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LAMINATE FLOORING

Armstrong Floors

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With both formal and casual options, you're sure to find a floor that embraces your personal style.

With Laminate flooring, the hardwood look is emulated and perfected. Flooring never fades, wears or stains – it shines indefinitely. Moisture resistant and easy-to-install.

Laminate flooring is laid as a “floating floor”, which means that it lies on the support surface without being attached to it. It is designed to be held down around the edges by moulding or base board. A foam pad provides strength against impact and wear damage. Laminate flooring is a multi-layered product developed to perform as a highly durable, easy-to-clean-floor. A laminate floor provides the realistic look of wood, tile, stone and other more expensive options, but often at a lower cost. These high-tech floors are durable and possess an ease of maintenance that can't be found in natural wood, tile or stone.

Recommended Applications
Laminate flooring is recommended for dry locations such as kitchens, bedrooms and hallways. Sutherlands® does not normally recommend this product for bathrooms or other high-humidity areas without special consideration.

Buying Tips
The two main things to look for when comparing different types of laminate flooring are the wear layer surface, (most important), and the overall thickness of the planks. This can range from 5mm to 10mm or more on quality planks. Laminate floors are available in strips, planks or squares. The greater the wear layer, combined with the strength of the core, makes laminate more resistant to scratches, dents, dings, as well as stains. Most manufacturers guarantee the surface will not fade or wear through. Originally installed by gluing the edges, Snap lock, which is quickly becoming far more popular. It installs quicker and tighter, and is better suited for DIYers.

Cleaning
Cleanup is quick, easy and minimal. The high-tech surface of a laminate floor is designed to be cleaned by vacuuming and occasional damp mopping. Spills wipe up with a damp cloth. Do not wet mop. Laminate flooring is recommended for dry locations such as kitchens, bedrooms and hallways. Sutherlands® does not normally recommend this product for bathrooms or other high-humidity areas without special consideration.

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