Laminate flooring can stand up to heavy foot traffic and wear caused by kids, pets, dragged chairs, high heels, and other harmful factors. Much of this is because of the top clear aluminum-oxide coated wear layer that guards the floor against scratches, scuffs, and fading, but it’s also vital to get the right thickness for your particular installation. When installed correctly and maintained well, these floors can last up to 25 years or more.
Anatomy of a laminate floor
You need to understand the construction so that you can choose the best product for your installation. It comprises four layers that include a backing, core, image sheet, and top wear coat. With laminate, the overall thickness determines how much wear it can take, which is determined by the AC Rating (Abrasion Criteria). AC Rating is considered the most reliable measurement for the material's strength; this is a one to five gradings with the lowest numbers appropriate for low foot traffic rooms with two and three best for moderate to residential heavy foot traffic. Category four is for heavy residential foot traffic and light commercial use, while five is for heavy commercial use, such as offices, healthcare, and hospitality facilities.
About laminate flooring design
It’s a true-to-life echo wood, stone, and other natural materials, a terrific and budget-friendly alternative to authentic materials. This has micro beveling and embossing to add depth, dimension, and textured appearances, such as wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered, and distressed. It follows all industry trends so that you can get grey laminate flooring, marble, terracotta, or any other current craze.
You can always count on Houston Floor Installation Services to deliver the highest quality product and service on time and budget. We've learned that it's still best to look at samples in your home with your lighting and surroundings from our years of experience. That means we’ll come to you with our fully stocked mobile showroom. Call us for an appointment and a free laminate flooring estimate, especially if you live in Houston, Conroe, Humble, Spring, or Katy, TX.