If you are in the market for new flooring and want something that looks great that will not break the bank, you should consider laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is a great alternative to hardwood, ceramic tile, and carpet. Hardwood can be very costly, and if damaged, even more expensive to repair. Carpet is comfortable, but not ideal for high traffic areas, and can be a nightmare to clean. Ceramic tile is another option that can look great, and is easy to clean, but can become slippery and dangerous when wet. So, what option is left if you would like great looking floors, that are easy to clean, and do not require constant maintenance to keep safe? Laminate flooring of course! If you are looking for laminate flooring in the Chicago area, look no further than Classic Floors Chicago.
What is Laminate Flooring Exactly?
So, what is laminate flooring? Laminate flooring is a product made up of four layers of different synthetic material. These layers of synthetic materials are made up of the melamine layer, with aluminum oxide, this layers job is to prevent scratches, stains, and fading. The melamine layer is extremely durable and remains resilient to the wear and tear of even the highest traffic areas. The melamine layer is the surface layer which is sleek, durable, and easy to clean. The Décor layer is next, sitting under the melamine layer, the décor layer is a printed image displaying patterns, images, and natural effects such as wood, stone, or tile. After the décor layer comes to the core layer, this layer gives laminate flooring its structure. The core layer adds to the overall strength of the laminate strip and has dent resistant properties. Last is an additional melamine layer, this layer adds additional support to the laminate strip, plank, or tile. These four layers are bound together through the process of lamination to create the laminate used for flooring.
The Benefits of Laminate Floors
Apart from being less expensive than other flooring alternatives, a laminate is more dent and scratch resistant than hardwood floors. Laminate is easier to maintain than carpet which is prone to collecting dust and stains. Carpet can also pose a problem for people with allergies and people with pets. Tile flooring can be a great look but can be uncomfortable and cold, as it does little to trap in heat. Tile flooring can also become slippery when wet, making constant cleaning and drying a necessity for safety. Laminate is a stunning alternative to hardwood, offering the hardwood look that is hard to differentiate from the real thing. Laminate is an easy to maintain, affordable, and beautiful option for anyone looking to purchase new flooring. Classic Floors Chicago offers a wide variety of laminate flooring that can be customized and sized to various customer specifications.
Caring for Your Laminate Flooring
While laminate is extremely durable and scratch resistant, maintenance is still important to keep your laminate looking as stunning as the day it was put in. There are no special steps or instructions for cleaning your laminate floors. Sweeping and mopping regularly will keep dirt off your floors, which can scratch laminate if left to accumulate. Mopping regularly will easily clean any spills or surface stains that may accumulate in high-traffic areas such as kitchens. Laminate can stand up to almost all spills and is not prone to water damage. It is still recommended that any water or liquid that is spilled on laminate be cleaned up as soon as possible. Apart from standard cleaning and care, laminate requires no other maintenance, no waxing or oiling is necessary.
Why You Should Choose Classic Floors Chicago
Classic Floors Chicago has been providing Chicago flooring for over 16 years. Our team of experienced and knowledgeable professionals approaches each job with the utmost respect and care. With the use of state-of-the-art equipment, we offer great pricing and complete each job in a timely, yet thorough, manner. We are one hundred percent dedicated to customer satisfaction and will do everything in our power to make sure the job is done right. We offer the knowledge and experience that make us an outstanding choice for anyone interested in new flooring in Chicago.