Laminate is one of the most commonly used flooring materials. Modern laminate, covered with special layers to look like wood. Its scope is very wide: from houses and apartments to offices with a huge daily load. Compared to parquet, it is less prone to scratches and dents.
Depending on the quality characteristics, the laminate is divided into classes, and each class differs in certain characteristics by type of load. Laminate in the hallway, for example, will be subjected to more stress than in the bedroom. In the case of laying laminate in your apartment or house, you need to consider its classes in more detail.
For premises such as train stations or supermarkets, that is, for places with a huge load and heavy traffic, class 33 laminate is intended, called industrial coating. Such a laminate has an anti-slip board structure and will last about 30 years.
For the living room, kitchen, small shops, class 32 laminate is suitable, which is resistant to heavy loads and can last up to 20 years. In a children’s room or bedroom, it would be best to lay a class 31 laminate that can withstand moderate loads. Such a laminate usually lasts up to 15 years.
Choosing a laminate class, you should think about its thickness and quality. The higher the grade, the greater the strength of the material. In a high-quality laminate there will be no holes and potholes due to the good docking of the lock.
When choosing a thickness, the most popular option for apartments will be a laminate with 7.8 mm. If there are even floor spaces in the room, you can choose a thin material, because the load will be distributed evenly.
To hide irregularities and insulate the floors, a litter is placed under the laminate. Choosing a cheap laminate, you need to know that he is “afraid” of water. It should be wiped only with a semi-dry cloth, otherwise the material may rise in places of locks.
The quality of the laminate depends on its price. The most expensive material is used for laying in damp rooms, it contains an impregnation that prevents water penetration. Home laminate should be wiped with a rag, but not very often. It has a “washable” function. But there is another type of laminate, whose washing is strictly prohibited.
Laminate flooring fits modern design. It creates comfort and a beautiful look, and is available in a huge range of colors.