What Is Laminate Flooring?

What Is Laminate

A popular choice in the consumer market, laminate flooring comes in a wide range of finishes, allowing you to create a room that fits your needs and wants. Due to its construction and durability, laminate is great for entry ways, hallways, and living rooms.

Is Laminate Flooring Plastic?

Laminate flooring is not made out of plastic. In the early years, due to appearance and design being sacrificed for affordability, laminate did in fact look as if it were made of plastic. Now, due to innovative manufacturing, laminate looks as if it is solid hardwood or stone, but is much more affordable.

What is Laminate Made Of?

Laminate flooring is constructed of 4 layers; wear, design, core, and the back layer. Each layer serves a distinct purpose and is fused together using high heat and intense pressure. Below is a breakdown of these layers.

  • Back Layer: bottom layer; responsible for protecting the plank against moisture, and balances the floor.
  • Core Layer: above the back layer; is a durable, high-density board that protects from indentations and moisture.
  • Design Layer: above the core layer; has a high-resolution photograph of the floor’s surface appearance.
  • Wear Layer: top layer; is a clear layer that is made of aluminum oxide that protects against fading, stains, and surface burns.

How Durable is Laminate?

Thanks to its multi-layer construction, laminate makes for an extremely durable product. Laminate is resistant to scratches, fading, and is easy to clean. Laminate’s durability allows for the absorption of heavy traffic, making it an ideal flooring choice for active families who have kids and pets running around. This product is good for kitchens and baths only if proper precautions are put in place like a moisture barrier, but we do not recommended laminate for areas with high moisture. With proper care, laminate can look as good as day 1 for years to come.

For more information on laminate flooring, stop by our store or give us a call and we’d be happy to help you with your flooring needs!

How to Incorporate Timeless Design Into Your Home

Timeless design incorporates key classics that stand the test of time, can be used in any room, and never go out of style. By having a home that has a timeless design, you’re ensuring that it will never feel stale and instead, will always feel fresh and up-to-date. Follow along for ideas on how you can implement designs that will never go out of style into your home.

A classic home has balance, so it’s important that you keep this in mind when you are decorating your home. In a bedroom you’ll want matching nightstands and lamps, and in a living room you’ll want to incorporate matching chairs opposite your couch. With timeless design, it’s all about symmetry.

Having a focal point is another key component in creating a timeless look in your room. Focal points allow you to feel at ease as they give your eyes a place to rest. Elements such as a fireplace, a large window, or furniture are great focal points for a room.

Incorporating classic patterns are another way to create a timeless design. Stripes, plaid, and florals are all patterns that can be used to create this look, but make sure that you stay away from trendy patterns, such as chevron.

Marble and wood are materials that have remained timeless and have a longevity that will keep you from feeling restless. Choose the spaces that need a classic wow factor and these materials will never disappoint.

Metal finishes always come and go in terms of what’s on trend; however mixing metals will allow you to have a balanced look that can evolve through time. A matte iron finish paired with a soft, brushed brass or chrome paired with brushed nickel are pairings that lend to timeless decor.

What is your favorite timeless design look?