Laminate hardwood flooring blends the beauty of hardwood with the lasting value and easy maintenance of laminate. It is made from particle board topped with an imitation of wood grain to make it look like solid hardwood. A difference between solid hardwood and laminate is the installation process. Laminate pieces snap or glue together for easy installation. Laminate can even be installed on top of concrete or old floors.
Laminate hardwood flooring is also environmentally friendly for reasons such as:
- It’s made out of paper, so it does not involve the harvesting of old-growth trees.
- It’s a good choice for people with allergies because unlike carpet, laminate doesn’t trap dirt and dust.
- If you ever decide to remodel, it is a recyclable material.
To clean, just sweep often to remove debris and wipe up any spills with a damp cloth. No refinishing or resurfacing is necessary. Laminate flooring is a great product, but does lack some of the durability of solid hardwood flooring. Your Floor Coverings International design associate will be there to work through the trade-offs of all the different kinds of flooring you could choose for your rooms, and help you decide what makes sense for each of your spaces.
Laminate hardwood flooring comes in as many styles and species as solid hardwood. For that reason, it can be tricky to choose the perfect floor for your home. Let the experts at Floor Coverings International Birmingham make the search easier. Contact us today to schedule your free in-home or in-office consultation.
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