Laminate flooring is a fused together multi-layer synthetic flooring product using a lamination process (hence the name). Laminate flooring simulates wood and even stone in some cases, with a photographic finish layer under a clear protective layer. The inner core layer is composed of melamine resin and fiber board materials.
It has the advantages that it is durable, as compared with carpet, and attractive, at a lower cost as compared to natural floor materials.
Laminate floors are reasonably for the do-it-yourself homeowner to install. For best results and warranty may be preferred to use a professional installer.
Laminate flooring are packaged as a number of tongue and groove planks – these can be clicked into one another. Installed laminate floors typically “float” over the sub-floor on top of a foam/film underlayment, which provides moisture and sound-reducing properties. A small (1-10mm) gap is required between the flooring and any immovable object such as walls, this allows the flooring to expand without being obstructed.
Skirting boards provide a tidy finish to the installation of the laminate.
It is important to keep laminate clean, as dust, dirt and sand particles may scratch the decorative surface over time in high-traffic areas. It is also important to keep laminate relatively dry, since sitting water/moisture can cause the planks to swell, warp, etc, though some brands are equipped with water-resistant coatings. Water spills aren’t a problem if they’re wiped up quickly, and not allowed to sit for a prolonged period of time.
Adhesive felt pads are often placed on the feet of furniture on laminate floors to prevent scratching.
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