5 Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Laminate Wood Floor
Not all laminate flooring is created equal.
Laminate flooring is a popular flooring product today. Advances in manufacturing capabilities allow laminate flooring to be created to look like almost any kind of floor covering – brick, leather, wood, stone, just to name a few. Laminate flooring is manufactured by taking a photo of the desired appearance, adhering it to a core backing, and a protective layer of finish. Although the “process” of making a laminate floor may seem somewhat generic, there are important considerations you should review before you make a selection. Not all laminate flooring is created equal, and it is important to be mindful of quality when making a selection.
Here are 5 questions you should consider before selecting a laminate floor.
Questions 1: Does the floor have a frequently repetitive pattern?
Because laminate flooring is made up of pictures it is very common to find a frequent repetitive pattern in the floor. This can detract from the overall appearance especially if you are trying to create wood flooring appearance. Although the pattern in a laminate floor is common and should be expected, you select a supplier and a wood floor that maintains some variety so the floor looks more authentic.
Question 2: What is the laminate flooring Core made of?
The core of the laminate floor can be made of a variety of and layers of materials. Since the top layer is essentially a thin photograph, it is important that the back layer be well engineered and stable. For example, Largo laminate flooring is made from high quality engineered multi layer construction which will hold its shape, resist cupping and peaking over time. This greatly enhances he stability of the floor over the long term.
Question 3: What is the VOC Content & impact to Environmental Health?
Laminate flooring is manufactured in a variety of facilities, both domestic and international. It is important to understand that not all manufacturing facilities adhere to the same quality controls. You want to check the environmental labels for any laminate floor you are considering. For Commercial Spaces, look for FloorScore Certification – this is recognized by USGBC, LEED, NAHB and other organizations. For Residential spaces, make sure the product meets or exceeds the California Indoor Air Quality standards, or CARB2 standards, which are the most stringent in the world.
Questions 4: How easy is it to damage the floor, how easily can it be repaired?
Laminate flooring is not a true “hardwood floor” so it manufacturing improperly it can be more prone to damage, causing you to pay higher repair and replacements costs. Largo laminate flooring is dent resistant due to its high density core and top layer. Plus, the Largo flooring is a floating floor, so it does not need to be adhered to the subfloor via nails or glue. When repair or replacement of a board is necessary you can easily pop out and replace the board using the Torlys Bulldog repair tool. This saves customers time and money and helps the floor last so much longer.
Question 5: How stable are the floors?
The quality of laminate flooring varies greatly since there are so many different manufacturers and manufacturing standards. Largo laminate floors are made with a patented Uniclic join, that was unique designed by Torlys, to be super tight, prevent ugly gaps and keep the floors resistant to surface water.