Laminate Flooring Store in Fort Wayne, IN
Here at Carpet One Floor & Home in Fort Wayne, Indiana, we understand the importance of finding the perfect flooring for your home and lifestyle. Traditional hardwood can add value and beauty to your home but have several drawbacks including being pricey and moisture-prone. In comes laminate, laminate flooring is a great option for those with pets or children or entertain a lot. It is extremely durable and moisture resistant meaning it will make a great addition to any home.
Laminate flooring is made of several layers pressed together under extreme heat and pressure: the base, the core, the decorative layer, and the wear layer. The decorative layer is a high-resolution photograph of material that the flooring is meant to replicate. This can be an image of hardwood, natural stone, ceramic tile, and much more! The wear layer is composed of a plastic resin combined with aluminum oxide, a metal that is only second in hardness to diamond. This makes the laminate resistant to pets, children, and high heels. Some wear layers also feature a textured surface. Less-expensive options use a textured metal plate to stamp the pattern into the wear layer. Higher-end flooring uses computers to provide registered embossing; creating a texture that matches the pattern on the image layer of the flooring. This gives a more realistic look and feel to the laminate, offering a closer substitute for the real thing. The core layer of laminate flooring is made of fiberboard normally ranging from 7mm-12mm in thickness. This fiberboard is composed of recycled wood fibers that would otherwise be burned or buried in a landfill. This layer is very dense and has been saturated in resin for increased durability and water resistance. The core layer lies on top of the base melamine resin layer, which adds additional moisture protection and stability.
Laminate flooring is incredibly easy to install and takes little time meaning less cost and labor. Laminate floors are installed mostly by the click-lock method. This method involves the planks being placed over the subfloor like a puzzle. This is also referred to as a floating floor. Floating floors need space to naturally expand and contract, so it is not recommended to place them under cabinetry as this can make it difficult to remove or replace broken pieces.
Laminate floors can be installed quickly and easily, breathing new life into your home faster than ever. Our in-house team of installers can guide you every step of the way from scheduling to executing the perfect installation method for you and your home.
Laminate flooring can be installed in practically every room such as living rooms, bedrooms, and offices. It can even be installed where hardwood flooring cannot such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements.
Here at Carpet One Floor & Home, we not only carry a great selection of top laminate brands but also have flooring experts onsite eager to help you find the perfect flooring for your home. We carry an array of laminate floors that are sure to satisfy every stylistic need. Come to our showroom today or start browsing our laminate flooring inventory online today.
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