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For consumers who want the look of hardwood flooring without the high cost and demanding upkeep, laminate plank flooring is the ultimate low-cost flooring solution. Instead of square tiles that give the appearance of planking, laminate plank flooring consists of actually fitted planks that are composed of wood fibers and resins. Additionally, laminate plank flooring offers a greater variety of designs than vinyl planks, allowing you to create a unique look for your entire home or each room individually. Let’s take a look at what sets laminate plank flooring apart from regular laminate flooring, and why it makes a superior flooring choice for your home.
Laminate flooring typically consists of wood pulp and resin pressed square or rectangular tiles that have an adhesive, moisture-resistant backing. This is bonded to a core layer for strength and a decorative layer that has a hardwood grain or other unique floor design printed using the latest in digital imaging technology and image processing. These give a surface appearance of different types of hardwood or textured flooring, and a transparent hard coating over the third layer provides a highly scratch-resistant finish.
Laminate plank flooring is constructed using the same multi-layer system of bonded resin and wood pulp, but it is formed as interlocking planks that clip together. These can also be fixed to the floor using adhesive, but they provide the three-dimensional appearance of actual hardwood planks. Moreover, as with standard laminate flooring, they can be customized to accommodate any aesthetic or design you want thanks to digital imaging and printing technology.
There are many reasons to opt for laminate planks over hardwood floors, vinyl plank flooring or standard laminate flooring. Here’s a brief overview:
Laminate plank flooring retains its finish longer than hardwood, laminate or vinyl plank flooring thanks to its more durable, scratch-resistant coating. Additionally, it is easier to replace interlocked planks than adhesive tiles, so homeowners can quickly and easily exchange damaged or heavily worn sections of flooring by themselves.
Laminate flooring has been known to absorb moisture if exposed for long time periods but provided spill cleanup happens quickly, there is no noticeable difference in absorption between vinyl and laminate plank flooring. Both are definitely a better option than hardwood floors, which can actually require expensive repair work in humid environments where the finish is not properly maintained.
Hard flooring is a better long-term investment than carpeting and increases the resale value of your home. The size of your return largely depends on your upfront investment, and with laminate planks that cost is significantly reduced. Homeowners can upgrade their floor, increase the value of their home, and earn a tidy profit with one home improvement project. It’s a winning solution all around.
Starwood Distributors provides service to the greater Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Houston and San Antonio areas. The lowest possible price is our solemn guarantee to you, and we will beat any bid from the local competition. All you need is an invoice on their company letterhead, and we will match the offer. Request a free, in-home consultation today using our online request form.