MODERN LAMINATE FLOORING: TYPES, DESIGN, CARE, TIPS FOR SELECTION AND PROPER INSTALLATION

Laminate flooring is an excellent floor covering that appeared on our market relatively recently and has already proven itself. Laminate is obtained by hot pressing the most crushed wood fibers. There are several methods of laminate production: – direct pressing method; – high-pressure method (most often found in expensive collections); – and the direct printing method (the image is printed on the plate itself).

All laminate flooring has a huge variety of colors that will perfectly harmonize with your interior and design in the room or room. Moreover, it is very simple, using a laminate to create the effect of natural wood, granite, or marble right at home. Modern laminate is not afraid of bumps and falls of heavy objects, it is not afraid of moisture, or even some solvents that can be used to clean stains and paint. Laminate is considered an environmentally friendly material that easily replaced linoleum and gives a worthy competition to parquet. Price and quality, as well as ease of installation, allowed laminate to be called one of the best and most practical floor coverings.

laying laminate flooring

Laying laminate, although not a complex process, but requires certain knowledge and skills. If you do not have the necessary experience, or you simply do not have time, it is enough to call an experienced master home, as in the shortest possible time, a brand new laminate will be laid efficiently at your home. At the same time, a professional master will be able to give you some useful tips on what kind of laminate and in what quantity to buy.

Laminate flooring does not require special care, and it is easy to clean if necessary. You will be able without any problems to remove cracks and scratches with the help of special colored wax pencils. Laminate is a fairly strong floor covering that can last you a very long time and you can lay it in every room of your home or apartment.

disadvantages of laminate

Laminate has its drawbacks, which relate to the joints. Due to the joints, dust and moisture gets inside the coating and destroys it. To prevent this from happening, you should call an experienced master who will do everything correctly and efficiently. The cost of services is completely different and will depend on your situation. When the master comes to you, he will be able to conduct a full analysis of the necessary work, and then tell you how much it will cost, and what it takes.

MOISTURE-RESISTANT LAMINATE

 

Absolutely waterproof laminate can not be. The moisture-proof coating has special protective mechanisms to protect the connection area from the water. They are smeared with special mastic or impregnated with moisture-proof compounds. This type of laminate floor is called moisture-resistant. In addition, this laminate is impregnated with substances that prevent the appearance of mold or fungus, as well as inhibit their growth. Usually, moisture-resistant laminate is provided with an additional bottom layer.

Like all other types of laminate, moisture-resistant flooring is laid only on dry, hard, and smooth bases. Under the dies, a special film and substrate is laid, which softens possible” movements ” of the coating, which is not fixed rigidly to the floor, but turns out to be “floating”. In addition, the foam backing slightly evens out the minimum floor differences.

moisture-proof and water-resistant laminate

Despite the “moisture-resistant” label, the laminate can not withstand a significant amount of water for a long time. It must be removed as quickly as possible and wipe the surface with a dry cloth. If an apartment with laminate floors is flooded, you need to remove the water no later than 5-6 hours after the water hit, remove the skirting boards and thresholds and ventilate the room. You do not need to turn on additional heating devices to avoid swelling of the seams. Such a damaged laminate can not be repaired, you will have to re-lay the entire coating.

Moisture-resistant laminate requires a lot of effort and money in production and is more expensive than usual. But this coating allows you to use laminate in places where there is a threat of constant water ingress, for example, in the kitchen. This coating is indispensable in interiors with open spaces, where the kitchen, dining room, and sometimes living room are connected to one room.

The use of moisture-resistant laminate allows you to create a visually solid space without fear for the integrity of the floors. With certain reservations, moisture-resistant laminate can be laid in the bathroom. Of course, we are not talking about tiny bathrooms without Windows, typical for multi-story urban apartments. There are poor air circulation and a very high risk of flooding. But for country houses with large bathrooms that have Windows or even access to a balcony or terrace, the use of moisture-resistant laminate is quite justified. Of course, this will require additional moisture insulation and attention when laying laminate flooring-the moisture-resistant coating on the latches is easy to damage.

Following the proverb “a miser pays twice”, it is worth calculating in advance which type of laminate is best suited for a particular room. Moisture-resistant laminate is much better protected from moisture, which means that it will keep its perfect appearance longer.