Get the look and feel of hardwood floors or ceramic tiles with the high-quality laminate flooring at Satolli Carpet & Floor Coverings. These easy-to-install floors are resistant to stains and wear, look great, and are a fraction of the cost of their counterparts.
Laminate flooring comes in a variety of styles, colors, textures, and finishes. It can be used in almost any room of your home, but it can sometimes be temperamental when it comes to moisture, so it may not be the best fit for bathrooms and non-waterproofed basements.
Installation of laminate flooring is much easier than it looks. Laminate flooring is laid without glue, nails, or tape. All it requires is a tiny bit of leftover space at the edges of the room, which are normally covered with trim, to expand and contract with the weather. There are almost no gaps between the pieces, and the floating floor provides more cushion and support. Laminate floors require a 'cushion' similar to carpet.
Laminate flooring consists of four main layers: bottom backing layer, core layer, image layer, and the top wear layer. Quality laminate flooring will undergo vigorous testing and be rated according to the Abrasion Class rating (AC Rating). Those ratings are as follows*:
AC 1: Minimal Foot Traffic – Home use
AC 2: Medium Foot Traffic – Home use
AC 3: All levels of foot traffic – Home use
AC 4: All levels of foot traffic – Home use and possible commericial use
AC 5: Heavy Foot Traffic – Commercial use
*Laminate flooring that is unrated will typically not hold up in the long term.