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Laminate Flooring

Laminate floors come in a wide range of shapes and styles – from abstract graphic patterned designs to appearances that are almost indistinguishable from real wood. Laminate floors are the perfect do-it-yourself (DIY) option – as they can be installed using the floating installation method, requiring few tools and expertise.
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    Discover an awe-inspiring laminate flooring selection that will satisfy even the most discerning tastes. Browse through our select range of trendy laminate floor collections, from leading domestic and imported European brands.

    Our flooring expert team can help you find the perfect floor styles, that fit your exact style, budget, and needs. Visit us in store or schedule a free consultation today.

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    About Laminate Floors

    The top layer of laminate consists of an extremely resilient melamine plastic, which helps to protect it from damage. The middle layer, or core, of laminate is comprised of high-density fiberboard, strengthened with a resin which contributes to its durability. As a result, it is resistant to scratches, dents, and everyday wear and tear.

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    This makes it an excellent option for high traffic areas of your home or for individuals with busy children or pets. In addition, unlike solid hardwood flooring, marble, or carpet, laminate flooring will not fade when exposed to sunlight and is stain resistant. The bottom, or backing layer of laminate panels is designed to resist moisture and mold, which further contributes to laminate’s durability, helping to prevent boards from warping. Our high quality laminate flooring comes with a 25-year warranty, so you can feel confident that you are making a sound investment.

    Laminate is less expensive than carpet and typically half the price of hardwood. If you love the look of hardwood but it is not within your budget, cheap laminate flooring is an excellent solution. In fact, thanks to developments in technology, laminate now has an incredibly realistic appearance, which mimics the stains, graining and texture of hardwood, often making it difficult to distinguish between the two.

    One of the factors which impacts the price of laminate is the number of layers present. Direct Pressure Laminate (DPL) is a less expensive option, as it is comprised of three or four layers of composite wood, which are merged between 300 and 600 pounds per inch of pressure at approximately 300 degrees Fahrenheit. High Pressure Laminate (HPL) is a more expensive option as it contains five layers of composite wood, offering added protection. The top layers and backing are treated individually before being merged with the core layers at 1300 pounds per inch of pressure.


    Laminate wood installation is also significantly cheaper than hardwood installation due to its simple tongue and groove installation method. In most instances, it can be installed for 50% of the cost of hardwood installation. It’s a simple DIY option that doesn’t require much tools or know-how. If you’d like to have your laminate floors professionally installed however, Chestnut Flooring offers expert installation with our very own in-house installation team.

    If you are looking for high quality laminate flooring at the most competitive costs in the GTA, look no further than Chestnut Flooring. We have sought out the leading Laminate flooring brands – both domestic and imported – and carry extensive laminate selections at some of the most competitive prices in the GTA. 

    Once installed, laminate flooring is incredibly easy to maintain, which makes it an excellent option for busy individuals. Dirt and debris can be swept or vacuumed and a damp cloth or mop can be used to clean up spills or stains. Although it is resistant to moisture, it is important to ensure that laminate does not get too wet, as excess water can seep between the boards. A mat should be kept at the front entrance to protect the floor from dirt and moisture.

    Laminate FAQs

    Frequently Asked Questions

    See some of the most popular questions that we commonly get about laminate floors.

    Laminate floors are a desirable choice for their many benefits, such as being:

    • Very Durable: Laminate flooring is resistant to spills, stains and heavy traffic.
    • Authentic Appearance: Laminate flooring looks like hardwood and offers a variety of finishes, colors and grains.
    • Easy to Install: Laminate flooring is a floating floor system, so it is not attached to the subfloor. It requires a simple locking system.
    • Easy Maintenance: A damp dust mop and an occasional approved cleaner are all you’ll need to keep your laminate floors looking terrific.

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    The primary difference between laminate and engineered hardwood flooring is the type of material that they’re made of. Laminate is a synthetic composite made of several layers of compressed materials. In comparison, engineered hardwood is made of real solid hardwood, with layers of derivative wood products underneath.

    In terms of appearance, both are very attractive options. Many laminate flooring products are made to look largely like real wood. There are also continuous developments in making laminate that appears even more natural. Engineered hardwood, on the other hand, offers the classic appearance of real wood – which is highly sought out among many.

    Although both can be done in DIY project, laminate installation is generally preferred by those who want to install the floors themselves. Laminate planks interlock between themselves, making it easy for floating installations. Engineered hardwood floors however can be installed by those who are willing to spend the time and are comfortable with using the additional power tools needed.

    Lastly, one of the key differences between laminate and engineered hardwood flooring are the costs. Laminate flooring is generally much cheaper than engineered hardwood flooring, which is generally much more expensive to manufacture.

    These are the fundamental differences between the two types of flooring. If you want to go for a cheaper option that’s easier to install yourself, laminate flooring is a great option. If you want to go for the more sophisticated timeless option, then engineered hardwood is the preferred option.


    Laminate flooring is about as close to a maintenance-free floor as you will find. Use a dry or slightly damp dust mop and dry with a clean, cotton cloth. Never wax, polish or steam clean a laminate flooring product. Vacuums may be used, but avoid those with a “beater bar,” as these may damage your laminate flooring.

    Recommended Routine Laminate Floor Care and Maintenance:

    • Sweep or vacuum using the wand attachment, then follow with Armstrong recommended floor care products.
    • For spills, just wipe up with a cloth or sponge.
    • Allow time for floor to dry after washing.
    • Immediately wipe up wet areas from spills, foreign substances, or wet feet.

    Not Recommended:

    • Using soap-based detergents or “mop and shine” products, as these may leave a dull film on your laminate floor.
    • Using abrasive cleaners, steel wool, or scouring powder, which can scratch your floor. And, in very sandy areas or at the beach, sweep or vacuum regularly.
    • Waxing or polish your floor.
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