Laminate flooring combines natural looking designs with a tough, durable finish and can be used in almost any area of the home. Laminate floors also offer realistic designs and can replicate the characteristics of the popular handscraped hardwood floors.
Laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product, fused together with a lamination process. Laminate flooring simulates wood (or stone, in some cases) with a photographic applique layer under a clear protective layer. The inner core layer is usually composed of melamine resin and fiber board materials. There is sometimes a glue backing for ease of installation. It has the advantages that it is durable, as compared with carpet, and attractive, at a lower cost as compared to natural floor materials.
Laminate flooring is a hybrid. It looks like hardwood but it’s not. Yet it’s not vinyl tiling and it’s not engineered flooring. Some people love laminate flooring because it’s easy to install–you can install several hundred square feet in a weekend. It’s easy to clean, too. Laminate flooring is often known by its brand name, Pergo. Yet there are plenty of other manufacturers: Dupont, Mannington, Armstrong, and more. Laminate flooring is mainly manufactured by companies that make synthetic floor coverings.
With the look of wood but with an improved wear performance, getting all the beauty and elegance of hardwoods, laminate flooring is both durable and easy to maintain. It’s machine-made construction makes it very hard to stain, warp or buckle and the Aluminum Oxide coated surface gives it a high degree of scratch resistance that is perfectly suited to heavy foot traffic. Unlike hardwood, laminate floors have water resistant cores and wax impregnated edges making them resistant to topical water spills. This allows for installation in kitchens and bathrooms.
The allure of laminate flooring is not only in it’s representation of real hardwood and it’s incredible durability, but also in the ease with which these floors are installed and maintained. The introduction of glueless laminates has revolutionized flooring, opening the door to the DIY market and the weekend enthusiast. No prior experience, specialized knowledge or tools are required. Simply place on the floor, cut the odd piece, click, and your floors are ready to be walked on.
SD Flooring Center & Design provides laminate flooring from the following manufacturers: AJ Trading, Armstrong, Greenfield, Kaindl, Lamett, Mannington, Quick Step, Shaw and more. Our laminate collections in San Diego are the best combination of quality and value in a wide range of colors, styles and designs; visit one of our San Diego show rooms today where an expert designer can help you turn your vision into reality. Our in-house installers have years of experience in dealing with laminate flooring and are bonded, licensed and insured.
I used SD Flooring & Design for both carpeting and vinyl work. I found that their pricing was pretty reasonable and I was happy with their selection. They brought in two different crews to do the work. The carpeting crew was great! They showed up on time, were polite, and made sure to explain everything to me. They cleaned up well after themselves as well. If it were the carpet crew alone, I would give them a 4 or a 5 for workmanship and customer service. However, the vinyl crew was terrible. The guy who did the work was extremely unreliable. He never showed up when he said he would. Even the boss was flaky and often came at the wrong time. This was frustrating to me because I don't live at this house, so every time they showed up at the wrong time, I had to drive about 20 minutes to go let them in. He was also really rude to me! He did not answer my questions. When he finished, I thought it was really poor workmanship. They are supposed to come back next week and fix the problems with the flooring. So, I guess we will see how it goes. I am still willing to give them a second chance, but I'm really disappointed with the crew so far. If you are thinking about using them, I would say that they are fine to buy from, but if you are looking for vinyl flooring, find your own contractor!
- By Y K
This was my first time using SD Flooring Center & Design. I was very happy with them. My floors were done very well and very quickly, they really look great! They did a very good job, and I would definitely recommend them to anyone.I could not be happier with my new floors. - By Catherine S