Look very close at any laminate flooring presented to you by Brandi Carpet and Flooring and it looks like real wood, natural stone tile, even marble tile. Laminate flooring today even has the exact textures of stone, wood, metal, ceramic tile, or leather!  This is achieved because laminate flooring has a surface layer of two thin sheets of material impregnated with melamine. This top most layer has a high resolution image of wood grain, natural stone, or whatever the flooring is duplicating. Then this is covered by a hard transparent layer, or wear layer, making laminate highly resistant to scratches and marring. Laminate flooring is a hybrid of sorts. It looks exactly like hardwood or stone but, it’s not. These new laminates actually have the look and textured feel of natural flooring materials. This textured look adds dimension and quality to the floor. Laminate floors are available in a wide variety of designs, patterns, colors and textures, yet they all consist of four main components that are bonded, or fused together forming the final finished flooring product. Please view our Specials Page to see a sample selection of our Laminate Products we have available. Don’t see what you have in mind? Then please call us, since 1971 Brandi Carpet has been providing flooring solutions for both the Homeowner and Commercial Business Owner, we will be pleased to provide you with just the right flooring for your home or office. To better help with your flooring decisions we have listed below the basic process of laminate manufacturing.

Laminate Flooring Construction:

Laminate flooring is comprised of 4 basic layers. The Balancing Layer, sometimes called, The Backing or Bottom Layer. Its function is to resist moisture ( protection against moisture is necessary for all flooring materials ) and stabilize the floor planking. The next layer is The Core Layer. The Core Layer is comprised of a high density fiberboard or particle board that has been saturated in melamine plastic resin to make the core strong, stable and again, water resistant. Next is The Pattern Layer. The Pattern layer is a thin material that has been printed with a specific high resolution image of wood grain, natural stone or whatever finish is desired. This combined with extremely high pressure presses for texture is what makes the laminate look and feel like a natural surface. Last we have The Wear Layer. This layer is a clear resin, that provides protection to the laminate flooring surface from scratching, gouges, marring, stains and moisture penetration. This layer is extremely durable and provides that laminate flooring is a high quality flooring choice for both residential and commercial businesses. These are the four components of every laminate flooring material produced.

There are a number of advantages to Laminate as New Flooring.  These include, but are not limited to:

•    It can be considered a “green” solution to flooring installations as it typically takes the place of hardwood, which mitigates the destruction of forests for flooring purposes.
•    It has a variety of textures including smooth, textured and hand scraped.
•    More hygienic than carpets and rugs, as it is resistant to the growth of mold and bacteria.

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•    Conveniently packaged – – unlike hardwood planks that can be 8 – 10 foot long.
•    Easy to maintain and clean.
•    Immediate Acclimation.  Unlike hardwood, which needs to be in an environment for three to six days so that it can acclimate to temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure,

Laminate As New Flooring can be installed almost immediately.

•    Repairing laminate flooring is usually an easy process by removing the affected planks and installing new without having to worry about dye lot differences.
“Though extremely versatile when it comes to where it can be installed,” Brown explained, “if there is a challenge where sub-flooring is concerned for LAMINATE AS NEW FLOORING  it would on concrete.”
Challenges you incur when installing LAMINATE AS NEW FLOORING over concrete includes, but are not limited to:

•    Moisture – Be sure to use a plastic vapor barrier or a multi layered underlayment.
•    Unevenness – Be sure to level the floor by using a floor buffer fitted with a concrete scraper and then cover the floor with a floor-leveling compound.
•    Uncomfortable Traits- Concrete is both cold and hard, and laminate in itself will not correct either of these problems.  However, install a foam underlay and you will not only “cushion” the floor but also add an extra layer of insulation as well.

As you can see, LAMINATE AS NEW FLOORING is something you may very well want to give serious thought to the next time you buy new Flooring in Phoenix.  To learn more about this issue you will want to contact Chris Brown of BRANDI CARPET at 602-475-0931 or and he and his staff will provide you with all the pertinent information you will need regarding this issue!!

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