GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) - When you think about flooring, what do you wish for most? Beauty that lasts? The freedom to live a full, rich life – without worrying about whether your floors can handle it? OR do you wish you understood what in the world the salesperson is talking about?
Laminate floors are a wonderful blend of superior technology and style, resulting in a family-friendly floor that is highly realistic, good-looking, and durable. It's an upscale look without the upscale cost! And who doesn't love that idea!?
CHOOSING LAMINATE. If you haven't shopped laminate flooring lately, get ready to be surprised! Today's laminates are extraordinarily realistic and come in a wide variety of species, colors, finishes and widths. Some even have an exotic look that's in high demand – and of course, with laminate, there's no rainforest destruction to be concerned about. Some of the wood-looks replicated by laminate are so rare, they can't be found in abundance in nature….others are so exotic they can't be harvested for environmental reasons. For these looks, laminate is the only choice. Your floor would be not only stunning, but unique.
SPECIES. Laminate comes in almost as many species as hardwood, and each one has its own grain pattern. For an informal feeling, look for graining with high energy and heavy motion. Fine graining, on the other hand, creates a more traditional atmosphere.
COLORS. Laminate colors span the spectrum, just as they do for hardwood. And the same "color psychology" applies: Darker colors tend to evoke coziness and drama, while lighter colors are airy and modern.
SURFACES AND FINISHES. Again, laminate's choices echo those of hardwood. High-gloss finishes are very high-end and contemporary. Surfaces with the hand-scraped or distressed look are mellow and relaxed in feeling.
WIDTHS. Wider planks are an extremely popular look, one that's beautiful in larger rooms. But thinner, 3"-wide planks are laminate's hottest growing trend….they look unbelievable like hardwood.
WEARABILITY. Look for laminates that are warranted not to stain or wear though and not fade due to direct sunlight or artificial light. You also want your laminate floor to be strong, stable and moisture-resistant, ensuring lasting quality and beauty.
Let the flooring experts at Standale Interiors help you select the right laminate for your home. Remember, be bold, be brave and have fun becuase this is 4 you!
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