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Which Laminate Flooring Is Right for You?

Making Sense of Laminate Flooring Style Features One thing laminate flooring is known for is durability. That’s a necessity every family with pets and non-stop household activities certainly can’t live without. But if you think the story begins and ends with durability, that’s where you’re wrong. Laminates present you with a wide variety of style choices, too. Here’s a quick guide to understanding the five key style features that can help you find the right laminate for your home: Plank Color and Design: You’ll want to choose a laminate flooring wood species based on the color and design pattern that best complements your room decor. For example, Formica Flooring has wood colors that range from the neutral and traditional, like Macon Oak and Cheyenne Hickory, to the bold and exotic, like Dalarna Birch and Brazilian Mahogany. Plank Thickness: Depending on the architecture and acoustics of your home, you may want to weigh your laminate flooring options regarding the thickness of the planks. Thicker planks provide better sound dampening, but usually come at a slightly higher price. Laminate Flooring planks come in 8 mm, 10 mm, and 12 mm thicknesses. But even the thickest styles, Quintessa and Classic Estate, are priced affordably for most budgets. Plank Size: In the same way that clothes can give the illusion of longer legs or a slimmer waistline, plank size can change the appearance of a room. Extra long planks, like Quintessa’s 6-foot planks, and multiple strip planks, as found in the Messina line from Formica Flooring, can make small rooms appear longer or wider. Surface Texture: If you want added realism, look for a laminate flooring with a textured plank surface. A hand scraped finish makes the laminate plank surface slightly uneven, giving it a more authentically hand-hewn hardwood look and feel. Planks with a registered embossed finish feature detailed patterns that mimic the fine indentations found along real wood grain.  [Messina no longer has this finish] Beveled Edges: Another characteristic that can make laminate flooring look even more like real hardwood floors is the addition of beveled edges. When beveled-edge planks are joined together, they create a subtle v-groove that adds visual interest and dimension to any room. Formica Flooring is one brand of laminate flooring that lets you choose just how low you want to go—with either a full beveled edge on Classic Estate or a shorter, micro-beveled edge on its...
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About The Floorum

Welcome to the Floorum. We have created this blog to discuss topics related to laminate flooring, interior design, home improvement and other areas that makes life at home a bit more livable, beautiful or valuable. Real words for real life? We want to be clear about what we’re doing here. First of all, yes, we will extol the benefits of laminate flooring. Yes, we will cover how to choose flooring and why Formica Flooring makes a wonderful choice over other flooring options. And yes, we will share ideas from Formica Flooring design, installation and home improvement experts. However, what we’ll also share are perspectives from contributors who are homeowners, moms or dads. People who are just looking for ways to make their own space a bit more interesting or useable or comfortable, and want to share what they’re learning. To start with, we’ll feature links to content from different sources as well as original articles, and see how it goes. Your comments are welcome throughout the process. Come in. Look around. Stay a while. We’re happy you’re here. Meagan Formica Blog Content...
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