Laminate Flooring

It is now possible to enhance your home, or office, with the beauty of nature for a fraction of the cost without loss of product integrity.

Laminate flooring is composed of multiple layers of material, with the top layers devoted to the decorative and protective functions. The surface is basically an enhanced melamine surface covering the image; typically wood, stone or tile.

The basic and least expensive laminate styles show multiple boards on one wide board. Today, through the genius of engineering, the more attractive styles are individual boards, or planks, with enhanced features such as; beveled edges; hand-scraped textures; distressed or antique appearance; high-gloss finishes; or the feel and texture of an actual wood or stone floor.

Not all laminate floors are created equally. It is very easy for a manufacturer to create cheap products that look similar to the more expensive ones.

The next chart examines some of the features of Laminate Floors and compares some features to natural floors.

Feature or Concern

Laminates

Straight-Talk

Comparison

Surface Scratches
(not foot traffic)

Considered scratch-resistant.

Depends on sharpness
of object or amount
of pressure. You can
scratch laminate floor; you can scratch
stainless steel also…

Can be more resistant than wood because the top coat is a composite and not a painted urethane; but wood can be refinished –
not laminates. Same
with stone

Gouges

Considered gouge-resistant

Same as above

Laminates are more dense than most woods so wood is easier to gouge. Stone can be more resistant

Wear Resistance from foot traffic

Considered wear resistant and generally has aluminum oxide particles in the surface
to resist abrasion

Keep sand and grit off
of the floor (it acts like sandpaper) and you’ll get tired of the floor before it wears out.

Wood is the same. Warranties are generally only minimally less for natural wood. Stone
can be resurfaced

Fade Resistance

Considered very fade resistant

Really an unlikely event

Wood will change in color depending on the species and exposure to sun. Stone will not.

Stain Resistance

Considered very fade resistant

You’d have a hard time staining this product

Wood can be stained
if something sits on
the surface for too
long and penetrates the
finish. Stone can stain
and be affected by
acid-based spills

Moisture Resistant

The actual surface of
the laminate is
completely moisture
proof

The problem is with the core. Once the core
gets wet it expands dramatically, like a sponge. You must keep water away from the seams since they can eventually seep down and cause damage.

Wood can take slightly more moisture, but only slightly. We’re talking about spills and seams of the wood. Too
much moisture and
wood will warp; a slight warping can
‘sometimes’ shrink
back into place.

Maintenance

Easy to maintain

Use a laminate or wood flooring cleaner – NOT a mop & water.
No oil-based cleaners.

Wood has the same maintenance
procedure as laminates.

Allergen Factor

Considered to be a
good alternative floor
for those with allergies

Does not hide dust or harbor dust mites. However, you must
keep the dust off the
surface or it gets
blown back into the
air quickly.

Wood and stone, or
any hard surface, is
the same.

So how much is this really going to cost?

What makes one laminate more expensive than another?

  • Recommendations & Observations

Our lowest sale prices on Laminate Floors start at $4.99 per sq. ft., while our premier residential products begin at approximately $5.75 per sq. ft., and gradually increase to $8.99.

What's included?

Installed price includes:

  • Material
  • Sound Control Underlayment
  • Under-cut doorframes
  • Removal of existing carpet
  • Installation
  • Clean-up

Installed price does not include:

  • Floating or leveling the existing subfloor (these products need a flat floor).
  • Transition strips required in various areas where the material terminates.
  • ¼-round molding or baseboard molding, depending on your preference.
  • Removal of existing flooring, if necessary.

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Installation Guarantee

We are a retailer of all types of residential & commercial flooring in Miami, as well as a wide variety of countertops. Flooring that we provide includes laminate, hardwood, carpet, vinyl, ceramic tile, porcelain tile, and natural stone. We service homeowners in the Miami, Florida area, as well as its surrounding areas. To give you supreme confidence in our company, we provide a 100% installation guarantee for all products.

Disclaimer

The digital images displayed on this site depict the most accurate representation of the products as possible. However, due to the differences in computer monitors, we cannot be responsible for variations in color between the actual product and what is visually represented on your screen.