Pretty much any flat hard surface - concrete, hardwood, plywood or vinyl - can be used for a “floating” laminate installation. That’s why it’s become so popular with Do-It-Yourselfers – the need for surface preparation or removal of existing floors has been eliminated.
For homeowners not only looking for style but long wear, laminates are perfect. Most brands carry a 10 to 25 year residential warranty against staining, wearing, and fading.
Most homeowners are familiar with laminate countertops so they understand the flooring application – especially when learning that the flooring has considerably more resin in the wear layer, making it an ideal floor covering. Many manufacturers boast their laminate floors are now 10 to 20 times firmer than laminate countertops. And, because the wear layer is so firm, it is extremely difficult to stain, scratch or burn. That’s great news for homeowners who are looking for both style and a floor that will stand up to day-to-day wear.
For these reasons laminate flooring has become very popular as a flooring option for homeowners, especially existing homeowners. Homeowners are embracing laminate flooring especially in renovation and remodeling projects.
If you are looking at flooring options for your home, consider laminate, the workhorse of all flooring. Talk to your flooring retailer to see what choices and styles suit your lifestyle.