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Why you'll change your mind about laminate and vinyl floors

Today's laminate flooring and vinyl surfaces are stylish and realistic; we're seeing them in every room in the house. Many of those houses are also high end where, up until recently, those residents wouldn't have remotely considered anything but authentic wood, stone, or tile. Vinyl flooring is completely waterproof, while laminate flooring can be waterproof or highly water-resistant. Both are durable, easy to care for, and have an uncomplicated installation.

All about laminate

Technological advances have created beveling, embossing, grooves, and textured appearances, making it superior in design and functionality. While it can be made to look like stone or tile, many see the wood look laminate as a terrific alternative to hardwood. It's so realistic that many, including the flooring experts, often can't tell the difference between that and authentic wood.

This is a layered product with the top sheet being clear and aluminum oxide coated, making it strong, resistant to stains and scratches, and even helping to keep spills at the top, so they wipe off easily. The wear layer makes it impossible to "walk-off" the image. The most stable and water-resistant core is HDF (high-density fiberboard). For an authentic look and feel of hardwood, select a 12-mm thickness.