Mannington Flooring Near Me . Laying down flooring can either be a do it yourself type of job or one where you bring in the professionals, depending on how difficult the type of flooring that you are planning to get is to lay and how much time you have on your hands. Actually, the most important thing to do when thinking about how to lay your flooring is to estimate the cost that your new floor is going to end up being and whether or not having a professional come in to do it for you is even worth the amount of money that you may be spending on their expertise.
There are many different types of flooring to be found ranging from wood to vinyl and, within these two limited categories, there are plenty of types to choose from for each. You can find cork tile which is both laminate and wood looking though it looks choppy when paired with the wrong types of furniture. Lisbon cork is very similar to cork tile but it is more like a hardwood floor than it is a vinyl tile.
If you’re looking for a company in or near the Phoenix area who will lay your floors then you’re in luck as there are many well known,experienced, and professional companies that are close by. While a quick glance in a phone book will allow you to find more, some of the most notable are those of Kronotex, Mannington, and Mohawk floor company.
While it can be a fun and engaging do it yourself project, laying down a new floor can be time consuming and difficult depending on the type of floor and how many people you have helping you lay it down. It can be a fun family activity that you can do on the weekends as a way to involve the household in remodeling the house that you live in. However, laying down new floors really can be hard and sometimes you just need to throw in the towel or you can take one look at it and decide that doing that yourself just isn’t for you. Thankfully, there are plenty of companies that will help you out in this case.
I can’t deny that wood floors are lovely to look at, warm and inviting, but the same effect can be obtained with laminate wood for a lot less money and headaches! And in many cases laminate wood may be the better choice. Not only does it look like “wood”, under most situations it will out-perform real hardwoods…
Since the very beginning of laminate wood floors, improvements have been a constant endeavor with manufacturers, like Alloc, Mannington and Dupont, to make this flooring material a “perfect” product. The “wear” (top) layer is made of aluminum oxide, a shield about as strong as steel and penetrating it is near impossible.
With hardwood flooring not much has changed since the 70s to improve it’s tolerance of normal living conditions. Other than developing a new type of finish to give it more protection, there’s not much that can be done to change its profile. It is what it is, a lovely, natural product…
But lets be honest, there are some areas where any kind of wood flooring products is not the best choice. There are risk involved if you use wood in a kitchen or bathroom. If the flooring is porous, like hardwoods, it is a fort for harboring bacteria and germs.
Waterproof or Not?
When I hear the word “waterproof” I think “unaffected by moisture”, don’t you? Well that’s not the case with either hardwoods or laminate wood. Flooring manufacturers marketing their wood flooring materials as “waterproof” is a selling point, and why not they are in the business to “sell”, but the truth is wood and water/moisture do not mix.
The thing with hardwoods or laminate wood is neither one is totally waterproof… Too much exposure to moisture and hardwoods will expand, and as it dries it contracts. This type of action will cause all sorts of issues with finished hardwood floors.
Laminate wood tolerates moisture much better than hardwoods. The HPL (high-pressure laminate) is constructed with sealed waxed edges, this is in addition to the Aluminum Oxide surface coating, that increases water resistance. But if exposed too long to moisture/water it will buckle.
But between the two, laminate wood tolerates moisture and bacteria far better than hardwoods.
The Affect From Impacts
As hard and durable as hardwoods is, they are easily dinged from impacts! Hard to believe, but true! Drop a sharp edged object or heavy pan on the hardwood floor and it will leave a mark..
Do the same thing with laminate wood and it won’t faze the flooring at all… The Aluminum Oxide surface coating on laminate can be compared to steel. Hard as a rock!
Scratching The Wood
Hardwood floors scratch very easily. You have to be very careful when moving furniture, or anything of considerable weight or with a rough bottom, not to drag it but to lift it, unless you have floor guards on the bottom of whatever object you want to move. Outside grit will scratch the wood, too, so it is very important to keep it swept up and use entry way area rugs to prevent bringing outside grit inside.
Laminate wood will scratch, but not so easily, and as with hardwood floors, putting rugs in front of outside entry ways is a smart way to protect your flooring. My laminate wood kitchen floor is 7 years old and there is not one scratch on it. Once again the surface finish is what provides such good protection.
Hardwoods are porous and may absorb a stain like an ink blotter if not cleaned up quickly, even with a good finish on the wood you have to be very careful not to let something like wine or blueberries just sit, they need to be wiped up quickly to prevent staining.
Laminate wood is not porous but will stain, too, but the stains can usually be removed with a small amount of acetone or denatured alcohol and a clean, preferable white, cloth. When staining occurs on this type of flooring it is the protective surface finish that is stained
Hardwood floors are easy enough to sweep or dust and so is mopping, but it requires cleaning products made for hardwood floors. Eventually, hardwood floors will need refinishing or even sanding and refinishing, but can be sanded may times over. Maintenance can be fairly costly if the floor needs a new finish. If it is necessary to replace any of the flooring it can be done board by board without replacing the whole floor..
Laminate wood floors don’t require much in the care and maintenance department. Just sweep often and light mop when needed. No special products are necessary. Swiffer products are perfect for laminate floors. Another thing with laminate wood is you can replace single planks without replacing the whole floor.
Dixie Diane is the owner of [http://www.flooringspecialty.com] and there writes expert, comprehensive flooring information, advice, ideas, comparisons and tips on the selection, installation and maintenance of flooring materials for the home, garage and patio.
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