. Rest assured laminate is extremely durable and resists scratches, stains, and indentations better than most flooring types available.

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Laminate Performance: Warranty

 Floor Cleaners

Another great thing about laminate’s performance is that it looks great with very little maintenance. Just sweep and clean occasionally with Armstrong Hardwood & Laminate Floor Cleaner and microfiber mop.

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Laminate Performance: Floor Care


 Product Costs

Armstrong laminate flooring ranges in cost from $0.99 to $7.00 per square foot. The quality of the design and embossing figure prominently in the price. Trust your eyes to choose a laminate that looks and feels realistic. Cost is also dependent on the thickness and durability of the product as measured in the warranty it offers. Some laminate floors also have underlayment attached to them adding $1.00 to $2.00 per square foot to their costs.

Laminate Flooring Cost - Product Cost


To install most Armstrong Laminate you need to install QuietComfort Underlayment first. Underlayment provides a valuable barrier from any moisture in the sub-floor, plus it dampens sound and helps the flooring sound more like the real thing when you walk on it. Underlayment typically costs between $1.00 to $3.00 per square foot.

Laminate Flooring Cost - Underlayment

 Floor Removal

Don’t forget to factor-in the cost of getting rid of your old floor. Depending upon where you live, the floor you are removing and your installer, budget around $2.00 per square foot to have it removed and hauled away.

Laminate Flooring Cost - Removal


 Installation Options

The installation options available to you will vary depending on the laminate floor you choose. Many Armstrong Flooring laminate products feature interlocking flooring, or Lock&Fold® Installation technology, the industry’s fastest and easiest installation system. Perfect for DIY installations, it requires no glue or nails - simply lock and fold. Some laminate products we offer do require glue.

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Laminate Installation - Installation Options

 Installation Considerations

Laminate can install over almost any existing floor type, provided it is smooth, flat and dry. If you are thinking about a DIY laminate flooring  installation, read the installation instructions carefully before beginning.

Laminate Installation - Installation Considerations

 Armstrong Certified Installers

No one provides more depth and breadth of knowledge and installation experience with our products than an Armstrong Certified Installer. We recommend that you speak with your retailer to find an Armstrong Certified Installer to provide you with an accurate installed cost estimate.

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Have Questions About Laminate?

Do a deep dive into the subject of laminate floors in our special collection of laminate-related articles.

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