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What to Look For in Laminate Flooring

With today’s advances in materials and installation techniques, laminate flooring is making a beautiful comeback. Previously considered a cheap alternative to real wood, laminate was often thought of being comparable to vinyl for looks and value. However, the engineering behind laminate flooring has created new levels of both durability and beauty. Many choices mimic the look of hardwood so well that you would have to get down on floor level to discover the difference. It remains important, however, to choose the right flooring type and maker in order to ensure its long-lasting beauty and durability. As a better option in wet environments or high traffic areas, laminate is giving homeowners the best in affordable, yet beautiful, flooring options. Here’s what to look for when buying your next laminate flooring:

  • Formaldehyde – Many antiquated manufacturing processes caused laminate flooring to produce formaldehyde emissions along with other VOC’s. These emissions can cause a variety of health risks when exposure is moderate to high. When buying laminate flooring, be sure to ensure that the product is compliant with new health standards, like Phase 2 Compliant.

  • Slip and impact resistance – Durability can vary greatly between manufacturers so make sure that the flooring you choose is rated higher, especially if you have pets or children. Texture of the laminate flooring can also help increase slip resistance.

  • Professional installation – Though many laminates offer friendly installation for homeowners, the best and most convenient option is to hire a professional flooring installation company to ensure the best outcome. Online reviews and referrals from friends and family are quite helpful in finding the best floor installers and retailers in the greater San Antonio Area.

  • Variety of design options – Even when you find that perfect color, texture or design, make sure that the above standards still fit. Overlooking its durability will make that gorgeous floor vulnerable to damage if looks alone take priority. With several manufacturers to choose from, you’ll be able to ensure good quality while finding that perfect floor.

With MR Flooring & Remodeling in San Antonio, you can count on quality products, skilled installation, guaranteed results, and customer satisfaction; as we hold these to be the guiding principles of our flooring company.

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