How it’s Made
National Design Mart’s gorgeous laminate flooring mimics the look and texture of real hardwood, without the hassle and high cost.
Laminate boards are made from three layers of material. An image of wood or stone is printed onto a thin layer of fiberboard, then sealed with a transparent layer. It’s this transparent layer that has earned laminate its reputation for durability.
There was a time when laminate flooring was reserved for only the tightest of budgets. In the past, photo printing technology was not advanced enough to produce high-quality images to mimic the look of wood or stone.
Today, technology has given us the ability to provide beautiful, quality laminate, while still providing a low-cost alternative to hardwood and stone. As long as you shop for good quality laminate from a reputable source like National Design Mart, you’re guaranteed to love the results.
Laminate Flooring Types & Finishes
Laminate flooring looks like and mimics the texture of real hardwood, stone and tile, and is available in a variety of finishes.
Finishes: Embossed, Glossy, High-gloss, Hardwood
Wood Grain Finish
Wood Grain Finish
Wood Grain Finish
Wood Grain Finish
Wood Grain Finish
Exotic Wood Look
Laminate Flooring vs. Hardwood
“Should I choose hardwood floors or laminate?” is one of the most common questions customers ask our expert designers. The answer depends on your project. Both flooring options can be an excellent choice, and you know you’ll be getting the best at National Design Mart. The key to your decision is in your intended application. Hardwood flooring is made of 100% wood. This makes it more expensive than laminate, and much more difficult to install. Laminate flooring installation is DIY-friendly, while hardwood installation requires professional aid. If not pre-finished, hardwood will also require sanding and finishing—also usually by professionals—after the installation. A hardwood purchase is typically considered an investment, since the higher-cost material can last a lifetime, but requires regular upkeep and refinishing. High-quality laminate will last a long time, but refinishing is not an option. Laminate is a great flooring option for pets and kids, since its wear-layer is super resistant to claw scratches, spills, and accidents. For this reason, laminate is also recommended for high traffic areas. Hardwood can also be highly scratch resistant, but it varies greatly from species to species. With woodgrain laminate flooring, every “species” color choice will be equally sturdy.
- Man-made photo printed on fiberboard
- Lower cost
- DIY installation
- Long-lasting, with eventual replacement
- Pet- and kid-friendly
- Natural wood material
- Higher cost
- Requires professional installation
- Can last a lifetime with regular refinishing
- Some species are easily scratched
High Traffic? No Problem.
With laminate floors from National Design Mart, you won’t have to worry if the pasta doesn’t make it to the table, or if the kids forget to take off their muddy cleats. Laminate flooring cleaning takes one wipe with a damp cloth, and your floor is back to looking like new.
Not only is our high-quality laminate easy to clean, but it is also highly scratch resistant. This durability makes it a great floor for people who have pets. Our laminate’s eight millimeter wear layer protects it from pet nails and other scratch threats.
Installation is a Snap
Ease of installation is one of the most-loved qualities of high quality laminate flooring. Compared to other popular flooring options, like hardwood, stone, and tile, laminate is DIY-friendly and stress-free.
To connect laminate boards, most of the high quality laminate boards you’ll find at National Design Mart snap together with “fold-and lay” or “fold-and-lock” features. With fold-and-lay boards, the installer simple lays two boards with their outer grooves angled toward each other. Then, the boards are snapped together by pressing them flat. Once all the boards are attached, the floor is smooth, heavy and cohesive.
Laminate flooring is installed as a floating floor over a quality subfloor. This means each laminate board is attached to the next, but the floor boards themselves are not attached to the subfloor.
A good subfloor makes a difference in the comfort of your flooring, so it’s important to make an informed choice. National Design Mart’s design experts can help you choose the best subfloor for your laminate, as well as trim and other accessories.
Transform Your Flooring with National Design Mart
Curious about laminate for your next flooring project? Our design experts are ready to help. Our locally owned, 150,000 square foot superstore is always stocked with the best brands and most stylish options. We choose each of our products carefully, so you’re shopping from the very best.
Whether you’re choosing between maple and pine, glossy and embossed, or between areas of your space, National Design Mart has the laminate flooring you need—and more—to create the living room, kitchen, or entryway of your dreams.
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With approximately 8,000 to 10,000 sq. ft. of laminate from manufacturer leaders like Quick-Step, Armstrong, and Mohawk, National Design Mart is Northeast Ohio’s premier laminate floor store. We stock laminate with an 8 mm finish. We also stock matching trim and accessories, for a one-stop shopping trip. Our huge inventory not only means you have more options to choose from which to choose, it also means our wholesale prices are offered directly to our customers.
Let Our Experts Help You Find the Perfect Choice
Stop in and let our flooring experts help you find the right laminate floor. Laminate flooring is available in many different surface types, including smooth, embossed, textured, and distressed or hand-scraped. Since the lamination process simply is the fusing together and sealing of two or more types of materials, the options of materials can range from wood to stone to tile, making laminate the ideal floor for any room in your home or business.
Laminate flooring is not only beautiful and very customizable, but also durable, and stain and scratch-resistant. What’s not to like? With looks that fit any decor, laminate is an affordable option for those who want the look of hardwood, but are on a budget. Easy care and maintenance make laminate a great choice for those with busy lifestyles. Stop by National Design Mart in Medina or National Carpet Mill Outlet in Wooster and let our experts inform you on the different types of laminate available and help you choose the perfect option!
Next Step – Learn More and See the Selection
Come check out our many styles of laminate at great prices. Ask our experts any questions!
Visit us in store, contact us here or call 330-721-1914.