Laminate flooring is a great choice for active areas of the home.
It's amazing to see how many new laminate flooring styles and colors are available today. As laminate technology has improved so have the designs, realism and plank shapes of laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is not just offered in wood plank designs, many manufacturers offer a wide range of colors in realistic stone, slate and tile designs with grout lines.
The advantage to this is a realistic looking ceramic or stone tile appearance without the hassle of cleaning soiled grout joints and is far less costly to install. Also, if you are concerned with upkeep of a wood floor (especially with large pets) than a laminate floor may be your answer. If you are concerned with tearing up your old floor than a floating laminate floor may be a great alternative for you. (Floating refers to the floating installation method, where the individual planks are locked together but never attached to the subfloor underneath. Laminate floors have a special tongue and groove locking system that tightly join the planks & tiles together. No glue, nails or staples needed.)
The top melamine wearlayer is incredibly durable and very easy to care for. The finish layer is impervious to most stains, spills, burns and is extremely scratch resistant.
Laminate Floor Care tips
* Use felt pads, or wide based casters underneath all chair and furniture legs.
* When moving heavy objects across the floor always use extra care and place walk off mats by all exterior doorways.
*Vacuum your floor regularly using soft brush attachments and wipe with a damp cloth or mop when needed.
*Do not polish or wax these floors.
* Never try to refinish or sand a laminate floor.
* Do not use steel wool or any harsh abrasive cleaners on the floor.