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Your Guide to Laminate Flooring

Exquisite Laminate Flooring Tiles

As you take a look around your home, do you notice that your floors are looking a little worse for the wear? Putting in new flooring can spruce up your house and give you a whole new perspective on your interior decorating scheme. If you like the look of hardwood or stone but are interested in a more affordable flooring option, laminate flooring could be right for your home. Laminate flooring is aesthetically pleasing and allows you to customize your home’s interior. Read on to learn more about laminate flooring.

What It Is
Laminate flooring has become a popular option for homeowners in New York City and beyond because it is both affordable and versatile. Because laminate floors use photographic images to create the surface design, you can replicate the look of different types of woods—some that would be too fragile to use as flooring. Laminate floors can imitate the look of oak, mahogany, walnut, cherry, ash, pine, and many more species of wood. It can also mimic the look of stone, depending on the style you’re going for in your home.

What It’s Made Of
Laminate flooring is composed of four basic layers that contribute to the durability and aesthetics of the floor. The bottom layer is made of plastic, paper, or melamine, which balances the flooring and resists moisture. Fiberboard makes up the substrate layer, which is the core and thickest part of the floor. The pattern layer is laminated to the top of the fiberboard and gives the flooring its distinctive look. On the very top of the flooring is a protective layer that can have a matte or glossy finish, depending on your preference.

How to Care for It
Though laminate floors may look like hardwood, the cleaning process is actually a bit different. You’ll need to dry mop and vacuum the floors to keep them dust-free, and you can use a cleaner designed specifically for laminate floors for wet mopping.

Bay Carpet of New York City offers a wide variety of laminate flooring options that will not stain, fade, or dent like some other choices. Call us at (718) 366-5001 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our flooring experts today!