Facts And Information About Laminate Flooring
What are the best brands of waterproof laminate? What does the warranty cover?
These are great questions about laminate, especially those that claim to be waterproof. Laminate is known for its ability to be scratch-resistant, giving parents the freedom to let their kids be kids. With it's strong aluminum oxide finish (a tough, clear metal that is mixed into the clear coat finish), laminate is not impossible to scratch, but a good bit of effort is required. Most common scratching comes from sharp metal objects that actually pierce through the top-cost, causing white scratch marks. Well groomed pet claws typically can't pierce the top surface, making laminate pet-friendly. The Achilles heel of laminate flooring is water. Its like Kryptonite to Superman. Because laminate is structured with high density fiberboard (ground up wood particles, glued together), which is very water absorbent, spills and leaks became a nightmare to consumers. When the HDF core absorbs water, it swells, very rapidly. If you've ever seen a persons floor that is swollen along the joints, or in the middle, its water damage.
After the vinyl sector carried the industry with waterproof LVT (luxury vinyl tile) and LVP (luxury vinyl plank), the laminate business suffered immensely. Now, the flooring industry has given consumer an answer, Waterproof Laminate. Waterproof or water-resistant laminate is plastered with a water proof sealant, that blocks out water. Naturally, the joints where 2 pieces come together, are more tight, which keeps water from penetrating through the topical cracks. This type of water damage is the #1 type of flooring repair to date.
Even though, the term "waterproof" is used, you must look at the implied warranty. Most manufacturers require the installation system be precise to their specifications in order to receive the waterproof warranty. Check with our sales staff for questions about buying a waterproof laminate online. At Georgia Carpet, we carry only those brands that are credible. Brands like Shaw Repel, Mohawk Revwood Plus, and Mannington Restoration. Shop with us and save time, money and energy.