Know The Quality Before Purchase Online
Laminate flooring has continued to dominate the flooring industry over the past couple of years. These beautifully designed floors have the elegance and durability of hard wood floors minus the hefty price tag incurred from purchasing the wood itself and its installation. And with improving technology, engineers have been able to create better and more versatile laminate innovations. While this creates more variety, it can be overwhelming and even daunting for most homeowners trying to pick out good quality laminate flooring that will best suit their needs. In order to pick out a new laminate that will serve you well for a very long time, you should not be afraid to explore and ask questions about the materials and various choices available. The more information you acquire, the more likely that you will make the right choice and pick the right quality of product to meet your flooring needs.
Below are a few tips that will help you in picking out high quality laminate flooring.
- Ask the salesperson about the flooring’s grade and level of use. There is a three level scale when it comes to grading of laminate flooring; good, better and best. This grading system helps determine the durability, quality, moisture resistance, length of the warranty (tends to be 15-30 years), variations in pattern and cost of the flooring material, the higher the grade, the more expensive the laminate. Grades also help in determining the appropriate use for the flooring material be it in high traffic areas such as restaurants or low traffic areas that experience minimal wear and tear such as residential living rooms.
A combination of numbers is used to express the flooring’s level of use. The first number is used to indicate the flooring’s suitability for residential homes while the second number shows its application for commercial spaces. These numbers are often indicated on brochures and displayed on product packages.
Moreover, laminate is graded using an AC rating which indicate the flooring’s ability to withstand stains, burns, dents, moisture and abrasions. Bottomline, the AC rating lets shoppers know whether the flooring material is suitable for residential or commercial use depending on the amount of traffic. AC1, AC2 and AC3 indicate use for light, moderate and heavy residential use including bedrooms, living rooms or light traffic offices. AC4 and AC5 ratings are suitable for high traffic commercial spaces such as restaurants and department stores.
- Ask to have a look at the sample of laminate flooring installed at the department store. Assess the alignment of the floor boards keenly looking any imbalances or gaps. High quality laminates should lock together effortlessly and create a smooth flat surface.
- Inquire as to whether the flooring material is high pressure or direct. Both of these designs make for functional laminates but high pressure flooring is molded from improved technology therefore tends to be of better quality.
- Check the label on the flooring product and ask about the laminate’s ISO’s rating. High quality flooring laminate has an ISO rating of 9001.
- Again check the label for a NALFA (North American Laminate flooring Association) certification seal. NALFA only certifies flooring material that has been put through ten quality assurance tests and including stain and moisture resistance under varying amounts of stress.
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