South Florida area shoppers often ask the Quantum Floors staff: Will laminate flooring scratch? That?s a common question about all flooring. Buyers want to know if the flooring products they choose will stand the test of time, not to mention kids and pets. At Quantum Floors we don't just cover floors, we cover details. From concept to installation, you've got our ear and we've got your back. Let?s look at some facts about laminate flooring.
Chosen for its durability and great looks, laminate is a common choice in homes and businesses. The product is generally made to resist spills and scratches. The flooring has been perfected over the years, making it a higher quality material than ever before, both in terms of looks and durability.
Will Furniture Scratch Laminate?
In general, furniture will not scratch a laminate floor. However, sliding furniture across the floor is one of the most common ways to scratch any surface. If you have an area where chairs are moved constantly, you?ll want to add felt pads. In addition, if you have a rolling office chair, you may want to put a plastic mat under it. Instead of shoving couches or other large pieces, it is safer for the floor to lift it and move it. Laminate is a highly desirable flooring due to its anti-scratch properties.
What About Kids and Pets?
Pets won?t have an easy time scratching laminate. The material won?t give them any encouragement. It?s hard and firm, not pliable or soft. Kids are unlikely to scratch it with their toys unless they bring outdoor equipment such as bikes or scooters into the house. Foot traffic will not affect a high-quality laminate.
Are Laminate Floors Waterproof?
If you?re worried about your pets or kids destroying your laminate flooring, due to spilling drinks, or potty accidents, don?t worry too much. Laminate flooring is recognized as one of the most pet and kid friendly flooring solutions on the market. Accidents can be cleaned up easily with little repercussion, so long as you get to them quickly.
Many top brands are offering a waterproof laminate today. When it comes to laminate waterproof claims, know that this means the floor will not be damaged by topical spills and water. Their claims do not guarantee the whole plank is waterproof. In cases of moisture issues under the floor, you can face damages. A good point to remember is that waterproof or water-resistant does not mean flood-proof.
Does Thickness Matter?
Durability is generally tied to the thickness of the material. A floor may be 6 millimeters thick or as much as 12 millimeters thick, not to be confused with the wear layer which is measured in mils. The thickness of the flooring will be a huge factor in the noise you hear when walking on it and how comfortable it feels under foot.
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The experts at Quantum Floors can help you get the right durability, thickness and quality for your home or business project. The education we provide our clients is a huge source of pride.
At Quantum Floors, we want to make sure you?re happy from your first step in our showroom to your first steps on your new flooring?and as your partner in home design, we?ll be there every step along the way. Consider us your one-stop shopping destination for all things flooring. Visit one of our showrooms in Boynton Beach, Coconut Creek, Fort Lauderdale or Palm Beach Gardens today.
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