Lamination in itself simply means coupling two or more things together made up of different materials and sealing them tight. This creates a behemoth of choices when it comes to types of laminate flooring sometimes making it hard for the client to make a choice. Tile, stone and wood are some of the more popular materials used in the laminate flooring. Any design of tile, layout of stones or silhouette of wood can be purchased, laminated and assembled to create a beautiful, unique and desired floor.
If you are thinking about laminate flooring, here is a guide on the different types available that will help you make a choice on the type of laminate floor that will best suit your needs.
One way to decipher your laminate flooring is settling on the one installation model, one that you might prefer. Below are the few installation choices for laminate flooring.
- Glueless click. Majority of laminate flooring fall into this easy to install installation model. Moreover some laminate floors come with an already attached under pad which makes it much easier and faster to install the flooring. Without the pre-attached underpad, a separate underpad needs to be laid down prior to installation of the laminate flooring to add some cushioning to the floor and allow sound absorption.
- Glue laminate. This means that you will need to glue the materials to the floor. While this makes for a very durable floor, installation time and cost is much higher than that of using a preattached underpad.
- Pre-glued. In this scenario, the flooring joints have some glue applied onto them but you will need to moisten them to activate the glue prior to sealing them together.
Picking out the flooring based on the type of surface alone can leave you spoilt for choice especially now with the ever evolving floor surface designs.
- A few laminates have a textured finish. The impressions on the flooring aren’t an exact match to the grooves on regular printed laminate floors but the delicate floor grain can fool most into thinking it’s the same thing.
- If you are interested in hardwood floors to get that antique décor to fill your room, look no further than hand scraped laminate flooring. While this surface design was reserved primarily for solid hardwood or architecture floors, designs for laminate flooring are now available.
- This is a plain and simple finish sometimes likened to varnish that is often applied onto hardwood floors to give them a glossy finish. Low, medium and high smooth finishes are available.
- Embossed in Registration. This laminate flooring is carved out to match the prints on hard wood floors proving an authentic look.
If you are looking for the most durable laminate flooring, AC rating can prove as a useful guide into picking the strongest flooring for your house. AC which stands for Abrasion Class has fostered 5 different classes with varying levels of durability and use.
- AC1 moderate residential. This is suitable for light foot traffic maybe in bedroom or closets.
- AC2 general residential. Can withstand moderate foot traffic such as in the living and dining rooms.
- AC3 heavy residential. Built for high traffic residentials and can also double in light traffic commercial spaces like offices.
- AC4 general commercial. Can withstand all forms of residential and moderate traffic commercial spaces like restaurants and offices.
- AC5 heavy commercial. Built to withstand the busiest of commercial spaces like government buildings and department stores.
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