Construction Laminate flooring has four layers: a wear layer, a design layer, an inner core layer and a backing layer.
Wear layer – clear top layer that protects the floor from stains and fading
Design layer – a photographic image of wood, stone, brick or ceramic
Inner core – plastic resin that keeps the laminate stable and flat
Backing – creates a moisture barrier that protects the floor from warping This layered construction makes laminate floors remarkably durable.
Embossing in Register (EIR) Embossing in register is a manufacturing technique we use to create a grain consistent with the photographic image on the laminate board. Benefits of EIR • Intensifies depth, texture and natural look of the floor • Accentuates the design; especially when light is reflected off the surface • Allows for micro-grout lines and precise detailing
Look It’s all there: the subtle color variations, the distinctive grain, the authentic texture. Laminate flooring captures the beauty and design of the finest natural hardwood, ceramic, and stone at a fraction of the price.
Color Available in an exciting palette of colors, you are guaranteed to find a laminate floor in the color you’re looking for.
Width Laminate flooring comes in a wide variety of sizes, depending on the look you choose. Most wood look planks are 4 inches or wider while ceramic tile looks range between 12 and 15 inches. Keep in mind that the width of individual boards can have a dramatic influence on the look of a floor. Wide widths can complement a large room, but can sometimes overwhelm a small area. Select the look that harmonizes with the style and architecture of your home.
Gloss Do you prefer a fine finish (high gloss) or matte (low-gloss) look? Choose whatever look fits your décor or personal taste best. Either way, the gloss level of laminate flooring has very little effect on durability or performance. Low-gloss floors may hide the appearance of minor surface scratches slightly better than higher gloss floors.
Room There are absolutely no restrictions to where laminate can be installed. From basements and bathrooms to dens and kitchens, laminate flooring works superbly in any area of your home. Whatever room(s) you choose, you can feel confident about Armstrong laminate performance. It will retain its beauty even in high-traffic areas and through normal changes in temperature, light and humidity levels.
Kids, Pets and DurabilityIts multilayer construction makes Armstrong Laminate unsurpassed for wear and stain resistance, able to handle the heavy traffic of active children and pets. Armstrong laminate is available in a range of performance levels, including some that are rated for commercial use.