Homeowners in Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and the Lowcountry face many questions when installing new floors in their homes. Those looking to meet a certain budget while maintaining a specific style may find laminate flooring to be their perfect flooring option. Our experts at Floor Coverings International of Charleston offer their top three things to know before you install laminate flooring in your home.

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  1. Laminate flooring has four layers. Starting at the top, the wear layer protects the floor from daily wear and tear. Next, the photographic image layer gives the laminate floor its own personality. Popular looks include wood, tile, and stone. Advancements in printing technology even make it easy and accessible to replicate historic floor surfaces. Underneath, the inner core layer is commonly a plastic resin that keeps the floor flat. And finally, the backing layer keeps the floor from warping and is the last line of defense against water damage.
  1. Laminate flooring’s wear layer is made of melamine plastic which makes it incredibly durable. The surface is resistant to scratches, stains, and fading from sunlight.The backing layer can withstand up to 1,200 pounds of pressure per square inch.  Most manufacturers also guarantee their laminate flooring products with warranties that range from 15 to 30 years.
  1. Laminate flooring’s cost can be a major selling factor. If you want the look of wood, stone, or tile, but don’t have the budget for the real thing, laminate flooring can save you roughly half the money you would spend otherwise. Also, installation is much less expensive and won’t take as long, with a tongue-in-groove system that makes snapping into place a breeze.


Our experts at Floor Coverings International of Charleston are available to give you a free in-home laminate flooring estimate. Our mobile showrooms are ready and waiting to swing by your neighborhood. We proudly serve the Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and the Lowcountry areas.


Photo courtesy: Paul Tessier