Laminate Flooring – Exotic Yet Strong, Modern Flooring Choice
Traditional flooring surfaces have substituted by many modern alternatives. Among these flooring products, laminate flooring is one of the popular flooring surfaces on the market. Laminate flooring provides economical flooring simulating almost all types of natural surfaces, colors and textures. But this is not the reason behind popularity of laminated flooring. Though it provides wood, stone surface flooring at lesser cost and provides splendid variety as natural surfaces, it is extremely durable with its strong and rigid nature. If you are looking for different modern flooring options and want to know about laminate flooring, here it is.
What Is Laminate Flooring?
The strength of laminated flooring is in its structure. The multiple layers of different types of materials are fused together using a distinct lamination process to offer laminate flooring. It comprises of four different layers which offer specific characteristics to the flooring. These four layers include –
- Wear layer – This top protective layer is made of clear coat of aluminum oxide. The wear layer comes in low to high gloss features. The wear layer is intended to protect flooring from scratches, dents or fading because of sunlight.
- Photographic layer – The layer incorporates multiple sheets of photographic design/pattern laminated with melamine resin. This layer provides color, pattern and textures like wood grains to the products. The advanced technology offers the realistic look and feel of natural surfaces to the laminate flooring.
- Fiberboard layer – This layer is formed of medium density or high density fiberboard, usually known as MDF or HDF. They are made of wood fibers which are fused together by compressing with resin and adhesive. This layer makes the flooring moisture resistant.
- Backing layer – This bottom most layer is made of plastic, melamine or paper. It gives stability to flooring, hence known as balancing layer. It also possesses moisture resistance properties.
All these layers are fused together using heat and pressure. The thickness of laminate flooring depends on its layers and grade of the products. Typically 6mm to 12mm thick laminate flooring is available on the market. The products with 6mm-8mm thickness are generally used for residential flooring while higher thickness products are commercial heavy duty products.
Endless Alternatives For Selection
The laminate flooring domain comes with endless alternatives in terms textures, colors, patterns as well as types of surfaces and installation options.
Types of Laminate Flooring Surfaces
Earlier, laminate flooring had the only basic surface but now, it is available in a variety of surface features like –
- Smooth surface – This plain finish is just like varnished hardwood flooring. But you can have alternatives to choose from low gloss to medium or high finishes.
- Embossed in registration – This surface reflects the genuine look of wood grains and textures to laminate flooring.
- Textured or embossed – This surface mimics the grains and patterns that give the similar look to the flooring.
- Distressed surface – It is also known as hand scraped surface which gives antique look to the flooring.
Choose the Type of Installation
Laminated flooring products provide easy installation with their different built-in features. These products come with –
- Glued laminate flooring – Just glue the joints to get the strong flooring. The installation costs for this flooring is a bit higher than other types of products.
- Glue-less click – The glue-less click clock flooring is widely preferred because of its simple and least expensive installation process. Some products come with under-pad which provide cushion, insulate sound and resist moisture. But if it is not there, the thin vapor barrier plastic underlayment needs to be placed on the floor before installation.
- Pre-glued flooring – The tiles are glued on their joints and base. It may require moistening it to make the glue active and fuse together firmly.
Benefits of Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring excels over other types of flooring products with its superb features and properties. Thus, installing laminate flooring offers excellent benefits such as –
- Authentic and exotic look and feel – Laminate flooring can mimic all types of natural surfaces including hardwood and stones. You will find exact colors and patterns like mahogany, oak, maple and pine hardwood flooring in laminate flooring.
- Strong and durable – Multi-layered structure of laminate flooring makes it stronger and long lasting. Almost all laminate flooring products come with 30 years warranty.
- Scratch and stain resistant – Like vinyl flooring, this flooring is also stain and scratch resistant.
- No shading of colors – The top protective coating in this flooring helps prevent shading of colors over time. Even the flooring comes in contact with sunlight the shading of color is not seen on laminate flooring.
- Easy cleaning and maintenance – Homeowners with kids and pets can also think of laminate flooring as cleaning and maintenance of laminate flooring is easy. Dry mopping or sponge mopping cleans the floor. Clean the floor with laminate floor cleaner products or mixture of vinegar and water at regular time intervals and flooring looks fresh.
How To Clean Laminate Flooring
Though laminate flooring provides exact hardwood and stone surface flooring, the cleaning methods for laminate flooring differ significantly. Here are some methods which you can use to clean the flooring –
- Dry mop the floor twice or thrice weekly as per the traffic and cleaning requirements.
- If you are vacuum cleaning the floor, use the soft brush attachments.
- You can sponge mop with clean water in case of stains or debris on the floor.
- Do not use cleaners made for hardwood, linoleum or tiles for laminate flooring as it leaves a soapy finish on the floors.
- You can use mixture of equal parts of water and vinegar to clean laminate flooring. There are many laminate floor cleaners available on the market. You can make your own laminate flooring cleaner adding equal parts of vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water.
Laminate flooring is not recommended for areas with high moisture levels, especially bathroom areas. If the moisture enters in core of the flooring, it swells and it can get infected by mold and mildew.
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