How to shop for laminate flooring

Laminate flooring could be the perfect solution for you. It is a beautiful alternative to wood, stone, or tile floors, combining style, affordability, durability, low maintenance, and easy to installation. To get the best laminate flooring for your installation, Flooring Atlanta offers the following information to simplify the process.

Strength levels & installation

This flooring comes in different strengths, each appropriate for low, high or moderate foot traffic. Look for the AC (Abrasion Criteria) Rating, a one-to-five rating system divided between residential and commercial use. As the numbers increase, so does strength. For example, AC1 is suitable for installation on low traffic floors; AC3 and AC4 are best for moderate to heavy foot traffic in-home, respectively; AC5 (and you might even see AC6) is for heavy commercial use. Laminate also comes in thicknesses of 7-mm to 12-mm. It should be noted that a more robust flooring material hides subfloor imperfections, eliminates noise like squeaks, and provides more design options since it's easier to carve on a thick item than a thin one. Especially if you're using a wood look, aim for 10-mm or 12-mm thickness for an authentic hard surface feeling. It is also easy to care for, with just a daily sweeping and periodic mopping with a manufacturer-approved cleaner. Avoid wax, shine-promoting substances, as they can dull the floor. Installation is often a fast and easy floating floor where the pieces click together, mat, and then hover over the subfloor with no nails or glue. Subfloors need to be clean, dry, and level.

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Finally! Waterproof laminate flooring

With waterproof laminate, you can install it in every room in the house, including kitchens and baths. A unique construction, including the high-powered,high-density fiberboard (HDF) core, eliminates concerns about spills absorbing, staining, and peeling. Be sure to tell the flooring expert what version you want, as the original version is still much sought-after. With true-to-life images inspired by nature, combined with micro beveling and deep embossing to add depth, design, and textured appearances, sometimes even the flooring experts have difficulty telling laminate flooring from the real thing. It's also a good choice for commercial installations where you want style, affordability, and practicality.

Your Atlanta laminate flooring experts

To learn more and get a free laminate flooring quote, visit the Flooring Atlanta showroom at one of our four locations: Norcross, Roswell, Kennesaw, and Brookhaven/Atlanta, GA. We work with homeowners and businesses in and around Atlanta, GA, Norcross, GA, Roswell, GA, Kennesaw, GA, Doraville, GA, Marietta, GA, Johns Creek, GA, Milton, GA, Brookhaven, GA && Sandy Springs, GA.