Laminate flooring has grown in popularity, much in part due to its ease of maintenance, affordability, and decorative appearance. Designer laminates are used in commercial and residential spaces to provide a captivating environment. First developed and introduced by the brand Pergo in the 1970s, this type of flooring is relatively new. There are many design and style options offered in Regina by Prestige Interiors.
This type of flooring is constructed in layers. At the very top is the wear layer, which protects the design layer from scratches, wear, fading, damage, etc. Next, is the designer laminate itself. It is made of high-resolution images of natural materials, such as wood. The middle layer is the inner core, and is made from high-density fiberboard and reinforced with a special type of resin to increase durability and moisture resistance. Below the inner core is the “backing” layer, which is constructed to resist moisture to prevent board warping.
This type of flooring is an inexpensive alternative to a hardwood floor. If your budget won’t allow you to invest in a traditional hardwood floor, whether solid or engineered, laminate is a great option. Don’t assume that it’s a “cheap faux wood floor”, as modern technology allows for it to have a remarkably realistic appearance. It’s extremely difficult to tell the difference between solid hardwood and laminate wood. Designer laminates appear to have the same stain, graining, and texture as hardwood.
Laminate flooring is very versatile. There is a place for it in any type of setting, from country to contemporary. Cleaning it is an easy process compared to cleaning other hard surface flooring. However, it’s not recommended to mop laminate floors – at least not with traditional mops. Stick with dry cleaning methods with the occasional wet cleaning with specialized mopping products that don’t leave excessive water. Keep protective mats at entryways to keep dirt and moisture off of the flooring.