At Mountain West Wholesale Flooring, we offer a wide variety of flooring materials and services to create your best experience, regardless of the size of your remodel. Our associates will get to know your need and then meet it as perfectly as possible. We offer dedicated and personalized assistance backed by years of experience that will always work to your benefit.
From our showroom in Pleasant Grove, UT, we proudly serve residents from Pleasant Grove, UT, American Fork, UT, Cedar Hills, UT, Lindon, UT, Highland, UT, Eagle Mountain, UT, Saratoga Springs, UT, Lehi, UT, Riverton, UT, and Bluffdale, UT. We invite you to visit us
whenever you are in the area for the attention to detail you need most. We will make sure you have an excellent selection of LVT and LVP flooring from which to choose.
To understand what a floor vendor is really offering, you need to know a bit about how a laminate floor is made. It's not that complicated. Laminate flooring has four layers: a wear layer, a design layer, an inner core layer and a backing layer.
The wear layer
is the clear top layer. This layer protects the floor from wear, stains and fading. The harder and thicker it is, the more wear-resistant you're floor will be. Laminate floors are graded under the AC rating system of numbers 1 through 5. 1 represents the lowest quality and 5 for the highest. AC 2 and AC3 are considered plenty for home and residential use. There's a secret regarding this layer I'll tell you in a minute.
The design layer
is the secret to the floors beauty. It's a photographic image of wood, stone, brick or ceramic the lays under the wear layer. There's a secret they are not telling you regarding this layer as well. I'll tell it to you in a minute.
The inner core
is a thick, high-density fiber (HDF) that keeps the laminate stable and flat. It is produced under extreme pressure from resins and glues. There are TWO secrets you must know here.
is the bottom layer that creates a moisture barrier that protects your floor from warping. Yes, there is what to know about this layer they are not telling you as well.
It's simple – the wear layer helps your floor last longer. Made of clear PVC film and applied to the top of the photographic layer, the wear layer adds an extra boost of durability and extends the life of your resilient flooring.
The thickness of the wear layer is measured in mils, and wear layers are typically 6, 12 or 20 mils thick. As you may have guessed, the thicker the wear layer, the tougher the flooring will be. In fact, the 20-mil thickness can even stand up to commercial settings. If you're choosing flooring for a high-traffic entryway into your home, go with the middle or higher wear layer. If your room in question isn't likely to see much action in terms of foot traffic, a lesser thickness will work just fine.
Ultimately, when you choose flooring from Shaw, you can rest assured that performance is built right into the product, regardless of wear layer thickness. Our commitment to delivering beautiful and durable flooring is more than a promise—it's just who we are.