Laminate flooring is highly durable and can last up to 25 years when installed and taken care of properly. Like anything, though, it's essential to get the right type, strength levels, and thickness for your installation. That ensures an excellent, long-lasting installation, one that will become your home's crowning jewel.
What is the AC Rating?
This is a one-to-five numbering system created by third-party professionals to rate a laminate's ability to withstand wear. As the numerals go up, so does the strength. For example, AC1 is meant for low traffic floors, but AC3 and AC4 are best for moderate to heavy residential use and some light commercial applications. AC5 addresses heavy commercial use.
It's also important to note that the thicker the material, the higher quality with more noise elimination, design options, and a better ability to hide subfloor imperfections. Choose the best quality budget will allow.
Also, understand laminate's versions
The original, highly water-resistant version is now joined by a newer waterproof laminate flooring version that makes it possible to install in every room in the house, even those with higher-than-normal moisture issues. Unique construction makes it impossible for spills to absorb, eliminating concerns about staining and peeling. Still, the original version on the market and actively sought-after, so be sure to specify the version you want.
Wood-look flooring is currently a trend, and these floors are so realistic even the flooring experts often have a hard time distinguishing them from genuine wood. Images are taken digitally, and micro beveling and deep embossing give the floor depth, dimension, and textured features. The material is cut into planks to mimic hardwood boards but can also be cut into squares to echo stone and tile.
To learn more about laminate flooring, visit the Sherlock's Carpet & Tile showroom in Orland Park, IL, especially if you live in Orland Park, Homer Glen, Tinley Park, Frankfort, New Lenox, or Palos Park. You'll be glad you came in because you'll walk out with a free quote and knowledge of our services, including rug binding & serging, hardwood refinishing, design consultation, and more.