Laminate Styles

Knowledge about laminate styles.

Laminate offers you a large family of styles and patterns to choose from.

For many of us, when it comes to selecting a product, we usually “know it when we see it.” Perhaps that describes you, too.

If laminate interests you, it’s virtually guaranteed you’ll find a style that’s right for your home.

Is it real or laminate?

If laminates looked fake the last time you checked, it’s time to check again!

Today’s laminates are looking better and better, and often need close examination to be identified.

Laminates have truly come a long way. Why?

Because of the growing popularity of laminates, manufacturers are creating an increasing array of traditional, rustic, and exotic wood grain designs.

In fact, presses have improved to the point where the texture imprinted on top of the design looks more real than ever, even with distressed wood or natural stone designs.

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As with sheet vinyl floors, some of the new laminates really have the look of natural materials, particularly the textured products that give the floor dimension.

Some of the most popular laminates are wood grains with rustic or historic wood grain patterns.

Quality is focused on the photography.

The realistic look of laminate flooring has to do with the photography and the number of photographs per style, which is known as "screens".

An example, when manufacturers emulate a natural stone tile, they try to recreate the variation in color, pattern and texture that is a result of cutting a natural stone product.

The more screens a product has, the more variation it has. And the more “authentic” it looks.

Understand this about color.

Like any flooring it is wise to, select a color and pattern to compliment the size of your room and the activities taking place in it.

Remember that lighter colors will make a smaller room appear larger, while darker colors will absorb the light and create a more intimate setting.

Choose a color that either coordinates or contrasts with your cabinets and other furniture. Avoid matching everything to the same color and style.

Let your creativity guide you! And remember, contrast can make your room more interesting.

Laminate flooring types.

Glueless laminate flooring.

No mess, glueless installation makes these floors quick and easy-to-install.

They come in a variety of ceramic and wood designs and colorations in both plank and square.

A thin plastic underlay sheet (4 mil poly) is installed directly underneath the laminate planks or tiles.

This helps the floor float freely over the subfloor, acts as a vapor barrier and minimizes surface noise.

Laminate flooring with attached underlay.

These floors come with several different types of tongue and grooved locking systems and an attached underlayment to reduce noise levels.

Glued laminate flooring.

These are the original laminate floors that require a special formulated glue to be applied to the tongue and grooved areas for each plank.

Once the glue is dried the planks are almost impossible to pull apart. These floors are offered in both planks and squares.

Pre-glued laminate flooring.

No mess, because the glue is already applied to the tongue and grooves which makes these floors quick and easy-to-install.

A thin, plastic underlayment is needed to seal out moisture and prevent the glue from sticking to the substrate.

Moldings are the finishing touch.

Laminate moldings also affect the overall style and give your room a beautiful finished look.

Moldings are important because they cover the space that is allowed for the flooring to expand and move naturally on top of the subfloor and they help with the transition to an adjacent floor.

Most manufacturers offer coordinating moldings for all styles and colors of laminate flooring.

However, be aware that moldings typically sit slightly higher then the laminate flooring itself.

Below are standard moldings descriptions.

The Step Down Stairnose is a coordinating piece providing the proper transition for all the steps in your home.

A Reducer Strip is the transitional piece the installers may use to connect the laminate with another type of floor covering such as vinyl, thin ceramic tile, or low-pile carpeting.

An End Molding or Carpet Reducer is used as a transition from laminate floors to different flooring surfaces when the reducer does not allow enough height, such as on high-pile carpet or thick ceramic tile.

T-Molding is commonly used in doorways to join two laminate floors in adjoining rooms. It's also recommended when making transitions from a laminate floor to another floor that is approximately the same height.

Finally, a Quarter Round may be installed wherever the laminate floor meets the wall or baseboard.

We recommend that you work closely with us to become familiar with the moldings and transition pieces that will be used in your home.

Armed with sound knowledge and a little imagination, you will be sure to find a laminate flooring that is just right for you and your home.

 
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