Laminate flooring can look like hardwood, and Armstrong seems to make the best quality “hardwood-esque” floor planks. Aim to get a plank that is at least 8mm in thickness for that “genuine” hardwood look.
If scratch resistance & durability is your ultimate goal with getting a laminate floor that looks like wood, consider Shaw Flooring’s Luminiere Collection. In addition to being durable, Shaw products have what’s called “Loc’n’Place” technology, making installation a breeze.
Jatoba – or Brazilian cherry – wood is rare and expensive, and needless to say, its installation will leave a huge carbon footprint on the environment. However, there are quite a few options available from both Shaw and Armstrong that can mimic the Brazilian cherry look without compromising the planet…or your wallet!
Many “wood-like” laminate floors today even go so far as to have a wood grain built into it!
Another good thing about laminate flooring is that it can go over any subfloor – no special installation needed. Of course, it’s always wise to make sure that the subfloor is in good shape, free from cracks & moisture…this, of course, needs to be done by a professional.
When installing your floor, make sure that it comes with a warranty. In the case of commercial flooring, you’ll need at least a 15 year warranty. In the case of residential flooring, you can most likely get a lifetime warranty. Of course, there are limitations to every warranty, so be sure to read the fine print before committing to any laminate floor.
Check out our full selection of laminate flooring options here! Or stop by our showroom during regular business hours to get some more ideas!