How laminate flooring has evolved over the years

If you haven't looked at laminate floors in a while, you might be shocked to see how much they've changed. Today, these floors are a popular choice for consumers with modern, high-end style, affordability, easy maintenance, and uncomplicated installation. That makes it a great alternative to hardwood (but you can also get it to echo stone or tile). If you're shopping for laminate in Dunnellon, FL, consider us your one-stop source.

Technological and other advances

Images are taken with 3D photography and printed digitally, available in a wide assortment of colors and patterns. With 3D photography, you'll see knots, grain, wormholes, swirls, and color/veining variations. Technology has also provided realistic beveling (an inclined slope) on laminate. The grooves and finishes take it to a higher level, with deep embossing to provide raised surfaces for depth and dimension. Embossing also provides textures, such as wire-brushed, hand scraped, weather, and distressed. This makes the floors look like wood grain and feel more realistic underfoot. Wood-look laminate floors can be cut into planks to mimic hardwood boards or square tile-sized pieces. Technology has also improved the layers, increasing durability and water resistance. The best core is HDF (high-density fiberboard), although MDF (medium density fiberboard) and particleboard are also available. Many now come with pre-attached under layers that absorb noise and absorbs minor imperfections in the subfloor. (If yours doesn't come pre-attached, it's strongly recommended that you get one.) The installation technique is a significant advance. While it can still be glued or stapled, it can also be a floating floor. The pieces click together hover over an existing subfloor, which only needs to be clean, dry, and level.

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Other benefits include


  • Durability. The top layer is an aluminum-coated wear sheet. This protects the floor from scratches, scuffs and makes it impossible to "walk-off" the image. It also helps with water resistance by keeping spills at the top to be wiped off easily.
  • Easy to care for. All that's required is a daily sweeping and periodic mopping with a manufacturer-approved cleaner. Avoid waxy polishes and shine-promoting cleaners, as they can damage the urethane finish and dull the floor. If you feel like you need more shine, ask the flooring expert for advice.

Find out how laminate floors can make your home look like something out of a design magazine, but without any high price tag. At the Home Beautiful Floors & More showroom in Dunellen, FL, you'll see just how superb our customer service is. That's what many say makes us stand out. We work with residents in Dunnellon, FL, Citrus Springs, FL, Ocala, FL, Hernando, FL, Inverness, FL, Williston, FL, Inglis, FL, and Beverly Hills, FL. Remember to ask about your free laminate flooring quote.