Laminate flooring has been identified with low-cost value, extreme durability along with significant longevity, but those are just a few of the advantages noteworthy to laminate. They have a unique composite construction that lends themselves to multiple different installation applications, with a lifespan that is equal to many other flooring products on the market today. Finally, laminate floors are super easy to install, so they can be put in by a homeowner themselves, or at a significantly lower cost as compared to hardwood floors by your contractor.
But what are the different looks and styles available in laminate floors?
The Different Looks Of Laminate Flooring
Unlike other flooring products, the construction of laminate flooring combines unique processes to create the finished floor. The 4 layer construction used to produce laminate floors are the wear layer, the design layer, the inner core and finally, the backing layer. But for the purposes of this article, we are going to put our focus on the design layer.
The Design Layer Of Laminate Floors
The design layer of laminate floors is the composite component that gives them their look and color. Each style of laminate flooring is defined by the design layer, with wood species, grains, and textures that combine to establish the look and feel that the customer desires. Technology is used to apply a high-resolution and detailed photographic image of wood onto the design layer and that is what you see with your eyes.
Examples Of Different Laminate Floor Styles
Most laminate floors are created to mimic a specific type of wood, or wood grain effect, along with a distinct finish color. Let’s cover a few of the hundreds of styles and colors of laminate wood flooring available to you.
The Northshore Plank Dune Laminate Floor is a traditional color, yet rustic look that comes with an embossed texture surface design and beveled edge, making it an extremely realistic look and feel. It comes with a durable aluminum oxide coated finish, in 7 5/8” board widths. The Plank Dune also comes with a board length of 47 3/4” and a 25-year warranty
The Woodbridge Plank Ripe Olive Laminate Flooring is a darker, warm color floor with a rich embossed, hand scraped-like surface design with a beveled edge. It comes with a durable aluminum oxide coated finish, in 7 5/8” board widths, a board thickness of 12mm and a twenty-five-year warranty.
The Northshore Plank Nantucket Laminate Wood Floor offers an amazing beach color and wood grain effect that delivers a comfortable luxury appeal. The detailed embossed surface offers realistic textures and visual charm while providing a realistic wood floor beveled edge. It comes with a durable aluminum oxide coated finish, in 7 5/8” board widths.
Nectar from the Delano II Vintage Handscraped Collection is a registered and embossed 5” wide-plank laminate flooring. It offers the look and durability of vintage handscraped hardwood flooring without the higher price and can be floated on all grade levels over concrete or wooden subfloors. Each plank has 4-sided locking tongue-and-groove beveled edges.
As you can see there are many different looks, textures, colors, and styles of laminate flooring available. We have hundreds for you to choose from in varying qualities, thicknesses, lengths and budgets. To see many more options, check out our online laminate floor catalog for additional looks.
Not All Laminate Floors Are Created Equal
Just like with any other flooring product, you often get what you pay for. Price often has a lot to do with the quality of laminate flooring and how realistic a particular brand or product is, so laminate floors vary greatly on how they look, feel and ultimately feel in your home.
In general, the less expensive the laminate is, the more obvious it is that they are not real wood. This distinction between quality flooring and cheaper models is frequently determined when you walk on them. Cheap laminate flooring looks, sounds and feels fake and it isn’t hard to figure that out. The sound and feel of walking on very inexpensive laminate will be clear to even the completely unaware consumer.
Many homeowners who are looking to replace flooring in rentals or flip houses choose laminate flooring for the cost savings, and that is a great reason. However, it is important to select flooring that will add perceived value to the property, rather than distract from the perception of quality. Low-quality flooring will definitely be observed by those who see it and can often reduce the value of a property even though they are brand new and recently installed.