Laminates, Vinyl and Stone Composite are special types of wood flooring in the sense that they are not actually wood but they look exactly like wood!
They are a much more affordable alternative to wood floors with almost the same look as hardwood floors.
As much as they are all imitations of wood, they each have their unique properties.
Laminate flooring is the closest alternative to an original hardwood floor, and as such it has taken the carpet industry by storm. It is a synthetic floor material that simulates wood with a picture laminated over particle board. Laminate floors are often installed using a floating floor technique that requires no adhesive. Its durability is unmatched when compared with carpeting and often even with wood floors.
It has become the most popular alternative to purchasing solid hardwood flooring as it resists staining, wear and tear, and fading much better than wood while providing the same unique look and appeal.
Laminate floors are considered to be very low-maintenance when compared to other flooring types such as Solid Hardwood or Bamboo Floors. It is the most cost-effective way to purchase hardwood flooring because it uses less wood than other types of hardwood flooring.
Laminate flooring is made to look like natural hardwood floor, but without the same costly price.
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Vinyl flooring is durable, waterproof flooring that has the look of hardwood or stone without the hefty price tag. It is designed to resemble hardwood, and it comes in strips. You can find this product in a number of styles, each mimicking a specific type of wood, from oak to hickory and beyond. Because vinyl plank imitates hardwood, you’re sure to find a version that matches the rest of your home’s decor.
Vinyl has a very similar look to hardwood but has a softer feel to it which makes it less likely for objects that fall on it to break e.g. glass plates and cups. Like laminate floors, it can be installed directly on concrete and also can last for as long as 20 years without daily cleaning or maintenance.
It's definitely a penny saver for most households!
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Stone composite flooring is a mixture of plastic, limestone core and polymer resin. It is often referred to as rigid core and is denser and more impact resistant than Wood polymer composite. An SPC vinyl floor is still 100% waterproof, but adds stability, dent resistance and structure to vinyl plank flooring.
Just like Laminate and Vinyl flooring, it is very cost effective and lasts several years with very little maintenance.
It is the top choice for commercial buildings as it withstands stains, water, fading and breakage while still looking like wood or tile!
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