Laminate flooring experts in Redding – If you are looking for laminate flooring in Shasta County California, F.T. of Redding/Carpet One is your first stop.
Laminate Flooring in Shasta County
Laminate flooring is a relatively new approach to flooring which has taken the world of floor surface covering by storm. Versatile, easy to maintain, and reasonably priced, laminate flooring gets better each and every year every year.
The Benefits of Laminate Flooring
Convenient: Natural hardwood flooring comes in planks that are 8 or 10 feet in length, and sometimes even longer. By contrast laminate planks that simulate hardwood are sold in convenient 4 foot strips. They are also available in tile form in varying sizes.
Versatility: Today laminate flooring can simulate the look of dozens of different natural hardwood materials. The printing process can also reproduce the appearance of a variety of natural stone, and ceramic flooring materials. With EIR embossed in register texturing they are even able to somewhat reproduce the surface texture of these natural materials. Laminate flooring is one of the quickest growing options in flooring today.
Cleaning: The wear layer of a laminate floor protects the material from stains and some spills making cleaning and maintenance relatively easy. Typically the only regular requirement is sweeping or vacuuming of the floor to remove grit and dirt which can slowly erode the floors wear layer over time.
Installation: The installation of a laminate click together floor is far less cumbersome than real stone or wood. New innovations in the manufacture of this material have made it so that some do not even an adhesive. An entire room can usually be finished in just a day or two.
Goes Anywhere: With the exception of carpet, laminate flooring can be installed over almost any existing floor in the home. As long as a moisture barrier is in place and water prevention measures are taken it can also be installed at any grade. This removes the hassle and expense of having to remove old flooring installations before installing new laminate materials.
The Elements: Laminate flooring is resistant to many of the outdoor agents that can discolor other flooring materials. The wear layer protects it from stains and smudges due to dirt and mud making it a great material for hallways and entryways. It also resists fading from UV light exposure making it popular in sun rooms.
Health: Laminate flooring is naturally resistant to the growth of mold and bacteria. It can also be treated with special allergen resistant and anti-bacterial coatings to make them even safer. Also, unlike a certain “liquidator of lumber” our laminate is safe.
Expansion: The nature of the installation process means that the flooring material is not adhered directly to the subfloor. Rather all of the pieces of the floor are interlocked, or adhered one to another. That means that the material can expand, or contract, due to changes in pressure and temperature, without buckling and snapping against the subfloor.
Acclimation: Hardwood needs to sit in an environment for 3-6 weeks so that it can acclimate to the temperature and pressure of the area. Laminates can be installed in as little as 36 hours.
Laminate Ratings: Laminate floors are rated for use and durability by a third party. As a general rule of thumb, the higher the AC Rating, the higher the price. With this in mind, don’t overpay and don’t underpay. Be sure to pick a floor with the AC rating that best suits your needs. Consult with the laminate flooring experts in Shasta County; F.T. of Redding/Carpet One for the rating that best suites your needs.
- AC1 Moderate Residential. Built to withstand only light residential use. Suitable for closets or bedrooms.
- AC2 General Residential. Built for moderate foot traffic. Suitable in residential spaces that don’t see a tremendous amount of wear and tear like dining rooms or living rooms.
- AC3 Heavy Residential/Moderate Commercial. Built for all kinds of residential use including high–traffic rooms and even commercial spaces that have light traffic like offices without off-street traffic and hotel rooms.
- AC4 General Commercial. Built to withstand every kind of residential use as well as more heavily trafficked commercial spaces that have “off the street traffic” like offices, cafes, restaurants, and boutiques.
- AC5 Heavy Commercial. Built for the busiest commercial uses and high–traffic spaces like department stores and government buildings. Again, it’s best to consult with the Shasta laminate flooring experts at F.T. of Redding/Carpet One.
Our fully-stocked warehouse, quality products, great prices, and efficient workforce makes us the best choice for your carpet and flooring project, for any residential/commercial application in northern California.
Residential Laminate Flooring in Shasta County
Laminate Pros and Cons
One of the most sought-after amenities in a home is wood flooring. With its natural appearance and warmth underfoot, wood is always a beautiful and timeless choice.
Original hardwood floors are among the benefits of many older traditional homes. Newer homes that have a lower price point but that still desire the natural look of wood often use laminate to win over home buyers and homeowners.
No matter your preference, there are pros and cons when it comes to hardwood versus laminate wood flooring.
Obviously, price is a big consideration. But so is durability and the ability to make repairs as the floor ages.
Pricing – It should come as no surprise that wood flooring is more expensive than laminate. While exotic hardwoods have become rarer, advances in laminate have resulted in more options at lower pricing.
Pro – Laminate wins here. Not only are material costs lower, the installation costs are lower as well.
Con – Wood. Again, many harvested wood products are now considered “exotics”. In general, hardwood floors have much higher purchase and installation costs than laminate.
Durability – Make no mistake. Hardwood is the real deal. But in an active home with kid, pets, even sunshine, and you’ll see laminate edges out wood.
Pro – Laminate resists scratches, moisture, and general wear and tear better than wood. It’s also generally easier to clean.
Con – Although wood adds considerable value to your home, it is more easily scratched, prone to excessive moisture damage, and can show wear and tear in highly trafficked areas.
Repairs – Flooring is the one component of your home that will have to be repaired or replaced at some point in time. From minor accidents to excessive wear and tear, to sunlight (it doesn’t just affect carpets) both laminate and hardwood have advantages and disadvantages, but in general, the edge goes to wood.
Pro – Hardwood can be repaired by sanding out the imperfections and refinishing the floor. This gives it the edge over laminate. Yes. laminate planks can be replaced, but you may not always have a perfect match.
Con – When exposed to direct sunlight, wood is more likely to have fade issues when compared to laminate, which has UV protection.
The one thing that they both have in common is that your home can benefit from the look of wood flooring, and ultimately, it’s up to you whether you use wood or laminate.
If you have questions, talk to the experts in residential laminate flooring in Redding at F.T. of Redding. We know flooring.
With the enormous buying power of over 1,000 stores worldwide, we also have partners in all of the major brands, mills and manufacturers. We’ve done the research for you. Just tell us your needs, and we’ll satisfy them beyond your expectations. In the Redding area look to us for one of the largest selections of carpet, hardwood, laminate, ceramic tile, vinyl, area rugs and more — and you’ll always find the best products and great savings, each and every day.