What Is Laminate Flooring?
As the name implies, laminate flooring generally consists of an inner core made of resin and fiber board that is adhered together using a lamination process. In order to closely mimic the look (and in some instances, even the feel) of traditional wood or stone, a thin layer is often applied underneath the lamination to give the boards depth and warmth.
Laminate flooring is cut into long boards, similar to what you’d find with traditional wood flooring, that have interlocking pieces on their edges in order to ensure the best possible fit when installed.
What Are Some of the Benefits of Laminate Flooring?
Among the most popular flooring types in Sacramento, including tile and wood, laminate flooring is generally the least expensive, and fastest and easiest to install. On top of this, laminate flooring also:
- Is durable and resistant to stains and fading
- Is impact resistant (e.g. from hard sole shoes, especially high heels)
- Provides an immense amount of warmth considering its low cost
- Can be installed in almost any location in your Sacramento home, including bedrooms, living rooms, hallways, play and utility rooms, and more!
Are There Any Things You Should Consider Before Choosing Laminate Flooring?
Although laminate flooring is highly durable, it can still curl at the edges where it’s been repeatedly exposed to moisture, and can become delaminated over time, which will be especially pronounced for lower grades of flooring. Also, laminate flooring may look like real wood or tile, but it will not have the same anti-slipping benefits, especially when wet from water or cleaning solution.
Also, since laminate flooring is a man-made material, it’s typically not considered an environmentally friendly option, and it can also expel volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which could potentially be harmful to your or your loved one’s health.
Finally, even though higher end laminate flooring closely mimics the look and texture of wood or tile, it will never completely match it, so it’s important to keep your expectations realistic before installation begins.
What Are The Differences in Grades of Laminate Flooring?
Just like with any other materials used in the construction of your Sacramento home, laminate flooring comes in a variety of grades—with lower grades being less expensive, and higher grades becoming increasingly expensive. Here are some factors that can affect laminate flooring’s quality and price:
- Get Up Close & Personal – When choosing laminate flooring, view the pattern up close and see if you can tell it was generated using a computer, or was modeled off of natural patterns. Also, check to make sure the joints fit together snugly.
- ISO Standards – Middle-of-the-road laminate flooring will have an ISO rating of at least 9001, while environmental-grade laminate flooring will have an ISO grade of 14001.
- NALFA Certification – Higher-quality laminate flooring will also have achieved certification through the North American Laminate Flooring Association, which tests durability, water and stain resistance, and more.
- UV Coatings – Think of UV coatings on laminate floors as a type of sunglasses that can prevent the image underneath the top layer from fading, and can help keep your flooring in top-top condition for as long as possible.
What Happens When Laminate Flooring is Installed in My Sacramento Home or Office?
On the day of installation, your Spectrum One professionals will begin by removing your baseboards, along with any existing flooring materials, which can often be the most labor-intensive part of the process. Once this has been accomplished, we’ll address any concerns, such as floorboards needing replacement or areas that need to be leveled.
Then, Spectrum One’s flooring specialists will put down a foam or film underlayment to float your laminate flooring, after which the flooring itself will be installed by snapping the tongue and groove sections together and applying an adhesive to the bottom. Custom cuts using a saw will need to be made in areas where your laminate flooring meets the wall.
I Have Some Damaged Laminate Flooring. Can Spectrum One Repair These Sections?
Despite its low cost and ease of installation and maintenance, a big drawback for laminate flooring is that it cannot be repaired in any way, and will need to be replaced if it becomes damaged. If you have large areas of laminate flooring, this could prove to be much more expensive than replacing a tile or small plank of wood.
On top of this, laminate flooring manufacturers often discontinue outdated products, so if your flooring requires replacement many years down the road, it may no longer be available. In an instance like this, your only option would be to replace all the laminate flooring in your home with the newer model; otherwise, it will likely be mismatched.
The Costs Associated with Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring costs can vary widely, although you can expect to pay between $3 and $5 per square foot, installed. We’ll be sure to provide you with a thorough estimate during your free, no-obligation laminate flooring consultation.
Reasons Why Spectrum One is Your Best Choice for Laminate Flooring
Because we’ve been in business for well over 20 years, we’ve watched as laminate flooring began as a less-than-stellar material many years ago, and has moved into a legitimate flooring option that any Sacramento homeowner can choose with confidence. And we’ve also been installing laminate flooring throughout most of this time, which means we have decades of experience with the process, and can install it with minimal disruption to you and your family’s lives.
Forget about the time, hassle, and stress of installing your own laminate flooring, and let the professionals at Spectrum One get the job done right. Give us a call today at 916-571-2830 to schedule your free consultation.