Laminate flooring is a technique or product used to achieve a wood floor appearance. In this sense, it is not the same as engineered wood.
It provides a cost-effective solution for people who want to get the wooden look for their floor.
Leeds Furnishing provides an extensive range of laminate floor products, all of which are created and installed using the latest technology and durable materials, so they may last longer than you would expect.
The lamination of these materials gives the floor impressive strength and rigidity.
The layer on the top is made of a transparent product, which protects it from the daily scratching and wear. Under this layer, décor paper is used to create the very real impression of a wooden surface.
The next layer is made from super strong fireboard, which gives the units their solid strength, and prevents the product from expanding too much when it is being fixed in place. The layer at the very bottom is the balancing layer, which ensures that the plank is totally straight. These floors are coated with a shield to prevent abrasion, and usually come with a warranty of several years.
The use of laminate flooring in a number of modern spaces provides an environment friendly and budget-compatible choice, which not only creates an authentic wooden look, but also prevents the layers underneath from degradation.
This flooring assembly uses a unique installation mechanism, which makes fixing it in place really simple and easy. The locking system means there is no glue or cement required.
Even though laminate flooring is not recommended in places where there is a lot of moisture or chances of spillage, one of the best things about it is that it needs very low maintenance, and you need not do oiling, coating, or sanding works on it.
Laminate flooring boards come in a range of thicknesses, including 7, 8, 10, and 12 mm. When buying, keep in mind that some manufacturers will include the thickness of the pads and the core in the overall measurement.
The level of thickness does not affect the amount of resistance it can provide as far as dents and scratches are concerned. The thickness usually becomes relevant when you consider the amount of bending that can be caused by uneven areas on the original floor.
The thicker the laminate board, the higher the prevention of bending, and there is also the advantage of lower noise transfer.
Even though laminate flooring requires little maintenance, there are many things you can do to increase the life and preserve its appearance. Some of these are:
- Trim the nails of your pets or keep them away from the floor
- When moving furniture, especially heavy items, lift them off the floor and do not drag them. You can also use corner pads for the legs of chairs and stools
Avoid using water and buy a special laminate floor cleaner for wiping