Laminate flooring is an excellent choice

 
If you're looking for an affordable, authentic alternative to genuine wood or stone, this product is for you. Laminate flooring comes in various styles, colors, and textures and is durable, fade-and-scratch resistant, and low maintenance. Until recently, it was mainly associated with hardwood, but laminate stone echoes are now flying out of the stores, probably because it has that firm, rigid feeling of a hard surface--like stone or wood!
 

What is laminate flooring?

 
Laminate consists of four layers fused to make one entity. Starting from the bottom is a backing that adds moisture protection, balance, and foundation. Next is the core, usually HDF (high-density fiberboard), the most durable and water-resistant. The design layer is next; images are taken with high-definition photography, and there is micro beveling and deep embossing to add depth, dimension, and textures. Finally, the clear aluminum oxide coating at the top protects the floor from scratches and scuffs, enabling it to stand up to kids, pets, and even stilettos.
 
 
 
 

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What is waterproof laminate flooring?

 
Relatively new to the market, waterproof laminate flooring is constructed entirely without wood, making it spill proof and eliminating the concerns about soaking and staining. In addition, this version now makes it possible to install laminate in every room in the house, including the kitchen and bath, where it was once avoided because of the water/wood issues associated with the original product. Please be sure to specify which version you want, as the original one is still very much active.
 

Know about the AC rating

 
We want all our customers to know about this because not all laminate flooring has the same strength levels. AC (Abrasion Criteria) is a one-to-six rating system, considered the most reliable method to determine the amount of wear the product can take. The product goes through a series of tests, and the failure can result in a lower rating. For example, AC1 is for walls and very light foot traffic, such as bedrooms and, while AC2 is somewhat more robust, it still only should be used for areas like dining rooms. AC3 is the most common for residential use, as it is strong enough to withstand very heavily trafficked floors, such as hallways. Anything above is for commercial use.
 
 
 
Laminate flooring in Des Moines, IA from The Flooring Guys
 
 

Visit our laminate flooring store

 
We call laminate flooring style without sacrifice because it has the beauty of hardwood with the affordability and the strength to stand up to kids and pets. Come into The Flooring Guys showroom in Johnston, IA, to see for yourself how this product has evolved over the years, and we'll also give you a free quote. We work with residential and commercial projects in and around Des Moines, IA, Urbandale, IA, West Des Moines, IA && Ankeny, IA.