Phil’s take on laminate floors
Why Buy Laminate Flooring?
Laminate flooring was primarily designed as an alternative to hardwood. They can withstand more roughness than a polyurethane hardwood finish. (less scratching and denting) Also you can get a really nice quality laminate floor for a bit less then hardwood and they can be more versatile on installation.
What Is Laminate Flooring?
Think of your counter top. (Wilsonart, Formica ect.) Then take that surface and bond it to a hard core-board about as thick as a pencil. Cut it up into sections and add a locking mechanism to the edge.
It’s designed to loose lay over the old floor which makes it quite versatile. Versatility is a key advantage of laminate flooring. You can install a laminate floor over just about any surface. Most patterns are images of hardwood flooring. Because it’s an image, the possibilities are endless. The texture and finish has come a long way on the laminates. Some of the high quality laminates have incredibly detailed wood grain.