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Laminate flooring has been a popular choice in other parts of the world for many years
In Europe where the grading of laminate flooring is still the industry standard. Laminate flooring is made up of a core of dense fiberboard, and a top layer on which a photographed pattern is pressure sealed by a coating of plastic-like aluminum oxide. When you walk on a laminate floor that appears to be made of real wood, you are actually walking on a very realistic photograph! This sealed photographic, or décor layer, makes the laminate floor surface very durable and resistant to damage from high foot traffic, household pets, and light moisture. The core layer is thereby protected from moisture that might land on the top surface, although water spills or other moisture should be mopped up promptly and not allowed to sit on the floor.
Advantages of laminate flooring: installation
Beyond the laminate floor’s resistance to moisture, scratching, and staining, which allows the floor to be very low maintenance, one of the main draws of laminate flooring is the ease of its installation. Many types laminate flooring provide a "glueless" alternative, allowing each board to be connected by means of a tongue-and-groove design that clicks together to form a sturdily fastened surface. With some experience in light carpentry, a laminate floor is a good option for a proficient do-it-yourselfer. In this sense, installing laminate flooring yourself could save you the cost of hiring a professional. If you happen to be a professional, a laminate floor is a great time-saving option to offer to clients, allowing you to move to the next job with minimum fuss and maximum results.
When laying the first row of laminate flooring, it is important to leave a 10mm gap between the row and the wall to allow for expansion of the laminate flooring and avoid arching. When laying subsequent rows of laminate, stagger the seams to make sure that the laminate is securely interlocked across the entire surface. Once the laminate floor is laid, you can add moldings and skirting boards to complete the job.
Advantages of laminate flooring: subfloors
Another advantage in choosing laminate flooring is the versatility it allows on nearly any type of dry, clean, and level subfloor. Laminate flooring is a great alternative for two reasons that preclude hardwood flooring as an option. First because the laminate flooring reflects the aesthetic value for which hardwood floors are well known. Laminate flooring can achieve a similar look to that of hardwood flooring. Second, in the case where a subfloor is not compatible with the installation of hardwood flooring, either because of moisture levels or because the subfloor is of a variety (e.g. concrete) that does not allow the hardwood to be directly fastened to it.
Laminate flooring is extremely versatile and can be installed on nearly every type of subfloor, ranging from concrete, to a new wood subfloor, to an existing vinyl or ceramic subfloor, as long as the subfloor is level, clean, and dry. Laminate flooring can be installed with confidence in nearly any part of a home or office, with the exception of areas prone to extreme dampness or excessive moisture, such as bathrooms or laundry rooms. To protect against moisture that might come from underneath your laminate floor, it is recommended that a vapor barrier be installed, or at least that a moisture-protecting underlayment be used under the flooring