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.
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.