Wood-look and tile look laminate is practical

Laminate flooring has many fans because it's a practical flooring that realistically mimics materials that are not appropriate for all applications. Wood-look planks can be installed in a basement while lightweight natural stone look tiles can easily be installed in a second-story space. McLean Floorcoverings can help you find the best laminate for your home. We have a showroom in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, where you can find laminate flooring from high-quality manufacturers like Estrie and Armstrong.

Composition and AC rating

Laminate is composed of four layers that are bonded together. This construction, which features backing, fiberboard core, design, and wear layers, produces a durable flooring that is scratch and stain-resistant. The durability of a product is judged by its abrasion coefficient rating. An AC3 Heavy Residential rating means the flooring is appropriate for all residential applications. Laminate flooring can stand up to active households, including those with pets. Standard laminate can tolerate some moisture but the damage may occur if water pools on the surface.

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Some laminate is designed to repel water. However, the manufacturer's instructions should be read closely before purchase. Waterproof laminate can't be covered in water for extended periods. Usually, planks and tiles can be wet for about one day, and after that time, the floor can be damaged. As a rule of thumb, water on standard laminate should be cleaned up as soon as possible while water on waterproof laminate should be wiped up in a reasonable amount of time. This upgraded laminate is more costly than standard laminate.


It is easier to install laminate than the natural materials it imitates. Planks or tiles click and lock together so the floor does not need to be attached to the subfloor. Instead, it floats over the subfloor. This floor covering can also be laid on top of some existing floors. Underlayment is placed under laminate wood flooring as well as tile flooring before it is installed. It can be attached to the planks and tiles or installed separately. A moisture barrier can be used too.

McLean Floorcoverings serves residents of Wilkesboro, Boone, Hickory, Lenoir, Mooresville, Morganton, Mount Airy, Statesville, and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. We have been bringing flooring and excellent customer service to the area since 1990. Estimates are free, installation is guaranteed, and warranty service is complete. Convenient in-home consultations are available too. You can get started with your laminate project by returning our online form or visiting our showroom in Wilkesboro.