Living room with laminate flooring in Apple ValleyLooking for an affordable alternative to hardwood or natural stone flooring? Laminate can replicate the look of pricey materials at a significantly lower cost. Its durability, variety, and ease of maintenance also make it a great value for Apple Valley homeowners.

If you’re considering laminate floors for your home, be sure to read this helpful information from the experts at Floor Coverings International Dakota County:

What is Laminate?

Laminate flooring consists of several different materials layered and fused together. The top layer is a transparent wear layer that helps to protect the floor from scratching and liquids. The second layer is the decorative pattern that has been printed and adhered to make the floors look like hardwood, tile, or stone. The core layer, which is the thickest, is made of high-density fiberboard (HDF). The base layer is made of melamine resin, which adds stability and moisture resistance.

Are Laminate Floors Right for Your Home?

Laminate flooring is available in an endless variety of colors, patterns, and designs. With laminate, it’s possible to replicate the look of a particular hardwood or stone, or choose a completely unique design. Advances in technology allow the photographed design to be printed on the boards, and in some cases, manufacturers can even add special finishes, such as distressing, to create the ideal look for any Apple Valley, Minnesota, home.

Most laminate flooring is designed for “click-lock” installation, making it quick and straightforward to install. The click-lock system also makes it easier to remove when it comes time to update or replace your floors.

Laminate floors are also built to stand up against scratches, dents, and stains, making them more durable than some types of hardwood. Laminate is easy to clean, too, and doesn’t require sealing like tile or stone. However, it’s important to consider that laminate cannot be refinished like hardwood. If your floors become severely damaged, they will have to be replaced.

If you’re interested in installing laminate floors in your home, give us a call! Floor Coverings International Dakota County offers free in-home estimates throughout the Burnsville, Apple Valley, Eagan, & St. Paul areas.


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