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Grand Illusions – Our Product of the Week

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When you think about flooring you probably aren’t thinking about grand illusions. But we are. We are featuring Grand Illusions by Armstrong as our product of the week. But let’s back up a minute here. This hard surface product is laminate. Yes, that’s right – laminate. Why do hard wood floors get all the attention?

Laminate flooring’s popularity has soared in recent years and for good reason. It is incredibly durable, affordable and easy to clean. It’s available in a wide array of styles from rich and traditional to clean and contemporary, including today’s popular “exotic” wood looks inspired by rare wood species from around the world.

This particular product is known and trusted for reliable quality, and an expansive offering of colors and designs to meet your personal style. Laminate floors have exceptional durability as they won’t dent, ding or fade. Laminate floors are scratch resistant so they look newer for longer. They are easy to clean, just a quick damp mop every now and then. They never need sanding, buffing or refinishing. Installation is also easy, even for those of you who have “DIY” husbands.

Look at this example of Grand Illusions Laminate. Can’t you just picture these gorgeous floors in your home?

We want to tell you more about laminate. Please visit our flooring showrooms in Chicago, Bolingbrook, Itasca, Joliet, Lombard, Matteson, Mt. Prospect, Mundelein, and Woodstock, IL. We’re here to help your ideas become reality.

Differences Between Laminate and Hardwood Flooring

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hardwood and Laminate

Debating between Laminate and Hardwood Floors? Here are Some Questions to Consider.

Choosing new flooring, but confused about the differences between wood and laminate? Here are a few items to consider as you start your decision process.

Lifestyle: Children and pets don’t function well with wood floors. Spills and scratches can quickly move wood from beautiful to distressed, and maintaining a wood floor requires prompt attention to even a small amount of moisture, as well as an annual application of a wax or polyurethane coating for finish in place applications. A good quality laminate will continue to look new despite family challenges, and can be maintained with a damp mop.

Home Value: In higher-end homes, wood, tile or stone is the flooring of choice. Although resale may not be part of your current plans, because of the long life of flooring, you should always keep resale in mind when making your choices. In family-style neighborhoods, laminates will be a welcome choice for a homebuyer.

Personal Preference: Be sure to visit homes or spaces with both laminate floors and wood floors that have been in place for a good number of years. Wood develops a patina of scratches and dents, as well as some uneven fading, that some like very much and others dislike. A top-quality laminate will continue to look like-new, but some people don’t care for the repeating pattern that is part of even the best laminate floors. See what you prefer.

Once you have addressed these issues, take the time to visit with us. Our sales team is well informed on the newest products, and their advantages and disadvantages. Make a list of questions and concerns, so that your final decision is well-considered and you are happy with the outcome. We are happy to help with any questions you may have!

To learn more about hardwood including how it’s made and an online product catalog, click here. To learn more about laminate, click here.