Laminate flooring offers an upscale wood and stone look

Most often, laminate flooring comes in planks that look like hardwood and tiles that look like stone. Wood species are many, and finishes range from high gloss to distressed. Stones range from elegant marble to Old World terracotta. State 48 Floors is a laminate flooring retailer in Tempe, Arizona, that has a large assortment of laminate flooring. Our installers are experienced pros who can handle any type of flooring job.

Multi-layer planks and tiles

Because of its makeup, this flooring type is warm and comfortable underfoot and can be installed in most areas of the home. This multi-layer synthetic product has a fiberboard core that makes the flooring very resistant to dents. A digital image layer is on top of the core layer, and it is protected by a transparent wear layer that resists scratches, stains, and fading. A backer layer beneath the core provides stability and support.

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Judging durability

It’s easy to judge the durability of any brand of this flooring by looking at its AC rating. An independent company assigns the abrasion coefficient rating based on a series of tests. A product must pass all tests before it enters the marketplace. Flooring is tested for its resistance to stains, impacts, abrasion, and burns as well as swelling under moist conditions. AC3 laminate is appropriate for all areas of the home.

Standard vs waterproof

Water will pool on the surface of standard laminate floors. Since this flooring cannot tolerate standing water, it should be cleaned up immediately. Laminate marked 'waterproof,' on the other hand, will not be damaged by standing water as long as it is cleaned up in a reasonable amount of time. The manufacturer specifies in the product guidelines how this period is defined. Usually, water must be cleaned up in about one day or damage may occur.
Laminate flooring in Tempe, AZ from State 48 Floors


Planks and tiles usually have a click and lock design so the floor can be constructed to float over the subfloor. The flooring can be installed above existing hard surface flooring, and it can be placed on a concrete slab as long as a moisture barrier is used. All of this flooring requires padding, or underlayment, to enhance floor performance. Benefits include cushioning, thermal insulation, and noise reduction.

State 48 Floors serves many communities in the Phoenix, Arizona, metropolitan area, including Tempe, AZ, Mesa, AZ, Scottsdale, AZ, Paradise Valley, AZ, && Chandler, AZ. It’s easy to get your laminate floor upgrade started. stop by our showroom in Tempe and chat with our flooring specialists.