You can still make your home look pretty rich, even if you’re on a tight budget. Do you know that you can still get the look of natural materials, such as wood or stone, with laminate flooring, Katy, TX?

That’s thanks to modern technology and high resolution photography. It’s a layered synthetic product, fused together with a lamination process. There’s a photograph on the surface, with a clear protective layer on top of that.

Here are other facts about laminate flooring from A+ Floors 4U:

1. The flooring will last between five to 20 years, depending upon quality. While it certainly doesn’t come with the sticker shock of the natural materials, don’t go either for ultra-cheap bargain basement prices; the thicker the material, the longer it will last. Examine the manufacturer’s warranty, since that will give you a good idea of how long it will last.

2. Maintenance is easy. Just sweep or vacuum regularly, and wipe spills immediately; don’t let sand and grit can get into the floor, because it’s creates scratches and eventually harms that protective clear wear layer.

Wipe spills immediately; never allow a puddle of liquid to stand on the floor for very long, as it can get into the joints. For a more thorough cleaning, avoid excess water and use a manufacturer-approved soap. Alternatively, you can create your own cleaning mixture by combining one part vinegar to two parts water.

3. Flooring trends tend not to change as quickly as, say, fashion, so we say “laminate flooring trends 2017” since that means they’ll stick around for a while.

One big trend is that real estate associates are now saying that it’s one of the big ways to increase home value. Although solid hardwood, stone and tile still reign supreme, this flooring gives homeowners an affordable alternative to those natural options.

Since these floors mimic wood flooring, and that won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, let’s take a look at how you update your look. Right now, a hot trend in is the gray floor, and you can coordinate that with paint and other colors to create your own unique style.

4. Ease of installation. Most laminate “clicks” together and, unlike many other types, it can be installed directly over the existing floor. But you do need an underlayment for the subfloor, it’s usually cork or foam (your flooring retailer can tell you more about that) to keep adhesives from leaking and gluing it to the subfloor.

Come into the A+ Floors 4U showroom in Katy, TX and let our experts tell you what to know about laminate flooring.