Visit us in Billings to check out our selection of durable laminate flooring
Learn About Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring has always been a more durable alternative to real hardwood and stone, but in the past, there was no mistaking laminate for its natural counterparts. Laminate’s looks simply weren’t authentic enough. Nonetheless, modern-day laminate flooring does offer authentic looks, so laminate is most certainly a reliable alternative to wood and stone. We at Carpet One Billings are therefore excited about our selection of laminate flooring. Let’s take a closer look at laminate to see how it combines natural looks with increased durability.
Unlike wood and stone, laminate flooring features a special layered construction. The top layer, which is called the wear layer, is extremely strong and durable, as it will resist virtually all scratches and scuffs. Plus, it can handle spills and stains. As a result, laminate floors will not need to be finished and treated like wood and stone. Underneath the wear layer is the decorative layer, which is the layer from which laminate receives its natural appearance. The decorative layer features a high-definition visual of wood or stone, and since this visual is protected by the wear layer, it will never damage or fade.
Laminate flooring is also fortified by a few different layers that are referred to as core layers and base layers. Core layers function as laminate’s strong center, and they prevent the laminate planks from ever collapsing or breaking. They also do well to keep the planks from expanding or contracting when exposed to moisture. The base layers provide extra dimensional stability underneath, and some layers can even provide the laminate floor with extra comfort underfoot.
What about installation? Many laminate floors offer a click installation system in which the laminate planks simply click and attach together to float over the subfloor. No special adhesive or glue is required. Some laminate options do, however, offer a glue installation, which is actually recommended for heavy-traffic and commercial settings. Fortunately, our experts know exactly how to install laminate flooring, so we’ll be able to help you every step of the way!
Be sure to visit us in Billings, MT to check out our selection of laminate floors. We offer laminate options from Laminate for Life (which is a Carpet One exclusive), Mannington, and Northwest Trends.