When it comes to designing or remodeling your home, staying informed on the latest emerging trends will ensure your space is fitted with a swoon-worthy ambiance. Flooring, in particular, is essential to creating an aesthetic that embodies your unique taste. In order to optimize the lifespan of your floor, you do not want to select a material that is outdated.
Whether you’re thirsting for a neoclassical style or looking for elements that evoke a mid-century modern feel, it’s important to begin your decorating journey with your flooring. To quench your desire for a tasteful home oasis, try integrating some of these tile trends into your design scheme.
Have you been fantasizing about vintage walnut-hued wood flooring for your newly remodeled kitchen, but your piggy bank is squealing in protest? Because authentic wood floors can cost a pretty penny, many homeowners are opting to go with laminate in its place. Laminate mimics the color, texture, and even the grainy appearance of real wood flooring, but at a much more cost-effective price point.
In addition, laminate is a durable solution for high-traffic areas or rooms that are prone to spills. From drips of your daughter’s neon-yellow nail polish to your 5-year-old’s spilled cranberry juice, laminate flooring is comprised of stain-resistant materials to ensure your space is as beautifully pristine as the day after it was installed. The synthetic product is built by fusing several layers of material together through a process known as lamination. Of these layers are the wear, décor, core, and backer layer.
The wear layer, replete with aluminum oxide, was designed for easy-cleaning, to withstand daily wear-and-tear, and to fight staining and fading. The décor layer, as its name implies, is where the design is imprinted, imitating the appearance of natural wood, stone, or tile. Laminate flooring maintains its construction, shape, and makeup through the core layer. Lastly, the backer layer supplies the flooring with reinforced stability and support.
When it comes to selecting the right laminate for your household, there are a few factors to consider.
Density and Thickness: Laminate floors offer several options when it comes to the thickness of the material: 7mm, 8mm, 10mm, and 12mm. While most laminates are equipped with similar scratch and dent resistant properties, thicker laminates offer a superior level of stability. This means they are not as prone to bending, which sometimes occurs due to uneven sections underneath your floor. As you begin to conduct price and product comparisons, bear in mind that each manufacturer labels their product different and may have bundled pricing options. For example, one manufacturer may designate the thickness as 10mm, but that includes the product and padding combined.
AC Rates: Think of the AC rating as a wear-and-tear measurement. Higher AC ratings equate to a product that maintains a greater level of durability and resistance to weathering. The scale is as follows:
Type of Texture: Available in a variety of finishes and textures, laminate flooring’s wide array of styles are designed to imitate the look and feel of authentic wood flooring. Here’s a look at your options when selecting a particular texture.
Smooth: A basic, unornamented finish, like the enamel that coats hardwood. There are varying gloss levels (low, medium, or high) that will determine the breadth of sheen and resistance to dents or scratches.
Embossed/Textured: a commonly-used, generalized texture that creates an illusion of a grainy surface without actually coinciding with the printed grain grooves.
Embossed in Registration: The most authentic texturized option, embossed in registration aligns perfectly with the décor layer’s design for a natural looking representation of wood flooring.
Hand Scraped/Distressed: Give you laminate floor a timeless, antiquated look that was once reserved solely for actual hardwood flooring.
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