While wide plank flooring is still less common, and laminate flooring is more practical for certain projects, it is important to understand the various styles available, what benefits they can bring to the floor, and the quality characteristics you should be looking for.
What To Look For
Since it was first introduced to the market in the early 1990s, laminate flooring has seen a steady growth in popularity owing to its affordability and its use in both residential and commercial spaces. There are, however, certain quality characteristics that can set some laminate floors apart from others in terms of appearance and durability.
The most authentic replication of a real wood floor can be achieved with wider widths and longer lengths. Wide plank laminate flooring from the Largo Collection, for example, is all 7 ¼ “ wide by 60” long. The “repeat frequency” of the design is also important to pay attention to. Wide plank laminate flooring is made up of repeating images of varying wood patterns, but if the same pattern appears to frequently it takes away from the overall appearance of the floor. This is why Carlisle manufacturers designs with a repeat frequency of every 60 boards, as opposed to the average 3-6 boards, creating a more appealing and authentic look.
Because laminate flooring is manufactured using glue to stick multiple layers together, you should also do some research to ensure the healthy quality of your home’s air is not affected.
Wide plank laminate flooring can be installed in pretty much any room on any level in your home or business. 651 Carpets line of plank laminate also consists of interlocking pieces, so you can expand and contrast your boards when you want or need to, made easier by the Torlys & Uniclicr joint, which resists gapping.
Laminate is naturally resistant to mold and bacteria, and CCR Barry’s laminate complies with CARB2 standards, European Healthy Home E1 requirements, and California Section 01350 indoor air quality standards. They are also made with melamine resin and aluminum oxide, making them incredibly wear resistant. Carlisle also stands behind its laminate floors with a 35-year warranty, and since we specialize in floating floor technology, if you move, you take your floor with you, guaranteed.
So if you prefer wider boards, longer lengths, and a true wood floor feel and look at the most affordable price, wide plank laminate flooring is definitely the right choice for you.