It can be difficult to find the perfect flooring if you’re on a tight budget. Hardwood is one of the most popular flooring types among Winston-Salem homeowners, but depending on the variety, also tends to be one of the most expensive. Luckily there’s a cost-effective option that allows you to have the sleek look of hardwood without breaking the bank. That option is laminate hardwood flooring, which has a number of great benefits.
The first and most obvious benefit of laminate hardwood flooring is its affordability. Compared to real hardwood, laminate is a low-cost flooring option. Its mix of synthetic materials and wood fibers allows for relatively inexpensive production.
Another perk of laminate hardwood is that it realistically simulates real wood varieties thanks to modern manufacturing technology. The design layer is made from a high-resolution photographic image that is highly detailed and able to create the look of authentic wood. Laminate hardwood can also be made with the same stain and texture to imitate the look of almost any real wood species.
An appealing quality of laminate hardwood flooring is that it’s made of durable material. The base is moisture resistant and protects the floor from warping due to changes in humidity. The inner layer is made of a dense, engineered fiberboard fused together with resin, which is strong and contributes to its moisture resistance. On top of the photographic layer is a clear protective seal that provides the floor with stain resistance.
Another perk of opting for laminate over real hardwood flooring is the quick and easy installation process. It doesn’t require any adhesive, nails, or staples, but instead uses a lock-and-fold method. The boards lock together and fold into place, resulting in what is known as a floating floor. With laminate hardwood installation, you don’t have to go through the long waiting process that you do if you install real hardwood floors.
Laminate hardwood flooring is a fast, easy, and cost effective alternative to real wood floors. With the many visual varieties available, you’ll be able to have the elegant look and feel of hardwood for a much lower price. To schedule your free design consultation and estimate, contact the experts at Floor Coverings International Triad today!
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