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Formica® Flooring Introduces Eco-Friendly Exotic Wood Looks

Get an exotic wood look without hurting the planet or your pocketbook thanks to laminate flooring. The trend toward more exotic wood flooring started over a decade ago and shows no signs of waning. According to the World Floor Covering Association, exotic woods “win the heart” by showcasing the artistic beauty found in nature. The bold striping, depth of color, and rich beauty of these woods leave us marveling at how majestic trees can offer such elegance in both form and function. With looks to appeal to every taste and interior décor, there would seem to be no downside to using exotic wood flooring. However, what makes these trees so “exotic” in the first place is that many are endangered species at risk of being overharvested from some of our planet’s most ecologically diverse and sensitive areas. What’s an environmentally conscious homeowner to do? Choose one of several rainforest-friendly alternatives from Formica Flooring’s new Tradewinds laminate floor collection. While these decors look like real exotic Blackwood, South American Mahogany, Peruvian Walnut, and Caribbean Jatoba, they’re actually laminate wood flooring made in South Carolina. Formica Flooring uses a highly efficient manufacturing process that minimizes the impact on the environment and brings you the look of exotic hardwood floors without harming any real exotic or endangered wood species. The narrow planks of the Tradewinds collection feature a single-strip pattern with a soft-brushed surface texture and beveled edges, creating the perfect combination of exotic looks and classic style. A 30-year warranty ensures that these laminate floors will stand up to the wear and tear of everyday life and still look beautiful for years to come. You can also look forward to all the perks of owning a Formica Flooring laminate floor, including glueless installation, easy care and maintenance, and GREENGUARD Certified low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). By providing high quality, American-made products at an affordable price, Formica Flooring makes it easy to indulge your taste for the...
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Do laminate floors stand up better to pets? Ask Mary

Q: My dogs have pretty much shredded my hardwood floors. I’ve heard that laminate floors stand up better to pets. Is this true? A: Yes, laminate floors definitely stand up better to pets because they are designed to be both durable and beautiful—something that simply cannot be said of hardwood floors. Hardwood floors are essentially wood planks with a clear coat of lacquer applied to the surface. This lacquer is easily worn and scratched away as pets or people move across the floor. What’s more, some hardwoods are actually soft woods, which can be easily gouged or dented. Laminate flooring, on the other hand, is actually constructed so that the layer of decorative paper (the layer that gives the plank its wood grain appearance) and the resilient top layer are fused together for an abrasion-resistant surface. Plus, the high density core of laminate planks helps it resist dents and gouges. To learn more about the differences between hardwoods and laminates, especially as it applies to pets, watch this video from Jody Smith, Quality Manager at Formica Flooring, or check out this comparison of Hardwoods vs Laminates. About Mary: As a homeowner with teenagers and pets, Mary knows how hard life can be on floors. Luckily, she has access to the experts at Formica Flooring and is eager to pass along their insight, knowledge, and experience to help answer all your flooring...
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Ask Mary: Replace dingy carpet before selling home?

Q: We’re about to put our house on the market. Should we offer an allowance to replace our dingy carpet or install a new floor before we list the house? A: While an allowance lets buyers choose new flooring for themselves, there are benefits to installing a laminate wood floor that might make your home even more attractive to buyers. First of all, it will look better during showings. Buyers may not be able to look past the worn out carpet and see your home as being their new home. Also, an allowance means work. “Move-in ready” is a lot more enticing than “comes with an allowance.” Second, laminate flooring is one of the least expensive flooring options you have, and you might be able to install it yourself, saving you even more money. This might be a better way to go than a more expensive allowance for carpet or hardwoods. Even if you don’t install it yourself, laminate flooring is still quicker and easier to install than hardwoods. There is no glue, no nails, and no moving out of your house like with hardwoods. Who has time for that when you’re cleaning up for an open house? If you replace your carpet with laminate flooring, you’ll not only be presenting your home in the best possible light, but you’ll also give your home an edge. Laminates are designed to be beautiful and durable for years to come, which means buyers know right away that they won’t face the expense of replacing the floors anytime soon. What’s more, some Formica Flooring designs even come with a lifetime warranty. Imagine being able to put that in your listing description! If you’re already willing to provide a carpet allowance, consider investing that money instead in a new laminate floor to give your home the best chance for a speedy sale. Be sure to read this article on Choosing the Right Laminate Flooring Brand first.   About Mary: As a homeowner with teenagers and pets, Mary knows how hard life can be on floors. Luckily, she has access to the experts at Formica Flooring and is eager to pass along their insight, knowledge, and experience to help answer all your flooring...
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Ready for a New Laminate Floor?

Are you ready for a new laminate floor? There’s no mistaking the feeling of longing for a new floor. Either you just can’t stand your worn out, scratched up hardwoods anymore. Or the spills and stains on your aging carpet are starting to look more like a Twister mat than an acceptable floor covering. Sometimes, it’s a big event like a major renovation project or buying or selling a home that beckons the arrival of a new floor. Regardless of what triggered you to be ready for a new floor, you should explore all your options before choosing the right floor for your home. Often, people instinctively replace same with same. Old hardwoods are replaced with fragile, new ones. Dingy carpet is replaced with soon-to-be dingy carpet. And so on. Because even affordable flooring can be a big investment, you owe it to yourself to look at options you may not have even known existed, like laminate wood flooring. One brand in particular, Formica Flooring, combines the beauty of hardwoods with a level of durability that’s almost unmatched by any other flooring material. This combination of elegant looks and lasting finish makes Formica Flooring perfect for high-traffic areas, like kitchens and hallways, as well as high style areas, like dining and living rooms. And with a wide range of plank thicknesses, surface textures, wood species, and price points to match, Formica Flooring is suitable and affordable for almost every room of the house. My biggest piece of advice for homeowners is to think about the floor as part of the décor of a room, not just the foundation. When viewed through this lens, replacing same with same might not always make the most sense. Although it may not be the first choice you think of, laminate wood flooring could be the perfect choice to add style that will look as beautiful years later as it did the day you installed it. When you are ready for a new floor, think Formica...
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Formica Flooring joins the latest Internet Pin-sation! Pinterest!

Pins, boards, people…Oh my! Formica Flooring, your favorite laminate flooring brand, is excited to announce our new Pinterest page where we’ll be posting all kinds of inspirational design ideas and home décor images. And you thought you spent way too much time on Pinterest before. Visit and “Pin” us here:...
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