Laminate & Vinyl

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Laminate Flooring

Types & Textures

Types of Laminate Floors

Laminate flooring is sold in thicknesses from 6 to 12mm and is measured from the base to the top of the board, not including the underlayment. The thickness of the laminate determines how much more impact-resistant and quieter the floor is when walked on. A greater thickness is also an advantage when dealing with a subfloor that may have imperfections, since thicker flooring will install more easily.

Many laminate floor types mimic the look and texture of real hardwood. Other styles that look stone and ceramic and porcelain tile are available in a variety of finishes.

Laminate wood flooring is pressed composite wood overlaid with an image of various types of wood based to create a unique, yet familiar visual effect. This makes it a very cost-effective alternative to real hardwood.

Laminate floor planks and laminate floor tiles give the look of stone or ceramic tiles. Laminate flooring that looks like tile is commonly used in residential spaces because it provides the same style at a reduced overall cost.

Types Of Laminated Flooring Textures

When it comes to the types of laminate floors, there are several factors that need to be examined in order to help you choose the right flooring for your home. 

For example, laminate flooring comes in a variety of different textures which can affect the durability and appearance of your flooring. Perhaps you prefer a smooth surface type, if so, there is a wide range of laminate flooring on the market that offers a smooth texture and bright sheen. If a smooth texture is not your thing, you can choose a more rugged laminate flooring that is textured for added aesthetic appeal. 

Some of the different textures that laminate flooring may be found in include:

  • Smooth or satin. This is the typical soft laminate flooring aesthetic that lacks deep grains and has a smooth feel underfoot. 
  • Distressed or hand-scraped. Laminate flooring with this texture mimics the look of real wood and has some natural-looking deep grains and wood markings. 
  • Brushed. Laminate flooring with this texture has softer markings than those found on distressed laminate flooring but still offers the same vintage feel. 
  • High-gloss. The high-gloss laminate texture offers a sleek, modern vibe to any interior and is ideal for clean, minimal aesthetics. 

Vinyl Flooring

Types & Textures

Vinyl Flooring

Before researching the best types of vinyl flooring for your home, you may be curious about the benefits of it over other options.

Vinyl flooring is highly durable and can hold up to extensive foot traffic. It does well in rooms that see a lot of activity. It is also moisture resistant. This allows it to be a great choice for the kitchen and bathroom which can often suffer water damage.

Your new vinyl flooring can be installed with only minor prep work and the entire process can be done quickly and easily. One of the best features of today’s choices in vinyl is the ability to match the look and style of more costly flooring types. You can have the look of hardwood floors or stone and marble at the fraction of the cost.

So what are the vinyl flooring types to choose from?

Different Textures of Vinyl Flooring

Texture does two things for your luxury vinyl flooring. First, it provides a stunning visual option that works well with various décor options. Second, it can help alleviate the worry of some scratches and scuffs, leaving your floors looking better for longer. Here are a few of the texture types you can expect in this floor covering. If you still have questions about any of them, be sure to visit us to find out more.
  • Wire brushed
  • Specific species graining
  • Hand-scraped
  • Natural stone (includes both smooth and rough textures)
  • Matte finish
  • High gloss

If you are interested in other textures that might be available or have a question about a particular option, be sure to visit us. Our associates will work to find your perfect match, no matter how large the project.

Vinyl Flooring Types

The first step in your flooring project will be to choose the type of vinyl that you’ll use in your project, which can be a difficult decision owing to the variety. Vinyl flooring, typically, comes in three distinct styles: sheet, tiles and planks. All three of these types of vinyl flooring have their distinctive benefits, making it a good idea to examine them a little more closely to help you make your decision.
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Vinyl Plank

Vinyl planks are designed to mimic hardwood floors. There are varieties made to cover almost all wood grains, textures, and colors.

While having the appeal and design of wood, their function is much greater. Wood flooring is not water-resistant, whereas these vinyl planks are. They are more stain-resistant as well than traditional wood and easier to maintain.

Vinyl Tiles

Vinyl Tile

Vinyl tiles are made to resemble stone tiles. They come in a host of colors and sizes and can be arranged in a variety of patterns. The design possibilities are endless.

Grout can even be added in between the tiles to further enhance the look of stone or ceramic tiles.

This type of flooring is good for small areas as the tiles are easier to handle and can easily be cut to fit in tight spaces. It is also easier to replace a damaged section with a new single tile.

Vinyl Sheet

Vinyl Sheet

As the name suggests, the vinyl sheeting is a roll of flooring up to 12′ wide. This type of flooring is good for large areas and there are also fewer seams to align.

It is affordable, while also being very durable, and can be laid down over existing flooring such as wood, tile, or even previous vinyl.

Inlaid vinyl is a highly popular style for high traffic areas and is made by embedding the color granules directly into the top layer of the vinyl. This creates a more durable look that resists scratches and marks.

Even though today’s vinyl flooring is designed to look beautiful for a longer period of time, there are still steps to take to keep it protected and shiny for years to come.

Vinyl Floors Styles

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