Laminate flooring is a multi-layered product with a robust external layer and, at the top, an aluminum-coated wear layer that protects the floor. As a result, a laminate floor is much stronger and more resistant to scratches and dents, pets, children, and even stilettos. It comes in both the original, water-resistant version and a newer waterproof one, so be sure to specify what you want when you come in to explore laminate in Santa Ana, CA, at our company.
Pay attention to the AC Rating
Make sure you use the correct strength level for your installation. AC (Abrasion Criteria) is one of the most reliable ratings, a number system from zero to five. The higher the figure, the greater the durability; for example, residential floors should be either AC3 or AC4, for moderate to heavy foot traffic, respectively, while AC-zero is for wall use and AC5 for installations in commercial spaces.
Thickness matters and the measurement should only be of the actual product and not include the underlayment. While it is available in densities of 7-mm to 12-mm, the higher number provides a more durable, high-quality feeling. A robust laminate is also quieter, hides subfloor imperfections, and has more design options because it's a lot easier to carve on a thick laminate than a thin one.
Style and affordability
Durability isn't the only benefit of laminate flooring, and while this is most often associated with hardwood, it is also available as stone or tile echoes. There are hundreds of species, including oak, hickory, American and Brazilian cherry, among others. These images are taken with digital photography and include micro beveling and embossing to add depth and dimension. The final result is a floor with a raised grain, wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered or distressed appearance. The material can be cut into planks or square tile-sized pieces; it might look like the real thing, but you won’t pay nearly the same price.
The floors need only daily sweeping and periodic mopping with a manufacturer-approved cleaner. As for installation, it can be a fast and straightforward floating floor where pieces click, mat, and then hover with no nails or glue. Subfloors need to be clean, dry, and level.
With over 60 years of experience, Avalon Wood Flooring guides designers, general contractors, and homeowners to the right product and then attends to them from start to finish. For inspiration, please explore our website gallery and then come into our laminate flooring store in Santa Ana, CA, for a free quote. We service areas surrounding Santa Ana, Irvine, Newport Beach, and Corona Del Mar.