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Vinyl and laminate flooring have been a popular choice for people that want the ease of maintenance of hardwood as well as the design versatility similar to carpeting but at an extremely affordable price. These composite materials are long lasting, can be made to mimic many other materials, are resistant to many of the common damages that floors suffer from, are easy to install and are very affordable. For the absolute highest quality in laminate and vinyl flooring, Shore Side Carpet & Flooring are the experts to call.
We only work with the finest manufacturers of flooring around, so our selection is vast and of superior quality. Aside from having a wide array of style, texture and color options, we also have a competent team of professional installers. We provide convenient, in-home or showroom shopping and fast and accurate installation, making your laminate or vinyl flooring experience convenient, quick and reasonably priced. That is why we are the number one choice in Maryland for laminate and vinyl floors.
A Little About Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring is one of the most resilient and durable floor surfaces available. A relatively recent invention, it has gained in popularity due to its ease of installation, low maintenance requirements, and long life. This material can also be printed to simulate a wide variety of natural flooring materials include hardwood planks, and slate and ceramic tiles.
What Is Laminate Flooring?
Laminate is a type of synthetic flooring that is made by fusing several layers of different material together using heat, pressure, and adhesive, in a process known as lamination. While laminates are often manufactured to replicate the look of a variety of hardwood surfaces, they actually contain no wood materials. Rather, they are constructed from resins and fiberboard particles.
Structure Of a Laminate Floor
Top Wear Layer: The top layer of a laminate floor is known as the wear layer, an invisible surface that rests over the material, protecting it from scratches and other damage. This is generally made from an aluminum oxide chemical treatment.
Photograph Layer or Decorative Layer: This is the surface that gives the laminate its actual appearance. It is created when an image or pattern is printed on paper like materials that are embedded in resin. The actual image can be almost anything, but typically laminate floors are manufactured to simulate the look of hardwood, cork, bamboo, natural stone, ceramic, or even brick pavers.
- Fiberboard Core: This is the heart of the material and it provides the depth, structure, and stability of the actual surface covering. It is generally comprised of wood chips or sawdust ground into a very fine powder, then coated with resin, and pressed into flat sheets.
- Back Layer: Many laminates will have a moisture barrier back layer. This works with the water resistant wear layer on top to sandwich the fiberboard and picture layers of the laminate, creating a water tight seal around the core material. The back layer also provides additional stability for the installation.
- Underlayment: Laminate flooring must be installed over underlayment. This is most often cork or foam rolls. An appropriate underlayment can also reduce the hollow noise that occurs when walking on some laminate floors.
The History of Laminate Floors
Laminate is a man made material that has been used in surfaces such as counters and back splashes since the early 1920’s. Originally it was not strong enough to be used in flooring, but over time innovations in the manufacturing process refined the finished product and made it increasingly durable.
The first laminate flooring was invented in Sweden in 1977 by a company called Perstorp. In 1984 they began marketing this product in Europe under the name Pergo, and by the mid nineties it had spread to the United States. Today the word “Pergo” is almost synonymous with laminate flooring, although there are other manufacturers of this material.
Glueless interlocking laminate flooring was invented by two separate companies at the same time in Europe during the years 1996 and 1997. Because of this the Swedish company Välinge and the Belgian company Unilin have had a number of legal conflicts over the years. Today almost all interlocking laminate floors are sold by one of these two corporations.
Applications of Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring is durable, stain resistant, and mold resistant, which means that it can be used in high traffic areas.
- Living Rooms
- Dining Rooms
So, Why Vinyl?
While laminate flooring has ruled the roost for awhile, vinyl is beginning to make a comeback with the introduction of luxury vinyl and interlocking board technology that has made vinyl more durable and easier to install. Vinyl has made great strides to also improve on its aesthetic design, now offering a more realistic look that more accurately mimics other materials. Overall, the things that many people did not like about vinyl have been improved upon drastically in recent times.
The greatest appeal to vinyl flooring is its price. Vinyl is one of the most affordable materials in flooring, and now that such high quality vinyl flooring is available, this makes it an attractive offer. If you are looking for an economical flooring option, you may wish to take advantage of the new and improved look, durability and convenience of vinyl floors.
Our Maryland Vinyl and Laminate Flooring Expert Services
- In-Home Flooring Design Consultation
- Vinyl Flooring Installation
- Laminate Flooring Installation
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