Low-maintenance laminate flooring offers an enormous variety of styles, colors and patterns. It's similar to engineered wood in that a top wear layer is backed by layers of plywood or compressed fiber backing that is extremely stable. The big difference is that the top layer is not real wood but a plastic coating applied over a photograph. The photo-realism technology that’s used produces look-alike finishes indistinguishable from real wood and other materials such as stone, ceramic tile, even stained concrete.
This home's entryway features the same rustic-looking wood laminate as the kitchen, making the space feel fluid and cohesive. Dark kitchen cabinets contrast with the flooring, giving the space a more contemporary feel.
Use the short trimmed section of the previous row to start the next row. This will ensure the joints between planks in a row are staggered from the joints in adjoining rows. The laminated flooring in this project has a soundproof backing and wood finish. It snaps together by lining up the planks at an angle and then flattening out the row being installed. To save the edges of the flooring boards, use a tapping block or rubber mallet to tap adjoining rows together. This will prevent damage to the tongue or groove with the hammer.
The original hardwood floors were damaged in places so, once old carpeting and laminate flooring were removed, new flooring in dark finish was installed throughout the first floor for a uniform and sophisticated look. New drywall is painted in pale, powder blue, offering a pleasing contrast with the dark floors and stained trim around the cased opening.