Flooring in layers
Laminate is the result of fusing a combination of wood-based materials, layered on top of one another in the shape of a plank or tile designed to look and feel like natural wood, stone or ceramic materials. The most common makeup includes four main layers:
- A surface wear layer for protection against most common forms of damage
- A photographic decorative layer featuring a wood or tile design
- A high-density core layer for strength & stability makes up most of the plank
- A bottom backing layer for balance, moisture protection and underlayment
Not sure how to use laminate flooring in your own space? Check out our gallery of room designs and get inspired!
Getting ready for the installation of your new laminate floors? Check out our guide and learn what to expect on installation day!
CARE & MAINTENANCE
Caring for your laminate floors is relatively simple - and proper care is the key to peak performance and lasting good looks! Learn more from our laminate flooring expert care and maintenance guide.
Which is better? Laminate vs. Hardwood
Hardwood has long been sought after for its beauty, durability, and the value it can add to a home. Nowadays, to help with the affordability of home construction and sales, laminate flooring is being substituted for wood’s warm, natural charm. At Carpet Advantage, we offer both options, which we recommend to different customers based on their specific budget and needs.
Here’s how these two types of flooring stack up against one another:
Made from natural, harvested trees
Scratches, moisture damage and wear are common, but add value & character
Can be refinished many times via sanding out imperfections
Made from composite wood materials
Resists scratches, moisture and wear, all while being easy to clean
Up to 50% less expensive to install, snapping together easy for DIY projects
Styles of laminate flooring
Laminate is an affordable way to get the look of the wood or tile flooring you’ve been dreaming off. At Carpet Advantage, you’ll find a variety of plank and tile sizes and styles that look and feel just like natural wood, stone or ceramic tile, which can be installed with or without adhesive.
We offer smooth and hand-scraped wood textures in wide or thin planks, so you can make a statement with your new laminate floors!
For more information about the many styles and brands we carry, such as Shaw Floors, visit our Urbana showroom today and chat with a Carpet Advantage flooring expert. With a wide, exclusive range of quality and affordable flooring options, we’re proud to serve Urbana and the greater Champaign region here in the heart of Illinois.
Some of the brands we love
We offer flooring solutions from all of these trusted names!