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 – plastic resin that keeps the laminate stable and flat
Backing – creates a moisture barrier that protects the floor from warping
This layered construction makes laminate floors remarkably durable.
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
Available in an exciting palette of colors, you are guaranteed to find a laminate floor in the color you’re looking for.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The installation options available to you will vary depending on the laminate floor you choose. Many Armstrong laminate products feature patented 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.
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.
With acclimation, the laminate planks are brought into the room where they will be installed and left to “acclimate” to the room temperature and humidity for 24-48 hours. Many manufacturers require acclimation for their laminate floors. NOT Armstrong.
None of our laminate floors needs to be acclimated, which means you can get started on the installation as soon as you bring the laminate boards into your home!
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.