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Today's laminate floors offer a remarkable fusion of beauty, functionality, and affordability thanks to incredible technological advancements. Cutting-edge printing techniques achieve breathtakingly realistic wood, stone, and tile visuals and intricate surface textures that mimic the genuine material. Next-generation coatings and wear layers provide unprecedented durability, resisting scratches, fading, and even moisture damage far better than their predecessors. Installation has become easier than ever with click-lock systems, eliminating the need for adhesives. Whether you desire the warmth of classic hardwood, the cool elegance of marble, or a rustic, reclaimed wood look, laminate provides a stylish and practical option for any Columbus, Ohio home.


When shopping for laminate, keep a few things in mind. If you want the hardwood look throughout your home but have a limited budget, laminate is a great choice. Its long fade warranties ensure color consistency, so you can install it gradually in different rooms without worrying about mismatches. Also, plan your layout carefully – start at the room's longest, straightest wall and run the flooring parallel to the incoming natural light to visually minimize seams. While today's click technology makes laminate floors an easier DIY product, we recommend having a professional installer do the work. This will ensure the warranties are valid and will yield the best results.


We're experts in laminate flooring, and we want to share our knowledge with you! Whether in our store or on our website, we're here to help you understand everything about laminate flooring so you can make the best decision for your home.


Laminate is a manufactured product that simulates the look of hardwood, ceramic tile, natural stone, and many other types of flooring. But to truly understand laminate, you need to know about the core. The core is typically made from High-Density Fiberboard (HDF). This engineered wood product is formed by breaking down softwood fibers, combining them with resin and wax binder, and then compressing them under intense heat and pressure. The result? A remarkably dense and stable board perfect for laminate flooring. Here are some other advantages of HDF:

  • Strength and Stability: HDF's tight composition prevents warping and indentation, even under heavy furniture or high foot traffic. This ensures your laminate floor stays level and maintains its appearance for years.
  • Moisture Resistance: While not entirely waterproof, HDF is denser than other core materials, offering better resistance to moisture compared to options like Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF). This makes it a more reliable choice for areas with potential moisture exposure, like kitchens or bathrooms.
  • Manufacturing Efficiency: The production process for HDF is efficient and cost-effective, contributing to the affordability of laminate flooring.

Choosing a laminate floor with a high-quality HDF core is an investment in its longevity and performance. It provides a strong foundation for the decorative layers, creating a beautiful and durable floor you can enjoy for years.


While laminate flooring might seem like a recent innovation, its roots go back much further. Here's a look at its development:

  • Early Days (1920s): The concept of lamination, fusing multiple layers with heat or pressure, emerges in Sweden. This technique was initially used for things like windowsills and countertops.
  • The Birth of Flooring (1977): The Swedish company Perstorp revolutionized flooring when it invented laminate flooring. Their product, Pergo, hit the Swedish market in 1980.
  • European Success (1980s): Pergo quickly gained popularity across Europe, known for its durability and affordability compared to traditional hardwood.
  • American Arrival (1994): Laminate flooring is introduced to the US market and gradually gains traction among homeowners looking for a beautiful yet budget-friendly option.
  • Technological Leaps (Late 1990s-Present): Innovations in printing technology lead to hyper-realistic wood and stone visuals on laminate planks. Wear layers become tougher, improving resistance against scratches, fading, and moisture. Click-lock systems make installation easier than ever.

Why the European Connection? Laminate found a natural home in Europe due to the prevalence of older buildings with existing floors. Since laminate can be "floated" over various subfloors, it offers a convenient way to revitalize spaces without major renovations.


As you can tell, laminate flooring offers you and your home many benefits. Here is a quick recap of those that may come in handy while you search for the perfect laminate floor:

  • Exceptional durability
  • Easy to clean surface
  • Superior stain resistance
  • Superior fade resistance
  • Install in/on all grade levels, even below grade
  • Install over many different types of subfloors
  • Great impact and indentation resistance
  • Exceptional realism at affordable costs

So, if you're looking for a flooring solution that combines beauty, durability, and affordability, a laminate floor might be the perfect
fit for your home. At Levi's 4 Floors, we offer a vast selection of laminate styles, expert advice, and professional installation. Let us help you transform your space! Visit us in-store for a personalized consultation or set up your free estimate.