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How to shop for laminate flooring

 
You'd be hard-pressed to find a flooring material that’s made a bigger splash in the industry than laminate. Durable and low maintenance, these floors are most often associated with wood looks, but it is possible to get them as stone and tile echoes. When you walk into our laminate flooring store and explore our large samples, you will be amazed at what you will see!
 

What are laminate floors?

 
Laminate is a multi-layered synthetic product that consists of, from top to bottom, a wear layer with a transparent aluminum oxide coating that protects the floor from scratches and scuffs. The image layer has photographs of wood, stone, and tile, taken with 3D photography with micro beveling and embossing for depth, dimension, and textured appearances. Next comes the core, which gives structure. Finally, there’s an underlayment that offers additional support.
 

What should you know?

 
Thickness ranges from 7-mm to 12-mm, and you should be aware that it pertains only to the actual floor surface and shouldn’t include underlayments or paddings. Thicker is always better and, while it may be tempting to save money with a thinner product, it may cost you in the long-term. There will be noise and subfloor problems that telegraph to the surface floor, affecting both appearance and performance. You’ll also get deeper embossing and more intricate patterns with a thicker floor because it’s just easier to carve on these surfaces. Finally, if you choose a wood look and want the authentic feeling of a hard surface underfoot, you should go as high as 12-mm thick.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Check the AC (Abrasion Criteria) rating, a one to five numbering system that determines durability. Higher numbers bring more strength. For example, AC-1 is designed for rooms with low foot traffic, such as bedrooms, while AC-2 can be used for moderately foot trafficked rooms. AC-3 is for busy spaces, while AC-4 also includes some light commercial ones. AC-5 is for active commercial facilities, such as restaurants and offices.

As with hardwood, you have a seemingly endless number of species from which to choose, but the most popular ones are hickory, maple, walnut, cherry, chestnut, oak, and pine. You can choose textures such as wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered, or distressed. Finishes come in matte, gloss, and high gloss colors.
 

Trust our Laminate Flooring experts

 
Quantum Floors is a family business with decades of experience. We have four showroom locations in Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Fort Lauderdale, and Coconut Creek, FL. We work with homeowners, designers, architects, and contractors in and near , , and . Come in to learn about laminate flooring, and be sure to get your free quote.