Laminated flooring has become a popular alternative to hardwood, marble and other traditional flooring materials in North America. This type of flooring can withstand high foot traffic as well as maintain its integrity over the years. If you are considering installing a new floor for your home or office, you may want to consider laminated flooring. Find out what’s good about laminated flooring so that you make an informed decision.
One of the good things about laminated flooring is that it can be installed virtually anywhere. Laminated flooring can be placed on top of existing floors or can be installed on the seafloor, as well. Laminated flooring is also available in a wide variety of styles and patterns that can match any style or theme of your home or office. Some flooring company even offer specialty finishes such as gold, oil rubbed bronze, cherry and more.
Another good thing about laminated flooring is that it comes in a wide variety of sizes, which makes it easy to install. There are also different levels of installation required. Most laminated flooring consists of a thin urethane coating over a melamine base. The urethane layer is bonded to the melamine core in a process called n-backing. This process seals the urethane layer from moisture, but can also prevent it from cracking due to temperature fluctuations. A urethane coating can be applied in numerous layers to increase the durability of your laminated flooring, but it is recommended that you only apply a thin, even layer to ensure optimal protection of your floor.
As mentioned above, there are many different types of laminated flooring installation techniques. You may find that some techniques work better with certain types of floors, while others may work better with others. Before deciding on a particular technique for your floor, make sure you test it out first. Also, keep in mind that not all laminate flooring installation methods are meant for all types of surfaces. For example, an oil trowel may damage your stone laminate floor, so be extra careful when using one of these tools.
Although most people think of laminated flooring installation when they hear the word engineered flooring, this kind of flooring actually has several types, including wood flooring. If you have hardwood floors in your home, you will want to choose wood flooring over engineered flooring, as the latter can damage your hardwood flooring. Engineered wood flooring can also be damaged if you are planning to install it over an existing sub-floor that has already been installed. Therefore, if you are planning to install engineered wood flooring over an existing hardwood floor, you may want to consider purchasing both wood flooring and hardwood flooring in order to ensure that your floor is installed correctly.
Composite or high density fiberboard is another type of laminated flooring that can be installed over a sub-floor made from solid wood. However, this type of product is often best installed over a plywood sub-floor. This is because solid wood products will often times compress together when installed over a plywood sub-floor. Although solid wood products will be more resilient and last longer, you will need to check this for yourself. Most retail stores sell both plywood and solid wood sub-flooring, and it may be best to ask the retailer which one is best for you.