Laminate flooring is hard surface flooring utilizing a fiberboard core and Melamine wear layer. Laminate belong to a type of flooring referred to as a floating floor. This means that the laminate is installed without attaching it to the sub-floor via glue, nails, or staples. It floats above the existing sub-floor.

Most dry, stable sub-floors can serve as the base for a floating floor; however, carpet may not be used, as it does not offer the necessary support for a floating floor system. Laminate floors have protective layer for wear resistance.

It’s designed to enhance the beauty, warmth and style of your home with a wide variety of beautiful styling, textures and colors to choose from. Abrasion and indentation resistant, high heels are no problem. It is easy to clean and never needs waxing. Laminate flooring is resistant to scratching and scuffing and it won’t fade or change color from sunlight.

The clear surface layer protects the pattern underneath. Maintenance is quick and easy using a damp cloth or vacuum and most household cleaning chemicals will not harm a laminate floor.

Hardwood floors offer the unmistakable rich character and timeless beauty only found in authentic real wood. It is never out of fashion and adds real value to the home. Many interior decorators today choose hardwood floors as the base layer and use area rugs to enhance the room's overall color scheme. LA Carpet carries many types of styles and colors of hardwood flooring.

Through advancements in hardwood construction techniques, flooring manufacturers are able to produce wood floors that are more durable and adaptable to many different environments. Engineered and longstrip hardwood floors allow homeowners to use hardwood floors in areas of the home that they would never have considered in the past.

Today's hardwood floors come in a wide variety of wood species, colors and widths. Besides the classic North American hardwoods (like oak, maple and ash), exotic hardwood species from all over the World are available. Exotic hardwoods give homeowners the chance to better express their own personal decorating tastes with a more unique visual appearance.

The Character of Hardwood Flooring

Many factors define the look of natural hardwood flooring. Species of the tree, where it grew, rate of growth, part of the tree used--they all determine your flooring's unique "character marks."
  • The closer a plank is cut to the center of the tree, the darker its overall tone. Lighter boards came from closer to the bark.
  • Knots indicate that a limb grew from that spot.
  • Growth rings, determined by climate trends and mineral/nutrient absorption, determine grain pattern.

While all these "character marks" impact the appearance of finished boards, they do not affect their strength.

Ceramic tiles are a mixture of clays that are pressed into shape and fired at high temperatures which gives the tile its hardness. The bisque (body) of ceramic tile may then be glazed or left unglazed depending on its intended use. The look is luxurious and is actually very cost effective in the long term because of its durable, long lasting surface. Other features like versatility, easy care and maintenance make tile a very popular flooring choice. LA Carpet’s professional staff can install tile flooring as well as tile countertops and wall.

Natural stone floors offer a distinct and beautiful alternative to your flooring choices. Each stone has it own unique visual appearance. Unlike glazed ceramic tiles, stone tiles do not have a protective glazed coating on top and the color goes all the way through the tiles.

Carpeting is an attached floor covering made of a heavy, thick fabric. It is typically knotted or glued to a base weave. For environmental reasons, the use of organic wool, natural bindings, natural padding, and formaldehyde-free glues are becoming more common. These options are almost always at a premium cost, though with no sacrifice to performance. Dynamic developments in fiber manufacturing means that carpet, today, offers a greater variety of choice in texture, color, style, and price than any other type of floor covering.

Carpet can be one of the least costly elements of room decor. It offers an excellent value as a decorating investment, provides incomparable comfort, is an effective insulator against cold, and absorbs noise. EPA scientists have recently concluded that carpet can be beneficial in trapping and immobilizing potential allergy-causing particles, preventing them from re-entering the indoor air system, if the carpet is regularly cleaned and properly maintained. Today's advanced technology enables manufacturers to offer carpet suitable for virtually any residential or commercial setting, with optimum built-in wear, soil, and stain resistance.