Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring usage has grown in the United States due to the increased level of durability and the low level of maintenance. Laminate floors have been engineered with layered construction and a high-pressure suface, making it scuff, scratch and burn-resistant. Maintenance involves only a vacuum and a damp cloth. Being a non-porous surface it is also hypo-allergenic. Laminate can be installed almost anywhere in the home including dry concrete slabs and wooden subfloors. It has a low clearance which makes ideal for use in remodeling older homes where floor thicknesses can be an issue.

Due to the advancements in technology, laminates can be made to look like real wood, stone, and ceramic tile. They are also extremely resistant to wear, stains or fading. With so many choices, we're certain we can find just what you're looking for.

Laminate floors are very easy to care for. Sweep or vacuum regularly, being sure to use the hardsurface attachment of your vacuum. The beater bar or power brush on vacuums can scratch the laminate finish. All you need for spot cleaning is the manufacturer-recommended laminate cleaner and a clean mop or soft cloth. Just a spritz of cleaner and a quick wipe with the cloth has your floor shining again! When using a dust mop, be sure it is clean and free of any polishes or cleaners. Dust mop the floor as you would any other but be sure to thoroughly shake out the mop after each use. When damp mopping you should use a cotton or cloth mop and clear, warm water. For heavy cleaning you can use a solution of 1 cup household white vinegar to 1 gallon of warm water or 1/2 cup household ammonia to 1 gallon of warm water. Make sure the mop is only slightly damp to avoid leaving water marks behind. We DO NOT recommend sponge mops as they cause streaking. Remember, DO NOT use soap or detergent based, wax based or abrasive cleaners. Soaps and waxes leave a filmy residue and abrasive cleaners can scratch the laminate finish of your floor. Keep in mind that you may want to use felt floor protectors on your furniture to prevent scratching.

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Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)

In the flooring world, there has always been a vinyl tile in one form or another. Today, the vinyl tile category continues to remain popular, LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile), which offers 3D printing technology adding depth and realism, durability, with a high-performance wear layer to a vinyl tile product. LVT offers the option of a less permanent floor than wood or ceramic tile, especially with the growing popularity of floating LVT floors. When a consumer selects a wood or ceramic floor, they should really be in love with it, as it will probably be in the home for a very long time. Whereas, LVT offers the option of changing the room design much easier.

LVT (Solid Vinyl Floor) also offers plank and tiles with high end realistic 3D visuals that can be grouted which resembles Ceramic and Stone installations without the use of backer board and thinset.

LVT or Solid Vinyl Floor Tile offers several installation options which ease the installation application:
  • Loose Lay
    • Tape Systems
    • Clic and Locking Systems
    • Floating with no locking mechanism, but held in place by adhering the perimeter with glue or tape
  • Glue Down
    • Trowel or Roll On Applied
    • Spray Adhesives

Wearlayer thickness - the thicker the better. The wear layer is usually a heavy film of vinyl cover with a UV Cured Urethane wear layer for better scuff, stain and scratch resistance. Is there a difference between a 12 mil vinyl wear layer and a 12 mil wear layer with a urethane coating? Definitely. Urethane provides better scuff, stain and scratch resistance. Wearlayer thickness is measured in mils.

Installation System - depending on the environment the product is being installed should determine the installation requirements of the product. For Example; if an area is subject to heavy rolling loads, and pinch points, a glue down product is a better installation option than a floating installation.
Prefinished, engineered hardwood consists of a hardwood top surface, called the wear layer, glued onto a plywood base. This is not to be confused with laminate flooring, which is made of laminated planks that only LOOK like wood and finished with a polymer coating. Developed for installation in areas with variable humidity levels, engineered flooring is MORE STABLE THAN SOLID WOOD. This type of flooring can be glued directly onto concrete, an acoustic underlay, or even a subfloor with radiant heating.
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DuraCeramic tile has brought flooring technology into the 21st Century. If you like the look of ceramic, but warmer to the touch than regular ceramic tile and is less likely to crack or dent when something is dropped on it. Also, the material DuraCeramic is made from has a sound-absorbing quality making it quieter than most hard-surface floors.

Congoleum offers a Residential Lifelong Limited Warranty for DuraCeramic products. It provides that, for the life of your floor, it will be free of manufacturing defects, will not wear out, will not fade and will not stain.

Unlike ceramic, DuraCeramic can be grouted for a traditional ceramic look or ungrouted for a more contemporary appearance. In some cases you can lay DuraCeramic over existing floors, like vinyl, whereas traditional ceramic calls for the existing floor to be taken up. With it's versatility in looks and installation methods, DuraCeramic adds richness to a room and complements any decorating style you choose. There are even wood looks to suit every style!

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