Laminate Wood Flooring & Installation: Austin, TX
Laminate Flooring ~ Superior performance at a budget priceExperience the timeless beauty of real hardwood floors at a lower, discount cost. Our laminate faux wood flooring will resist years of wear & tear from children and pets, plus it's easy to clean, quick to install and looks just like natural wood.
Homeowners, builders, even remodeling do-it-your-selfers are discovering the many benefits of laminate flooring. Castle Floors sells and installs quality, brand name wood laminate flooring such as Pergo, Wilsonart and Witex. We also offer free design consultation. Call for an appointment, or visit our Austin store outlet.
The perfect alternative to real hardwood flooring, laminate floors have been installed in homes for over 25+ years. Most laminate floors are currently imported, though several brands are manufactured in the U.S.
Laminate wood floors exhibit excellent performance and even resemble real hardwood floor installations, though they're not wood. The cross-section diagrams at left illustrate the differences between laminates and real wood.
Laminate floors offer the homeowner many benefits, including:
Laminate Flooring InstallationLaminate floors are intended to be floated over many types of subfloors; they're never actually attached to any substrate directly. That is, the floor lays right on top of the subfloor, which can be concrete, wood, or an even existing floor. This allows for the laminate floor to contract and expand freely as the environment of the room changes. Laminate flooring comes in squares and planks of different shapes and sizes. Each plank has tongue & groove edges for connecting the planks together.
The "floating floor" install means that the laminate flooring is not anchored to a subfloor. A polyurethane underlayment is laid before the new laminate flooring is installed. Some underlayments offer additional benefits such as reducing noise vibrations, or acting as a moisture barrier. Tongue and grooved edges of laminate floors are sealed to prevent moisture from damaging the inner core structure.
General Care TipsVacuum and sweep your floors regularly in order to remove any debris or dirt accumulation. An occasional damp mopping will help too, though always follow the flooring manufacturer's suggested care instructions.
Laminate floors can give you years of reliable performance if you follow regular maintenance procedures. Even though they're extremely durable, laminates can be scratched. It's important you protect your flooring from grit, or other sharp objects.
To prevent scuffing, use felt padding, or wide casters under chairs and furniture legs. Be careful when sliding a heavy object across the floor too. Vacuum regularly with a soft brush attachment, but do not wax or polish a laminate floor.
Never attempt to sand or refinish laminate floors and don't use steel wools or chemically abrasive cleaners. For additional care and maintenance, be sure to refer to your laminate flooring manufacturer's specific instructions and recommendations.