If you are in the market for new flooring, and you desire wood flooring, but you are hesitant to purchase real wood because of budget or durability concerns, laminate flooring is an affordable and practical option. Laminates have come a long way from their initial conception. Topical images placed over the compressed wood core mimic the beauty of real wood amazingly. There are many series that convincingly recreate hand scraped textures and beveled edges. There are numerous benefits to laminate flooring. Laminates are typically a fraction of the cost of hardwood flooring, and laminate installation is less expensive than real wood. They are more durable than wood, offering a scratch resistant topical layer that wood cannot match, eliminating gouging and deep scratches that are more inherent with natural wood. Laminate can be a perfect solution for active homes where children and pets rule the day. Another benefit of laminate is the UV protection that is included in the topical protectant. Direct afternoon sun shining through a window is a killer on all flooring, but with an additional UV protectant that many laminate lines offer, fading and bleaching occur over a much longer period of time than natural wood. Busy life, hectic house? Laminates do not require the upkeep that natural wood does. You do not have to condition your floors or purchase costly humidifiers if you live in an arid climate. Simple sweeping and damp-moping will keep your laminate floors looking beautiful year-round. The simplicity of maintenance, installation, combined with affordability make laminate an easy flooring option to fall in love with. The Floor Store @TheCarpetCompany offesr an extensive selection of laminate samples that you can view and check out for in-home observation. Our experienced sales staff is always available to answer any questions that you may have regarding all of your flooring needs.