Its advantages are undoubtedly its appearance and its price. Laminate, also called “floating floor”, gives an almost perfect wood appearance. Cheaper than stave or parquet, laminate flooring is also found in a multitude of colors, types of wood, and nowadays it also imitates ceramic and cement.
Floating floors for their installation do not use nails, screws or glue; they rest on any smooth, firm and dry surface by means of an assembly between the pieces.
Laminate flooring is generally made up of four layers:
- The top layer is made up of special resins that form a laminate that gives the floor high durability and fire resistance.
- The second layer is based on the imitation wood design (a high quality print or photograph).
- The thickest layer (the true body of the floating floor) is made up of chipboard (planks made of wood chips), plus an anti-humidity treatment.
- The last layer is made up of a stabilizing balance sheet that provides support and stability to the floor. Some floating floors include a sound reducing sheet to improve their acoustic property.
It is resistant, hygienic and easy to clean. It is a very accessible material.
Laminate flooring is very versatile. So it is best to install new floorings for winter with modern, resistant and economical parts, they also present benefits due to their practical maintenance and cleaning. As such, it is ideal for indoor environments. In addition, it is produced with renewable materials, excellent for those who like environments with the rustic and cozy look of wood, in a sustainable way. For all these reasons, they won the preference of architecture professionals and clients. Still have questions about this coating? Check out the advantages of laminate flooring:
1. Quick installation
First, the easy installation and the excellent cost-benefit ratio, when compared to other floors, are among the biggest advantages of laminates. Even more, they can be easily applied on other floors, as long as they are level and free from moisture. In addition, there are options that are installed with glue, by an adhesive system, or through a snap-in system. The main advantage is that you get a new coating practically, quickly and without dirt.
Laminate flooring is known for mimicking the appearance of different types of wood and has a wide variety of colors, patterns, textures and sizes that match the most varied styles of decor. Therefore, it allows the mixing of elements, creating a unique pagination. As a result, we feel the warmth and warmth of wood without harming the environment.
3. Cleaning and Maintenance
Among the many benefits of this type of floor, the ease of cleaning and maintenance definitely stands out. Just vacuum or sweep, pass a damp cloth and then a dry one for cleaning. It is also possible to clean with a little neutral detergent. Or even specific products for the material, which are now easily found on the market.
The useful life of a laminate lasts an average of 10 years, after this period it is recommended to replace the damaged parts. As it is very resistant to scratches and possible breakages, it has a high durability. That way it lasts a long time and you won’t need to change it anytime soon. However, to obtain this benefit, care must be taken daily, avoiding dragging furniture and other objects on the floor.
Another advantage is that laminates are already produced with chemical components that do not attract termites.
5. Thermal and acoustic comfort
Environments coated with this material are also usually warmer, as it is installed on polyethylene blankets, which works as an excellent thermal insulator. Allowing the environment to become more comfortable to walk barefoot even on the coldest days.
Likewise, laminate flooring can also receive a layer of cork that helps to make the environment quieter, which is perfect for bedrooms and living rooms.