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Facts about laminate flooring

It is no longer only considered for kitchens and baths. Laminate flooring is highly resistant to water, durable, and easy to care for. It’s a terrific, true-to-life mimic of wood, stone, or tile, available in a large variety of colors, styles, and textures. You’ll want to install it in every room in your home, from the living/dining areas to the bedroom and home library/office.

What is laminate?

Laminate is a multi-layered product made of wood chips and not, as some think, plastic. It starts with an underlayment; although some come with one pre-attached, ask about buying one if needed. Then there’s a core; the best is HFD (high-density fiberboard) because it's stronger and more water-resistant than MDF or particleboard. The image layer, taken with 3D photography, is a remarkably realistic mimic of wood, stone, or tile. The floor is protected by a top clear, aluminum-coated wear layer that guards against scratches and scuffs.

What is a wood-look laminate?

Wood floors are trending this year, and that's expected to last for at least 15 years. As most of us know, however, genuine hardwood can be damaged by excess water and is not recommended for installation in higher-than-normal moisture areas. You can still have that look at a budget-friendly price with laminate.

With laminate wood flooring, the sheets are cut into planks to mimic hardwood boards. Many use a high-gloss finish that makes the floor look like it came out of a design page. While laminate floors are available in many thicknesses, a 10-mm or 12-mm is recommended if you want that firm, authentic hardwood feel; otherwise, 8-mm or 9-mm is fine.


It can also look like stone or tile and comes in an almost unlimited number of colors, patterns, and designs. The material is deeply embossed to add depth, dimension, and textured appearances, such as wire-brushed or weathered. It’s finished with matte, gloss, or high gloss colors and is also easy to care for.

Installation is the uncomplicated floating floor. The pieces click together, forming a mat which then hovers over subfloors with no nails or glue needed. Subfloors must be clean, dry, and level.

One of the ways to judge a great company is to see the longevity of the company itself, as well as its staff. Our family-owned-and-operated company has been open for decades, and we have minimal staff turnover. We are known for our superior installation, so come in to learn about laminate flooring and our superior craftsmanship. The Quality Carpets Design Center showroom is in Clovis, CA, and we serve customers in California’s Central Valley, especially Clovis, CA, Fresno, CA, Sanger, CA, Madera, CA, && Kerman, CA. Ask about our estimate for your laminate flooring today.