|Characteristics of a Laminated Floor|
A Laminate flooring is becoming more popular today all over the world, even though it started as a strictly European innovation. Laminated flooring is a good option for houses and offices which require a low maintenance solution. Laminated flooring has been known to be a great choice for its durability, attractiveness, and being easy to install. Laminated flooring is very affordable when compared to other flooring options. However, despite the fact that laminate flooring is popular, there are a many misconceptions. Before one should consider buying laminate flooring, several myths have to be cleared up.
The biggest mistakes people make is confusing laminate flooring with solid hardwood flooring. The two should never be thought of as similar, (yet attractive laminate flooring can often resemble hardwood visually). Laminate flooring is not made of any real hardwood species. In fact, the surface of a laminate floor is actually a photograph, often of a hardwood species. Mind-boggling! This top, decorative layer, is sealed by a resin-based coating. This resin based coating gives the laminate flooring resistance to the many types of abrasion. The other two layers of laminate flooring are the core and backing layers. The core layer is most often made of high-density fiberboard, which serves as a means to absorb the stress of impact. The backing layer, (also known as the stabilizing layer), is the layer of the laminate flooring which binds all the other layer together.
One of the key characteristics of laminate flooring is how easy it is to install. Of the many designs, some of the more efficient designs are the glue free variety. With this variety, the laminate flooring is generally fitted together what is called a “tongue and groove” design, with interlocking elements that slide into place secure each row as it is laid down. Basically, unlike hardwood, no nails are required. Some types of laminate flooring feature more sophisticated locking systems. With some limited skills in carpentry, laminate flooring can be installed by “do it yourselfers” in most cases. Choosing to install laminate flooring cuts down on expenses, especially if you choose to not hire an installer, although many people do for the sake of convenience. Contractors also love laminate flooring, for it is a time-saving alternative to hardwood flooring allowing them to take on more contracts.