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Laminate Flooring

Introduction

Laminate floors are quickly becoming the flooring of choice for active families and homeowners.

If you love the gorgeous look of a wood or stone floor but are worried about high traffic that can ruin expensive floors, laminate flooring is probably the best option on the market.

Laminate flooring is a lot like Formica countertops - a combination of layers of wood and melamine plastic that imitate real wood, stone or other textures.

 

Laminate Benefits

The benefits of laminate flooring can be summed up in two words - cost and durability.

Laminate flooring offers the appearance of real hardwood floors or stone tile, but for about two-thirds the cost.

However, people often forget that laminate flooring has a number of other benefits, such as:

  • High UV resistance, blocking the sun's harmful rays and protecting the floor pattern from fading over time.
  • Easy installation, especially when choosing pre-glued or glueless brands.
  • Excellent warranty protection.
  • Easy repairs, since damaged planks can be replaced without contrasting with the pattern of surrounding boards.
  • Easy cleaning, since laminate flooring doesn't trap dirt. Most spills can be cleaned up with a mop or sponge.
  • Very low emissions.
  • Endless design options.
  • But what you're seeing when you look at laminate flooring is actually a picture - a high-quality photograph of real wood or stone that has been placed on top of the floor and covered with ultra-strong, clear plastic.

    Laminate flooring is available in planks, strips and tiles. Traditionally, it is glued into place, but in the past few years manufacturers have introduced some incredible glueless and pre-glued formats that cut installation time in half!

    Laminate flooring is installed on top of your existing floor. And, if you choose a glueless floor, you can even remove the floor and take it with you when you move!

    One of the few disadvantages to a laminate flooring is that it cannot be refinished, sanded or stripped. However, with some of the strongest warranties in the flooring industry, there's not much chance you'll ever need to replace your laminate floor!

  • How It Is Made

    Laminate flooring is made of various layers that are fused together. The layers in most laminate flooring include:

    Wear Layer - This is the top layer, the one you walk on. It's usually made from cellulose paper that's been saturated with melamine plastic resins that make laminate flooring so incredibly scratch-resistant.

    Design Layer - This is the image you see, typically a photograph or patterned print that has been copied onto cellulose paper. Because it is below the upper melamine layer, it can't be marked, scuffed or even fade.

  • Core Layer - This is the backbone of all laminate flooring. The core layer is usually some form of processed particle board and comes in different strengths and thicknesses.

    Stabilizing Layer - This is the bottom layer that holds everything in place. It's usually made from resin-saturated paper, just like the top layer.

    In addition, some brands of laminate flooring have an underlayment attached to the bottom. The underlayment is designed to absorb sound and cushion the floor. It is usually made of cork, felt, foam or some similar material.

    Laminate flooring is put together in two different ways.

    • Direct-pressure laminate flooring is the most common variety. All the layers are assembled at once, then heated and pressed to form a bond.
    • High-pressure laminate flooring is a more recent innovation and is often found in more expensive premium brands. Both the top and bottom layers of high-pressure laminate flooring are treated separately, then fused to core layer under extreme pressure.
  • Hardwood Comparisons

    How can you tell the difference between laminate flooring and 'real' hardwood floors? And which one is better?

    The easiest way to tell the difference is to look for variations in the wood pattern. If it's a laminate floor, you'll see the same knots, grain and other features repeated throughout your floor.

    The other major difference is that hardwood floors dent more easily and don't stand up to heavy traffic as well as laminate flooring. That's why people end up re-sanding and re-finishing their floors periodically.

 

 

 

 

 


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