Laminate

Royal Plus Flooring in Ocean City MD can handle your laminate floor project from start to finish. We will help you decide which floor is best for you; and provide a proposal to complete the job. We will help with the furniture, remove and dispose of existing flooring, install the appropriate underlayment and make sure you have any special pieces necessary to professionally complete your project.

Royal Plus offers a complete line of laminate flooring from major manufacturers in the business. Royal Plus’ flooring experts will assist you every step of the way from design to installation of your next project. Royal Plus services all of DELMARVA, including, Fenwick DE, Rehoboth DE, Bethany DE,, Ocean City MD, Berlin Md., Snow Hill MD, Salisbury MD, Pocomoke MD, Selbyville DE, Fenwick, Bethany, Ocean City, Berlin, Snow Hill, Salisbury, Pocomoke, Selbyville. Greenbackville, VA, Ocean Pines, MD.

What is Laminate Flooring?

Laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product fused together with a lamination process. Laminate flooring simulates wood (or sometimes stone) with a photographic applique layer under a clear protective layer. The inner core layer is usually composed of melamine resin and fiber board materials.

Laminate flooring has grown significantly in popularity, perhaps because it may be easier to install and maintain than more traditional surfaces such as hardwood flooring. It may also have the advantages of costing less and requiring less skill to install than alternative flooring materials. It is reasonably durable, hygienic and relatively easy to maintain. It has the disadvantage of being made of a plastic (melamine resin) derived from formaldehyde and because it is usually designed for light domestic use, It may be less durable than more conventional flooring, having a probable life of less than five years in heavy domestic use.

Laminate Flooring Copyright Mannington Mills, Inc.

Laminate flooring is a hybrid. It looks uncannily like hardwood or stone but it's not. Yet it's not vinyl tiling and it's not engineered flooring.

Yet--it's a little of all of those things.

Some people love laminate flooring because it's easy to install--you can install several hundred square feet in a weekend. It's easy to clean, too.

Other people hate it because, well, it's not real wood (more on that topic later!)

Laminate flooring is often known by its brand name, Pergo. Yet there are plenty of other manufacturers: DuPont, Mannington, and Armstrong.

See a pattern here? Laminate flooring is mainly manufactured by companies that make synthetic floor coverings.

Laminate Flooring is Not Real Wood

Put your face right up to laminate flooring--looks like real wood, doesn't it? Use a magnifying glass. Amazing! That's because laminate flooring is a surface layer of two thin sheets of paper impregnated with melamine. This surface layer is a photograph of wood grain, not real wood, and is usually covered by a hard transparent layer impervious to dogs, chairs, high heels, you name it.

Laminate Flooring is a Photograph of Wood

Under the wood-grain photograph is about a half-inch of wood-chip composite. So, sure--it's wood. In theory. And herein lay both the strong and weak points of laminate flooring. The strong point is that you can replicate practically anything on this Earth through a photograph, even the most costly Italian marble. The weak point is that it is fake. Fake $500 per square foot marble is still fake.

Laminate Comes in Snap-On or Glue-On Options

Laminate flooring planks, depending on the type you buy, are either snapped together or glued together. The "snap-together" kind is easier to install but not as structurally sound as the "glue-together" type. Also, the "glue-together" type resists moisture better.

What Are the Benefits of Laminate Flooring?

By Brian Vaughan, eHow Contributor

Laminate flooring is a less expensive alternative to wood. Laminate flooring has emerged as an alternative to many types of flooring because of its ability to mimic their appearance. The versatility of laminate flooring makes it an ideal choice for almost any home. Does this Spark an idea?

Durability
Laminate flooring is extremely resistant to scratches and scoffs. Because of its strength, impact also does not usually cause any damage.
Appearance

One of the perks of laminate flooring is that it can accurately imitate wood, stone, or tile flooring in appearance. This, along with its ability to withstand moisture, makes laminate an option in any room.

The life span of laminate flooring generally ranges from 15 to 30 years, which is less than that of many natural flooring materials.

Installation
Laminate flooring is much easier to install than wood flooring and often can be installed without the assistance of a professional. Laminate pieces latch together easily without the need of adhesives.
Cost
Laminate flooring is much less expensive than any natural material flooring, as it is made from synthetic materials that are cheaper to create.


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