flooring is the hottest trend to hit the residential flooring
industry since the early days of linoleum! As the younger generation
of homeowners look to modernize the look and feel of their decor,
laminate flooring has slowly become one of the hottest consumer
products on the house and home market.
Laminate flooring is
an ultra-durable product that looks like a real wood or stone
floor. But it's less costly than the 'real thing', easier to install
and can last a lot longer.
If you love the look
of real hardwood, but are concerned with maintaining its appearance,
there is an alternative. Laminate floors are beautiful, extremely
durable, and easy to clean. It’s well suited for high-traffic
areas, busy family kitchens, and homes with children and pets.
Like hardwood, laminate is available in various widths and lengths
and is less expensive than real wood.
flooring is made to look like wood, but the decorative layer is
actually a photograph. Most laminates have four-ply construction:
a backing or balancing layer, a moisture-resistant wood-based
core of high- or medium-density fiberboard, a decorative layer,
and a wear-resistant layer of melamine resins.
Laminate is fast becoming
a favorite alternative in many interior decorating plans. Laminate
flooring can also show the texture of ceramic tile and stone.
Laminate is easy and
quick to install because of its glueless installation. Laminate
comes with a type of tongue and grooved locking system which “clicks”
into position. All laminate floors require an underlayment that
is installed directly underneath the laminate planks or tiles.
This helps the floor float freely over the subfloor, adds a vapor
barrier and aids in noise reduction.
the laminate flooring that suites your needs.
Unlike hardwood, laminate floors will not stain, fade, dent and
are far more scratch and water resistant. Warranties range from
10 years to lifetime and cover such factors as mentioned above.
Entry level laminate wood flooring is designed for light traffic
areas and come with warranties ranging from 10 to 15 years. Most
people set their expectations too high and expect that entry level
floors will perform under heavy traffic conditions and still look
good for the duration of the warranty. This is however not the
case, as an entry level floor subject to high traffic will start
to show wear and tear within three to five years.
Laminate floors come
with cores ranging from 6mm up to 12mm. A thicker core is more
stable, less vulnerable to buckling and will sound more like real
hardwood when walked on. Good quality cores are treated with water
repellent chemicals, and resist swelling due to excessive moisture.
This is very important especially when considering placing laminate
wood flooring in bathrooms and kitchen. For these applications
also consider a floor that has Paraffin wax impregnated joints.
The Paraffin wax acts as a water repellent and will prevent topical
water spills from penetrating down to the core. Also remember
to scrutinize the warranty, as certain products are not covered
for use in bathrooms and kitchens.
Buying the floors that
suits your needs will save you money in the long run. This is
not to say that every home requires a high end floor with an extensive
warranty. Consider the amount of traffic as well as the amount
of time you intend staying in your current home. There is no point
in purchasing an expensive floor with an extended warranty if
you plan on moving in the near future. Remember, the floor is
usually the first thing replaced by people when moving to a new
Laminate wood flooring
offers the best combination of quality and value in a wide range
of colors, styles and designs and are also engineered engineered
for exceptional strength and durability and will last for years
and years. For a rich and long-lasting experience, at a home friendly
price, choose l-a-m-i-n-a-t-e; it's a natural look for your home
and for the way you want to live.