What to know about laminate flooring

Laminate flooring is a terrific alternative to natural materials, such as wood, tile, or stone. It checks all the boxes of style, affordability, and durability. We'll explain why it may be the choice for you.

Archer Home Center is a family-owned company that has been operating in the Adel, IA area since 1976. We offer a full inventory of flooring products, as well as appliances, countertops, cabinets, electronics, and more, all at competitive prices. We have a big product line so if you're looking for laminate in Adel, IA --or any of our other products-- feel free to visit or call us!

First things first: What is laminate?

This is a layered product. Starting at the bottom is the underlayment, which provides stability, support, and acts as a noise barrier. While many products do come with pre-attached cushions, some do not, so ask your flooring pro about this. Next is the core, central to the structure. Then comes the image layer, taken with 3D technology. At the very top is the clear wear layer, coated with aluminum oxide, that protects the floor from scratches and scuffs.

Laminate can be cut into planks to give the appearance of hardwood boards or tile-sized pieces. Planks range in width from very narrow, less than five inches, to seven inches. Overall thickness ranges from seven to 12 mil which may or may not include the core and cushioning. Ask your flooring pro for more information.

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Fashionable affordability in flooring

This is available in an endless variety of colors, patterns, and designs. It has an amazingly realistic appearance with knots, raised grains, and veinings. Colors are bold and vibrant. Embossing gives depth, a dimension with textured looks: wire-brushed, hand scraped, weathered, and distressed. Various finishes are available in matte, gloss or high-gloss.

It is appropriate for use in any room, including living rooms, foyers, or basements. It is highly water-resistant, but not completely waterproof. It's also easy to clean. Install is fast and uncomplicated.

Visit the Archer Home Center showroom in Adel, IA to learn more about laminate or our other products. We serve Adel, Clive, Waukee, West Des Moines, Urbandale, Johnston, Ankeny, Altoona, Perry, Winterset, and Panora. Ask us about our estimates and discounts.