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Laminate Flooring Installation in Wilson, Rocky Mount & Nashville, NC

1506055There was a time in history when most houses had hardwood floors. That waxed look was spectacular to behold. But it also took time. Lots of time to strip, clean and re-wax. Dusting and mopping had to be done often. Today, you can still have that hardwood floor look without all the work. By using laminate flooring from Express Floors, you can have that hardwood look without the hassle.

Laminate flooring offers a durability that cannot be matched. With a warranty of 10 years, laminate flooring is built to last. Great for high traffic areas, it doesn’t wear down as easily as carpet or vinyl flooring. Scratch-resistant, it is great for use in homes or businesses with pets and children. Offering a wide variety of choices, there is a style to match any decorating taste for the home or office. Giving a rich tone to any space, it gives the tired and worn out old hardwood floors a fresh new look. Color choices range from light to dark woods. There is even a marble and multi-colored look to fit any décor.

1506058Laminate is easy on the wallet. Priced to fit any budget, it is much cheaper than hardwood flooring and most carpets. It is also easy to install, and can even add to the resale value of your home. Laminate flooring can be installed anywhere, and even be placed over almost all existing flooring. With no-glue options, the easy tongue and groove pieces will attach together nicely.

Everyone wants the classic look of hardwood. But they still require a lot of maintenance and can cost more than homeowners’ budgets will allow. Use laminate flooring instead so your home or office will have the same look for a fraction of the maintenance and price. Laminate flooring is the hardwood look without the hassle!

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

1506037Engineered hardwood flooring is real wood flooring, but is more stable than solid wood. Engineered wood flooring is less susceptible to shrinking and expanding with changes in temperatures and humidity while the multiple wood layers in engineered hardwood make it very durable.

Engineered vs. Solid: Selecting Wood Flooring

1506031Hardness:  Every species of wood has a rating on the Janka Hardness Scale, which measures the ability of a wood species to resist denting and wear.  White Pine is among the softest. Brazilian ebony is among the hardest. Hickory is somewhere in the middle, but harder than both white and red oak.  Knowing the traffic patterns of a growing family, we opted for the harder hickory over other options in our price range.

Engineered vs. Solid:  Production builders prefer engineered products over solid wood, because they tolerate differences in humidity and temperature better, which makes them easier to control logistically. They resist cupping and are pre-measured and finished, making them quicker to install. They’re cheaper, too. Because of their laminate construction, though, you cannot refinish them. You need to replace them once they’ve worn out. In my experience so far between solid and engineered, I’d have to say my engineered flooring does not wear as well as my solid oak floor did, even though the hickory wood is much “harder.”

Dark vs. Light:  Dark floors actually show more dirt than light floors. And they show more wear. Scratches on my dark finish show up much more prominently than they ever did on my unstained oak floors. But the hand-scraped finish makes it easy to remedy with a stain pen or putty stick.

 

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