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Laminate facts

We hear a lot of the same questions over and over again in our Cottonwood, AZ showroom. One of the most asked questions is, “Will laminate floors fade in sunlight?” The answer is no. Although laminate is made from wood products, it is not a natural product such as hardwood. If, however, the laminate is in a very sunny, hot room where the floor is exposed for hours, you may want to use window coverings.

We are a major laminate retailer in the Southwest. Feel free to come into our showroom if you have questions, concerns or if you just want to learn more. You’ll be amazed at the many design options.

What is laminate flooring?

This is a layered, highly water-resistant product, fused by the lamination process. It consists of an underlayment that is sometimes pre-attached. If it isn't, ask your flooring pro about the best one for you. Underlayments are strongly recommended as they cushion, absorb sound, and sometimes include a vapor barrier to handle moisture.

The core is either HDF (high-density fiberboard), MDF (medium-density fiberboard), or plywood. On top of that is the image layer, taken with 3D photography. At the very top is the wear layer, a clear, aluminum-oxide top sheet that protects against scratches and scuffs.
It is embossed for added depth and dimension. Textured appearances, such as wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered or distressed, are available. It comes in matte, gloss, or high-gloss finishes. It can be cut into planks or groutable tile-sized pieces.

A lot of people ask if laminate is the same as linoleum or vinyl. The answer is no. They both have different compositions, linoleum is made from linseed oil, and vinyl is made from vinyl.

How long does laminate last?

This floor can last as long as 25 years, depending on quality. Thickness ranges from six to 12 mm. It shouldn't be less than eight mm thick, and if you want the highest quality hardwood touch, opt for 10 or 12 mm.

The installation also makes a difference. The subfloor should be clean and debris-free, dry, and level so imperfections won't telegraph to the surface floor. Seams need to be aligned correctly, while planks and tiles need to be close enough to keep water from seeping through to damage the material. Caulking and joint expanders are sometimes used when necessary.

For more information on laminate, stop by the A&R Flooring showroom in Cottonwood, AZ. We service Cottonwood, AZ, Camp Verde, AZ, Clarkdale, AZ, Lake Montezuma, AZ, and Sedona, AZ. Ask about our estimates.