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Laminate Flooring

Laminate Flooring Raleigh

Laminate Flooring is a stylish, modern and economical alternative tomore expensive Hardwood,Stone, and Tile floors. Laminates are planks or strips that are fused together, comprised of several different materials. Generally a Laminate plank will consist of a strong, durable, protective top coating that guards the decorative layer underneath. A "High Density Fiberboard" core provides strength and durability to the plank and is backed by hard plastic bottom layer for increased structural integrity and moisture resistance.

Laminates are ideal for high traffic areas in home or commercial settings. They are designed to be resistant to impact damages and scratching making them a wonderful option for households with pets or kids. Ease of care and maintenance are also great reasons to consider a Laminate Flooring product. The protective finish on laminates allow spills to be easily cleaned, however, spills or moisture that is left for prolonged periods of time may still cause damages.

Financially there is no better alternative for a floor that provides a sleek, beautiful, and dependable surface. For roughly thirty years advances in Laminate manufacturing technology have enabled laminate floors to capture the most detailed designs and patterns seen in natural hardwood floors as well as stone and tile. Unlike other Flooring options, Laminates offer adaptability to uneven surfaces and are easily applied to concrete subfloors.

Designer Floor Fashions offers an extensive selection of laminate products that are sure to amaze and satisfy your flooring needs at a fraction of the cost!

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Hardwood Product Lines

Bruce Hardwood Floors | Raleigh NC
Bruce Hardwood Floors

Bruce hardwood floors products, including engineered wood floors and distressed floors. Bruce hardwood flooring is known for its durability, yet it's also affordable.

Chesapeake Hardwoods | Raleigh NC
Chesapeake Hardwoods

Chesapeake Hardwoods offers a 25 year residential finish warranty and lifetime structural warranty on all of our products which are available at a price point that everyone can afford.

Colubmia Flooring

Locally grown, harvested and crafted here in the United States. Our Classic American hardwood floors are designed to enhance any style of décor.

USFloors | Raleigh NC

US Floors, is a manufacturer of Unique and Sustainable floors. USFloors is the leading producer of sustainable, eco-friendly floors including cork, bamboo, and hardwood floors.

Teragren Flooring Raleigh

Teragren is a U.S.-based manufacturer of fine bamboo flooring, panels, veneer and parquet butcher block. We are a leader in environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing and business practices.

Trout River | Raleigh NC
Trout River

TRL is a leader in the Pre-Finished Flooring industry, and not only produces The Virginia Plantation Collection, but is a primary producer for several leading flooring manufacturers.

River Ridge
River Ridge

River Ridge features the authentic beauty of fine Birch surfaces lightly scraped and chattered by hand and sealed with a deep-gloss custom Valsparâ„¢ finish.

Hardwood Floor Care and Maintenance

Cleaning your hardwood floor is a little more than simple sweeping and vacuuming, always make sure your hardwood floors are protected from moisture and heavy wear which creates scratches. Preventive maintenance like area rugs, floor protectors (on ALL furniture on your hardwood floors), and routine maintenance with proper hardwood floor cleaner should always be exercised (improper products can contribute to additional wear, may VOID your warranty, and cause failure when recoating). Some softer woods may become dented by wearing high heel shoes. Remove heels when possible to avoid damage.

Prefinished hardwood flooring has a factory finish that features three to seven layers of a UV-cured polyurethane. This finish gives the floor a tough, durable and smooth no-wax surface that is both luxurious and easy to maintain. DO NOT damp mop! Water and wood do not mix. Therefore, we suggest that you use the maintenance products and procedures recommeneded by the manufacturer of your floor. Bona Hardwood Care & Maintenance kits can be purchased from the showroom at Designer Floor Fashions. A kit comes FREE with every hardwood floor purchase.

Do not use water to clean your hardwood floors.
We recommend a solution of 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water. Always dry the floors. Never allow water to sit on a wood floor. Extensive damage can be done to your floor if you allow water to sit on the floor!

Healthy Floors

The Environmental Protection Agency has said that indoor air quality is one of our top health threats. Wood floors contribute to a healthy living environment because they are hard surfaces that do not trap or harbor dust mites or molds. Controlling indoor dust and allergens creates better air quality for all inhabitants, but especially for the estimated 35 million Americans who suffer from allergies. The hard surface of wood floors also helps avoid artificial substances such as pesticides used in gardens and homes accumulate on floors and other surfaces in the home, but that wood floors greatly reduce the accumulation of such toxins. Another concern for the home environment is the off-gassing of toxins that results from some sythetic materials. Any of these chemicals can make people in the home chronically ill.

Selection and Variety

With today's technologically advanced manufacturing, stains and finishes, hardwood floors come in many sizes, colors, finishes and species. These many choices can compliment any home or office with style and a beautiful product that last a lifetime.

Prefinished vs Custom "On-Site" Sand and Finish

Prefinished Hardwoods are sanded and finished by the manufacturer whereas hardwoods that are custom sanded and finished are, as the name implies, done after installation. Prefinished Hardwood floors are attractive because they often times have a respectably thick wear layer and are coated for resilience. They are also generally easier to install and take a shorter period of time, for the same job, compared to unfinished hardwoods. This is because they have already been sanded and finished where unfinished on-site jobs then need to be sanded and finished after installation.

Despite these pros, Unfinished Hardwoods also have their benefits as well. Because the Unfinished wood products are sanded and finished after installation; an even, level and smooth surface is achieved throughout the floor. Any bumps or uneven surfaces in the subfloor may result in unevenness or bumps in a prefinished floor however the custom S&F floor minimizes these irregularities. Lastly it is important to consider that, with all Hardwoods; prefinished and unfinished, nails are used to secure the floor around the perimeters of the room as well as around cabinets and other obstacles. Regardless of the method you choose, these nail holes are covered with a filler to match the species and character of the wood. However, since the unfinished hardwood products are sanded and finished after installation, the nail holes can be virtually undetectable with filler whereas prefinished woods might reveal them slightly.