Laminate is an ultra-durable alternative to hardwood, so visit our Staten Island store to view our selection!
Similar Look, More Durability with Laminate Flooring
Laminate floors are made to look almost exactly like natural wood, tile, and stone floors. But, unlike these other floors, laminate does not have a natural construction. Rather, it’s made from multiple layers that are fused together to make up a more durable and less expensive alternative to wood, tile, and stone.
The top layer, called the wear layer, protects the surface from scratches and impacts. It needs to be cleaned like wood, but it is certainly more durable. The wear layer can also be specially constructed with textures that mimic either wood, tile, or stone. The second layer is the decorative layer, and this includes a high definition and authentic image of wood, stone, or tile. The final layers, the core and base layers, provide exceptional dimensional stability to every laminate plank. As a result, laminate planks will not expand or contract when exposed to moisture, and they will not collapse or crack under heavy foot traffic or other impacts. These core and base layers are really what set laminate apart from natural wood and stone.
Installing Laminate Flooring
Most laminate flooring options feature click installations in which the planks perfectly lock together to remain over the subfloor. With this type of installation, there will be no gaps in the surface, and this is important because gaps are where moisture and dust can reside.
Compared to natural wood, tile, and stone floors, laminate floors are more stable, more stain and scratch resistant, and easier to maintain. As a result, laminate flooring can be installed in areas where hardwood cannot: basements, kitchens, and even some bathrooms. Laminate is ideal for homes with heavy traffic from children and pets.
Our Laminate Flooring Selection
Visit Fox Floors in Staten Island, NY to see if laminate flooring is the right choice for your next project. We carry brands such as Armstrong, Mannington, Shaw, and Mohawk, all of which are some of the most reliable available today.