laminate flooring

Laminate flooring: High-end look, affordable price

Has this ever happened to you, Auburn, WA? You walk into a home to see glossy wood floors with multi-width planks, complete with knots, swirls, and raised grains and gorgeous color variations of light, dark and medium?

That happened to me recently, and I was shocked to find out that the flooring wasn?t genuine wood at all, but laminate.

Suitable for photography in a design magazine, the only way I knew the floor wasn?t real wood was because the homeowner admitted it to me. Up until that time, I was sure the laminate was genuine wood and I came home to start googling laminate flooring near me.

Laminate flooring
stores all over the country, including Auburn, can?t keep up with the demand for this product. Consumers and designers embrace it because it answers so many needs, from aesthetic and function to financial.

What Auburn, WA can expect in 2020
For colors, gray and whitewashed floors will still be king, and that?s not expected to end anytime soon. You?ll also see a lot of blond floors, as well as honey and more color variations.

Textures will be big, especially hand-scraped, rustic and reclaimed, as will patterns such as Herringbone and Diagonals.

It's not just about wood, though.

Stone looks are going to be hot, hot, hot in 2020. While nothing adds quite as much architectural interest in a home as stone, it?s not without its challenges when it comes right from the quarry. It?s ultra-expensive and often porous and soft. Marble bathrooms are trending, so you can easily have that look with laminate--or something in quartz, travertine, slate or limestone.

More reasons to love it
?Durability. The product consists of several layers fused, with a core made of high-density fiberboard and a tough top wear layer. The wear layer protects the floor from scratches and dents. It is highly water-resistant, but be sure the boards are placed very tightly together to avoid seepage.
?Easy maintenance. Sweep and mop.
?Affordable. This is a fraction of the cost of wood or stone.
?Easy installation. It is DIY-friendly and can be placed over most existing floors. It is either glued down, or the pieces click together.

For more information, feel free to visit the Nielsen Bros. Flooring showroom in Bellevue, Auburn, and Lynnwood, WA.