Patrick's Flooring Showcase
2800 Square Feet of Showroom
Showcasing ceramic/porcelain tile, carpet, carpet tiles, vinyl and laminate
in addition to the largest hardwood showroom in Northern Ky
Laminate floors are quickly becoming the flooring of choice for active families and homeowners. If you love the gorgeous look of a wood or stone floor but are worried about high traffic that can ruin expensive floors, laminate flooring is probably the best option on the market.
Laminate flooring is lot like FORMICA countertops - a combination of layers of wood and melamine plastic that imitate real wood, stone or other textures.
But what you’re seeing when you look at laminate flooring is actually a picture – a high-quality photograph of real wood or stone that has been placed on top of the floor and covered with ultra-strong, clear plastic.
Laminate flooring is made of various layers that are fused together. The layers in most laminate flooring include: WEAR LAYER. This is the top layer, the once you walk on. It’s usually made from cellulose paper that’s been saturated with melamine plastic resins that make laminate flooring scratch-resistant.
DESIGN LAYER This is the image you see, typically a photo or patterned print that has been copied onto cellulose paper. CORE LAYER – This is the backbone of laminate. The core layer is some form of processed particle board and comes in different thicknesses.
STABILIZING LAYER- This is the bottom layer that holds everything in place. It’s usually made from resin-saturated paper. Just like the tope layer.
In addition, some brands of laminate have an underlayment attached to the bottom. This layer absorbs sound and adds cushion. It is usually made of cork, felt, or foam.
Laminate flooring is available in planks, strips and tiles. Laminate is installed on top of your existing floor. Most laminate flooring is floating and installed over a pad such as “floormuffler”
One disadvantage to a laminate floor is that it cannot be refinished, sanded or stripped. However, with some of the strongest warranties in the flooring industry, there’s not much chance you’ll ever need to replace your laminate floor.