When laminate floors first burst upon the flooring scene, they were marketed as poor cousins to hardwood flooring. Advances in production and innovative designs have elevated into its own elite category.
High definition digital imaging gives laminate flooring the ability to appear to be:
Wood-laminates channel domestic hardwoods like oak, maple, walnut and cherry; more exotic selections may include bamboo, mahogany, rosewood and ipé. Formats emulate hardwood – planks available in narrow and wide widths, high gloss or low gloss finish, textured surfaces like hand-scraped or distressed.
The stability built into laminate flooring, permits large format squares and rectangles that offer rigorous performance. Whether you are looking for Carrera marble, limestone pavers or slate, laminate flooring requires less preparation for installation, and is most suitable for areas where the considerable weight of real stone flooring would preclude its use.