How to choose laminate flooring

These days, laminate floors have evolved in the design world with better seaming, deep embossing, and other technological innovations. Some even go so far as to call it a trend, especially since it's so closely associated with a stylish wood look, although lately, the stone mimics are flying out the door of our laminate flooring store. Laminate flooring is manufactured using wood byproducts, multi-layered, and fused into one entity.  

There’s also a new-to-the-market waterproof version that features a non-wood construction. Be sure to visit the Frontier showroom when shopping for laminate in Dunedin, FL. We'll help you choose the best your wallet will allow.

A break-down of the laminate layers

Starting from the bottom of the laminate flooring is the backing, which is the foundation and adds stability. Next is the core, often made of HDF (high-density fiberboard), a highly water-resistant and stable product. Finally, the design layer is where you'll see the beautiful, highly stylish images, and at the very top is a clear, strong aluminum-oxide coating that protects the floor from scratches and scuffs.

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Why should I care about the AC Rating?

The AC (Abrasion Criteria) rating is a one to six rating system monitored by third-party companies. Each product goes through a series of tests; it is so comprehensive that even one examines the impact of furniture legs on the laminate flooring. Just the failure of one test can push the product into a lower category.  The ratings are as follows: AC1 means the product can only be used on walls. AC2 is for low-traffic rooms, such as bedrooms. AC3 is most commonly chosen for residential floors because it can handle most levels of busyness. AC4 is for very heavily foot trafficked floors and light commercial use, such as smaller retail spaces. Finally, AC5 and AC6 are for heavy commercial use, such as shopping malls. Laminate is easy to care for with regular sweeping and periodic mopping. Use a manufacturer-approved cleaner that avoids waxy, shine-promoting substances. It is also best to install it as a floating floor, where the pieces click together, mat, and then hover without nails or glue.

Visit our laminate flooring store

For decades, laminate has been considered a great, affordable alternative to wood flooring. 

Whether you're planning a residential or commercial project, be sure to visit our laminate flooring store to learn more and get a free quote. The Frontier Hardwood Flooring showroom in Dunedin, FL, is convenient to Dunedin, FL, Clearwater, FL, Largo, FL, Palm Harbor, FL, Tarpon Springs, FL, Belleair, FL, Safety Harbor, FL, Seminole, FL, St. Petersburg, FL && Reddington Shores, FL.