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What you need to know about laminate floors

We hear a lot of the same questions over and over again about laminate floors in our showroom, so let’s address the misconceptions.

In Colorado, the family-owned [[cms:companyname] has been in business since 1998, but that's only part of the story. The entire company is now in its third generation, and the first Schmidt Custom Floors began, and is still in operation, in 1968 in Wisconsin.

We are grounded in high standards of ethics, quality, and craftsmanship.

We carry a well-stocked inventory of flooring and provide services such as installation and dust-free sanding.

Laminate flooring is one of the most affordable, versatile products on the market. It’s stylish, but also durable, long-lasting and highly functional.

Visit our showroom in Loveland, CO and ask about our estimate. We also service Fort Collins, Windsor, Boulder, Estes Park.

It’s economical, but will it look shoddy?

No, technology has made it come a long way since these floors were introduced in the 1970s. The images are created with 3-D photography so, whether you're going for a wood, tile or stone look, be prepared to see every knot, graining, swirl, veining, and vibrant color. Embossing adds depth and dimension with a choice of matte or gloss finishes.

Why shouldn’t I use wax on the laminate flooring?

Although wax makes hardwood shine, it does the EXACT opposite here. It makes them cloudy and dull and attracts dirt.

For deeper cleaning, use a manufacturer-approved one.

How is laminate flooring stain-resistant?

It consists of several layers all fused. The top sheet is clear plastic, coated with aluminum oxide, an ultra-strong substance. It protects the floors from spills and stains. Even crayons and markers won’t faze it.

Other questions:

  • Why do they tell me not to add another underlayer if it already comes with one pre-attached? Isn’t more cushioning better? No, it isn’t. It will only make the floor uneven and unstable. If noise reduction and a moisture barrier are issues, select one without the pre-attached underlayment and then choose something different.

  • Is water an issue? No...and yes. While laminate is highly water-resistant, it's not completely waterproof. It's also created from wood byproducts, and wood can be damaged by water. However, when installed correctly, with the boards very closely together, it will be almost completely waterproof.