A Brief Guide To Laminate Flooring

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring gives you many style and finish options, really stands up to scratches, dents and everyday wear as well as looking great. This laminate flooring guide will acquaint you with all the basics you need to make a decision regarding your own personal needs.

What Is Laminate Flooring

During the “lamination” process, this synthetic product seals several layers together in a way that is meant to be affordable as well as durable. There is an aluminum oxide filled wear layer that contributes to wear resistance and makes it easy to clean. The printed image, which recreates the timeless look of hardwood, stone or tile is called the decor layer. Next is the core layer. This layer is responsible for retaining structure and forbidding dents, which is a common problem with hardwood flooring. And lastly, the backing layer gives the laminate extra stability and structure.

Options In Laminate

Choosing your own thickness is one of the perks of laminate flooring. Thicknesses range from 7mm to 12mm, with thicker laminate standing up better to dents and uneven areas in your flooring. It can also keep noise at a minimum. With this in mind, you might choose a lesser thickness for areas that see little traffic while choosing thicker laminate for areas with high traffic, such as living rooms and entrance ways.

Care and Maintenance

Even though laminate in and of itself is meant to withstand more traffic and be easier to clean, there are still some tips to keep in mind to get the most out of your flooring option.

  • Use products that are specific to your flooring for best results.
  • Sweep one or more times per week, to resist scratching.
  • Do not allow spills to remain on flooring – clean up at once.
  • Use area rugs to reduce traffic wear and collect dirt and dust.
  • Keep pet nails trimmed to prevent scratching.

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