Laminate floors look like wood but they sure are not. They are entirely manufactured, which make them relatively inexpensive than the various species of hardwood floors. Add to their low prices are other positive characteristics like easy to install and resistant to wear and tear. Oh and did I mention that they are moisture resistant, too? Yes. They can be used for areas that are not hardwood floor friendly due to high moisture. What more can you ask for?
But of course, not all laminate floors in the market are this efficient. There are some which are poor imitations of good brands. The best way to be safe is to look for the seal of North American Laminate Flooring Association, more popularly known as NALFA. Why does it matter? For one, you know that NALFA does not give certifications to substandard laminate floors. NALFA also certifies those products that are recyclable and which conform to all regulations regarding formaldehyde emission. North American Laminate Flooring Association sees to it that your floors are of the highest standards and quality while at the same time maintaining an environmentally friendly character.
If you are in the process of deciding whether to shop for laminate floors or not, here is a brief guide from the NALFA’s website which may help you in your decision making:
- Laminate floors should have a transparent, protective wear layer which makes it resistant to dogs, cats, chairs, and high heels.
- The decorative layer of laminate floors provides a high-definition and detailed image. Laminate flooring manufacturers have the technology and capability to realistically simulate everything from hardwood to marble to stone.
- A high-density fiberboard core (or HDF) offers impact resistance, stability, and durability.
- A layer of melamine resin in laminate floors offers additional structural stability and moisture resistance.
- Underlayment, which may or may not be built into the laminate floor product, is a requirement for any installation. It’s helpful in absorbing some of the minor imperfections in the subfloor, reducing some noise when walking on the floor, and softening some of the impact. Some underlayment also offer a moisture barrier on one side, which makes laminate floors good flooring material for bathroom and wet-area installations.
Laminate floors are the flooring option for everyone who is trying to save more. Get yours today and see the difference!