Laminate Flooring - Westchester NY and Stamford CT
What is laminate flooring?
Laminate flooring has really come a long way.
What is Pergo? Pergo is just a brand of laminate; in fact, there are many brands of laminate, but some people mistakenly call it Pergo (just like they use Kleenex for tissues). There are many brands including Pergo, Shaw and Armstrong.
Laminate flooring - what is it?.
So, what is laminate? Well laminate is made to look real, but it's actually fake. It's a multilayered product. On top, is a clear melamine wear layer with aluminum oxide which gives it's scratch protection - making it resistant to dogs, kids, high heels, chairs, you name it. Underneath that is the photograph of the wood (or tile) and beneath that is the core board - make sure you get a high density core board.
Most laminates look like hardwood (but some look like tile), but they are usually easier to maintain since they are more resistant to scratching. So, if you are worried about young kids or pets and the wear and tear of your floor (e.g. heavy traffic areas such as a kitchen), laminate might be a great option for you.
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Laminates re-use the wood shavings that the manufacturers have left over from the wood they produce. So, it is a semi green product since it greatly reduces waste.
Laminate tends to be less expensive than hardwood - the material is less and the installation is easier. In addition, pending the condition of your floors, it's often possible to put laminate on top of an existing floor rather than ripping it up, so there are some savings there as well.
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