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.
Choose from three different forms of
laminate: strips, planks, or squares. Almost any wood,
tile, or stone look is available and unusual or "ultra-dramatic" looks
are easy to achieve. For example, exotic woods like teak,
bamboo, and apple wood. In their natural forms, these materials
are typically out of most homeowners' budget range, but
with laminate they become more manageable.
Mixing and matching laminate styles
is a great way to achieve a look that's all your own. Unlike
wood, laminate floors can't be refinished down the road,
should your tastes change. However, laminate floors of
the "locking" variety (i.e., installed without
glue) can be easily removed and replaced.
Laminate floors are extremely durable.
The wear layer, combined with the strength of the core, make
laminate highly resistant to scratches, dents and dings, as
well as to moisture and stains. Although not waterproof, laminate
floors are more resistant to water damage than traditional
wood floors. Most manufacturers guarantee the surface will
not fade or wear through.
Maintenance & Care
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-It-Yourself -- Or Not?
Laminate floors can be installed
professionally. However, depending on the complexity of the
job, and how handy a homeowner you are, you may be able to
install it yourself. There are two types of laminate floor
installation systems available: standard glue and locking laminate.
The standard glue system is the traditional method. It requires
glue and clamps to hold the boards in place. This system is
best suited for the more sophisticated do-it-yourselfer or
professional installer. Newer locking laminates are easier
and faster to install than standard glue systems. There's no
waiting for the glue to dry, and furniture can be moved back
onto the floor immediately after installation. Armstrong's
ArmaLockTM Installation System is especially easy because it
has a uniquely designed profile that automatically aligns the
boards and locks them together for a precision fit.