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What is laminate flooring?

 
Laminate flooring that mimics wood species is a good alternative to hardwood flooring. Durable and practical laminate is child and pet-friendly and less costly than hardwood. The same is true for laminate tiles that mimic stone and ceramic. It's easy to browse through the large variety of laminate flooring at Haight Carpet & Interiors in Woodinville, Washington. You can count on personalized service that meets your needs when you schedule an in-store or shop at home appointment via phone or online message.
 

Laminate wood flooring

 
Laminate flooring is a multi-layer wood product that resists stains, scratches, and dents. The backing layer provides the foundation while the fiberboard core offers stability and protects against daily wear. The design layer, or the high tech digital image of wood, ceramic, or stone, is printed above the core. It’s protected by a clear wear layer. It is easy to judge the durability of laminate flooring by noting the Abrasion Criteria rating. An AC3 rating indicates flooring that will stand up to heavy residential use. When a brand is labeled ‘waterproof,’ product specifications list details about exposure to water. Likely, the floor will be damaged if it is covered with water for more than two days. In general, the sooner water is cleaned up, the better.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Modern laminate flooring in Redmond, WA from Haight Carpet & Interiors
 
 
 

Laminate flooring installation and durability

 
Most laminate planks and tiles can be connected to form a floor that floats above the subfloor. The floating floor can be installed over some existing floors as well as wood and concrete. If a foam, felt, or cork underlayment is not attached to the bottom of the flooring, it can be installed separately. Underlayment helps the laminate lay smoother and connect better. It also hides minor subfloor imperfections and makes the floor softer to walk on. Some laminate tiles are designed to be glued down. While laminate flooring typically comes with a 5-10 year warranty, it may last longer.

The lifespan for laminate is dependent upon:
  • The quality of the brand.
  • How well it is maintained.
  • Amount of foot traffic it gets.
  • Whether it was properly installed.
 

Find the best laminate for your Woodinville home

 
Haight Carpet & Interiors has been providing superior products and services in western Washington for many years. Our customers in Woodinville, Kirkland, Redmond, Bothell, Bellevue, and other nearby communities can attest to the fact that we do flooring right. We remove existing flooring, if necessary, run moisture checks, and much more. Interior design consultation and in-home measurements are free. Call, stop by, or use the online form to get started with your laminate flooring project.