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Laminate Flooring Basic's

laminate floor types

Laminate flooring comes in many different types and styles. Part of the appeal of laminate flooring is in the selection of different flooring styles you can imitate.

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Varieties of Laminate Floors

Find out the basic types of flooring that laminate can be made to resemble.

  • Hardwood Laminate: From standard woods like pine to exotics like Brazilian cherry, laminate can offer the appearance of all the most popular hardwoods.
  • Stone Laminate: You can get the look of slate, marble, and more with laminate floors.
  • Tile Laminate: With special textures and colors for different types of tile, you can get a gorgeous look without the high prices of real tile.

What is Laminate

WHAT IS A LAMINATE FLOOR?

Quick-Step is a laminate floor. The base of a Quick-Step floor is a watertight, glued HDF board(High Density Fibre Board). This is covered with a design layer and a transparent overlay against wear and tear. Underneath, a barrier layer stops rising damp and prevents the boards from deforming

The design layer is a photo of wood or tiles that is printed on paper. This paper is submerged in melamine resin. This is covered with a very strong and transparent protective layer. The melamine layers are pressed on the HDF board in a press, under high pressure and temperature. In addition, a wood or tile structure is also pressed into the top layer. For example, the oak designs have a wood texture that coincides exactly with the wood pattern. The highly refined printing technique means that you can hardly tell the difference between the photo and real wood. So you can have a "wooden floor" in your home without sacrificing valuable trees. In addition, you don't have to worry about the disadvantages of a wooden floor. There's a Quick-Step laminate floor for every budget; they are easy and fast to install (yourself) and easy to maintain.

Laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product, fused together with a lamination process. Laminate flooring simulates wood (or stone, in some cases) with a photographic applique layer under a clear protective layer. The inner core layer is usually composed of melamine resin and fiber board materials. There is sometimes a glue backing for ease of installation. It has the advantages that it is durable, as compared with carpet, and attractive, at a lower cost as compared to natural floor materials,  carpets and wipe clean no stains.

So laminate is a picture of wood, stone or tile laminated onto surface of melamine resin (hard, thermosetting plastic material) & fiber board. That creates an illusion of real wood

Laminate Floor Installation

Before deciding which laminate floors you want, decide how and where you want to install them. This will dictate what type of laminate you need.

  • Glueless laminate flooring: These laminate floors snap together at the edges with a tongue and groove locking system, eliminating the need for messy glue. Well known brand is Quick Step

    Note:
    If you're installing laminate on grade, below grade, or in other areas subject to moisture, you'll also need a thin plastic underlayment to prevent seeping moisture from below.
  • Laminate floorings with underlayment attached: These glueless planks come with an included underlayment, so all you need to do is snap them into place.
  • Glued laminate flooring: If you want tough laminate floors, try these. A strong glue applied to the tongue and groove edges creates a floor whose planks are nearly impossible to pull apart.
  • Pre–glued laminate flooring: Rather than applying the glue separately, these planks have the glue already applied, so you can snap the planks into place. Check the installation instructions, as some edges have to be dampened in order to activate the glue.

Laminate Surfaces

When it comes to laminate floors, how they feel is just as important as how they look. As you browse the different types of surface textures for laminate floors, keep in mind that much of your comfort relies on the floor's underlayment.

  • Embossed: A raised surface pattern that is created by applying heat and pressure to the laminate.
  • Smooth: Ideal for laminate floors made to resemble materials like stone or marble, smooth laminate flooring offers a texture–free surface.
  • Wood–grain: This type of laminate flooring emulates the texture of wood–grain and can be made to resemble hand–scraped planks, aged wood floors, and more.
  • Distressed: Made to resemble old, well–used floors in look and feel, distressed laminate floors offers a lived–in look to newer spaces.
  • Patina: To create the appearance of a patina, a thin layer of paint is applied to an embossed laminate floor surface and then wiped away, leaving paint in the indented spaces.

Laminate Floor Construction

There are two types of laminate floor construction: high–pressure laminate (HPL) and direct–pressure laminate (DPL). The one that's ideal for your home depends upon how much traffic you anticipate the floor receiving. Learn the pros and cons of DPL flooring and HPL flooring.

  • Direct–pressure laminate flooring: This laminate floor type is constructed by pressing the four layers of laminate flooring (the backing layer, core layer, decorative layer, and wear layer) together at over 600 pounds of pressure per inch at temperatures of around 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • High–pressure laminate flooring: Manufactured similarly to DPL flooring except that the backing layer and the top wear layer  is treated separately. These layers are then fused directly to the core layer, creating strong floors that can handle very heavy traffic. HPL flooring is generally more expensive than DPL flooring.

Abrasion Class (AC) Rating for Laminate Floors

Make sure your laminate floors can handle the anticipated amount of indoor foot traffic by checking it's AC Rating. The AC Rating classifies laminate floors by the expected amount of traffic, or use.

  • AC1 Moderate Residential: These laminate floors will only stand up to light residential use, and are best for locations like closets or bedrooms.
  • AC2 General Residential: Able to handle moderate foot traffic and can be used in most residential spaces such as dining rooms or living rooms.
  • AC3 Heavy Residential/Moderate Commercial: Fine for every room in the house including high–traffic rooms and commercial spaces with light traffic (i.e. small offices or hotel rooms).
  • AC4 General Commercial: Suitable for all residential uses as well as more heavily trafficked commercial spaces like offices, cafes, and boutiques.
  • AC5 Heavy Commercial: Recommended only for commercial use in high–traffic spaces like department stores and public buildings.


Laminate Pricing

Tempted by discount laminate flooring? Read this section before you commit.

  • Regular price laminate flooring: If you don't want to deal with possibly replacing your laminate floors soon after you install them, you're best off saving up for higher–quality laminate flooring. Look at all your options before purchasing and make sure you're getting your money's worth.

    Note: The higher the AC Rating, the higher the price. If your home only faces moderate traffic, you don't need anything higher than an AC3 rating.
  • Discount laminate flooring: When you're choosing cheaper laminate floors, you could either end up with discontinued products or leftovers of poorly–made floors or rejected faulty planks. If you want to avoid the latter, look for thicker floors with good–quality backings, strong edges, and a valid warranty and stick known brand names. Keep in mind that if you're purchasing a discontinued product, you'll want to buy extra planks of wood, enough excess so you can make repairs if needed because chances are these are end of line stocks that manufactures will never make again and are trying to get ride of old-end-of-line stockpiles
  • Be weary of ebay sellers. It may seem like a good deal but you have no idea what they are selling is real. Ebay is overrun with fake flooring products. So you don't want to be ripped off by ebay sellers. They are not regulated and are very hard to trace.
  • When making a large purchase for your home such as laminate flooring or real wood flooring that is used every day. It is better to buy locally so you have some piece of mind if something goes wrong. That you have a full warranty and you know the product is genuine. Branded manufacturers have unique identification numbers for every pack of genuine flooring sold and warranties are matched to this information.
  • It makes sense to purchase from a reputable dealer such as Allfloors in Romford we are a official QuickStep, Elka, Balterio, Aqua Step, Bellefloors, Goodfellas, Egges, HDM, Katndean Supplier in UK. This means we are supplied directly from all the leading brands. Our products are directly from branded manufacturers. 100% genuine, full warranties, no middlemen and directly to you. 

Buying from Local Retailer

Advantages

  • Personal service: You can visit or contact an individual directly.like All floors in Romford. We are real people, a real person on the phone and your able to see us in person for advice and help.
  • See the product yourself: You can view different types of laminate flooring samples available in person; see and feel the different textures in person, and take various samples home to see how they fit in with your environment and furnishings. It is also important to see the quality of the product.
  • Easy follow–up: Any questions or concerns can be addressed in person or on the phone. We are local to you.
  • Installation: All floors in Romford  not only sell real wood material but also offer full installation services.
  • Measuring and estimating: This is one of the most important features that is offered by a retailer as they cam save you money and time by measuring and estimating the right amount of flooring you will need. Knowing the amount of material needed can save on wastage. This helps prevent over/under ordering and returns. time delays.


Laminate Buying & Pricing Guide

The price of laminate flooring is determined by various factors. This section provides important information on different aspects that can affect the cost of your laminate floors. When buying laminate, refer to this section and use our Laminate Buying Guide checklists to keep track of expenses and floor estimates.

Abrasion Class Rating System (AC Rating)

Laminate flooring cost is directly influenced by its level of durability. The more durable laminate floors come with a higher price tag, as more work goes into their production. Keep in mind that while the more durable laminate types are thicker – thickness is not always an indication of strength. In order to determine the actual laminate floor strength, check the AC Rating.

  • AC1 Moderate Residential: This low–priced laminate flooring is best for lightly–trafficked residential spaces like bedrooms or closets.
  • AC2 General Residential: AC2 laminate floors suit spaces like living rooms and dining rooms which see medium levels of traffic.
  • AC3 Heavy Residential/Moderate Commercial: This mid–priced laminate flooring is suitable for all rooms in the house and lightly–trafficked commercial spaces. (Few residential spaces will require laminate floors with an AC rating higher than 3).
  • AC4 General Commercial: Suitable for all rooms in the house and commercial areas with heavier traffic.
  • AC5 Heavy Commercial: Tends to be the priciest variety of laminate flooring; generally only necessary for high–traffic spaces like public buildings or department stores.

Core

The core is one of the most important laminate layers as it determines floor durability. Laminate floors with denser cores can handle more wear and tear than types with weak centers. This provides more stability and greater resistance to moisture damage and denting.

Construction

In High Pressure Laminate (HPL), the laminate layers are treated separately and then fused directly to the core; creating a stronger (and therefore more expensive) floor than Direct Pressure Laminate (DPL).

Decorative Layer

The decorative layer of laminate is a high resolution photograph of wood, tile or stone. This photograph is what helps laminate to replicate the look of these other materials. High–quality print material and higher resolution photos will result in higher pricing.

Backing

Backing is an important component in laminate flooring. Beware! Lower quality laminate has a thin backing providing little protection making your floors susceptible to water damage.

Warranty

Depending on where you purchase your laminate flooring materials, different warranties may be offered. Be sure to ask if there is a warranty included and flooring manufacturer offers an extended warranty. branded laminate flooring such as Quick-step offer full warranties  some ranges last up to 20 years.

Brand/ Label/ Manufacturer

When it comes to the cost of laminate floors and materials, brand name makes a difference. Certain brands or manufacturers that have more recognition are generally more expensive than plain label or unknown entities due to their professional reputation, time in the industry, and proven quality product. Good warranty lengths. By default, a lesser–known brand may not necessarily have a lower quality product, but the popularity and therefore usage and proven quality may not be comparable to a company with a well–established reputation such as Quick Step. Elka, Baterio.


Consider your Environment

Your Environment

Real Wood over time and with extreme humidity, extreme dryness and/or temperature exposure can cause your wood floors to expand and contract. Fortunately, there are ways in which you can reduce these harmful environmental effects and increase the longevity of your wood floors. Use the following guide when thinking about your new flooring.

Humidity and Temperature

While laminate flooring can handle higher and lower extremes of humidity better than other types of flooring (such as real hardwood and real bamboo flooring), laminate is still made from wood fiber and can still suffer damage in extremes. Try to avoid installing laminate in rooms that receive high levels of humidity; such as an unventilated bathroom that's frequently used for long showers. (or install the right laminate such as Aqua Step which is waterproof laminate flooring suitable for bathrooms and shower areas.)

Recommendation: To prevent damage to laminate flooring caused by extreme dryness or humidity levels, use a humidifier (for low humidity or dry climates) or a dehumidifier (for high humidity) to reduce expanding. How they work: a humidifier releases moisture into the air, while a dehumidifier absorbs and traps moisture from the air.

Sunlight

Some laminate floors come with a surface wear layer designed to prevent fading from sunlight exposure. Laminate floors that do not come with this fade–protective coat can fade and discolor from sun exposure. (UV protection)

Recommendations: Look for laminate with a surface wear layer that minimizes sunlight damage, called UV protection. Some manufacturers also offer floor warranties that cover fading.

Traffic

Where some laminate floors are made to only handle moderate residential traffic, others are designed for commercial use and can withstand excessive wear and tear. The amount of traffic your laminate floors can handle depends on how it rates according to the Abrasion Rating System (AC rating). All manufacturers use this rating system to denote the durability level of their laminate floors.

Recommendation: For an extremely durable laminate floor, choose floors with an AC3 rating or higher. These types are designed to withstand heavy levels of traffic.

Room–by–Room Practicality

Laminate flooring works well in most household areas and can accommodate many lifestyle needs. Before running out to purchase materials for your laminate flooring project, read our recommendations for laminate in different rooms in your home.

General Rooms

Living Room/ Bedroom/ Office/ Den

Some types of laminate floors are tough enough to stand up to a great deal of residential traffic, making them ideal for living rooms or dens.

Recommendation: Make sure that the AC rating of your laminate floors match the level of traffic you expect in that area. (Keep in mind that higher AC ratings denote stronger laminate types). Also, note that High Pressure Laminate (HPL) is more durable than Direct Pressure Laminate (DPL). HPL is comprised of 5 or more laminate layers and can withstand a higher level of traffic than DPL – which only consists of 4 layers. To learn more about the differences of HPL and DPL, refer to our Types of Laminate section.

Wet Area Rooms

Bathroom/ Kitchen

The resiliency of most laminate floors makes them a good choice for kitchens; however caution still must be taken to ensure floor's performance. Laminate flooring is made using wood materials, and just as with other wood floor types, standing water can cause damage. This is one reason why many manufacturers do not recommend laminate installation for bathrooms unless it is designed.water-proof laminate flooring such as AquaStep water proof flooring

Recommendation: When installing laminate in kitchens and bathrooms, make sure that caulk (compound used to seal joints and cracks) is applied around areas that may suffer leaking water. This includes the entire perimeter of the room and every place where joints are glued together. Some manufacturers do not honor warranties when laminate is installed in the kitchen or bathroom incorrectly– so make sure that you refer to the manufacturer's guidelines or speak to a flooring professional prior to purchase. All Floors will help you make the right choice so talk to us.

Lifestyle Elements

Before purchasing laminate flooring for your home, many factors should be considered. Do you have pets? Do you have children? Do you have special needs? While it's important to choose a floor which accentuates the natural charm of your home, it's just as, if not more important to choose flooring which best compliments your lifestyle. Read the following section to learn how laminate floor accommodates different needs.

Pets: Laminate holds up well to most pet use. However larger pets with claws and nails can scratch the surface on some types of cheaper laminate. Floor damage incurred by pets is not covered by manufactures warranty, so preventative measures are recommended.

Recommendation: One way to minimize surface scratches is by keeping pet nails trimmed. You can also lay down area rugs in popular pet areas, such as doorways, hallways, and living room. Some manufacturers and local flooring retailers have color–coordinated pencils you can use to fill in scratches that are already in the laminate.

Children

Laminate flooring is designed to handle wear and tear better than carpets or other wood types  (such as hardwood and bamboo), making it a good choice for children. The more cost–effective option, Direct Pressure Laminate (DPL), is made up of 4 different layers: backing, core, and decorative. The core is comprised of a high density fiberboard (HDF) which allows the floor to handle the shock of localized impacts (such as dropped objects and toys) without denting. Laminate also doesn't stain easily – making it an ideal surface for kids who are prone to spills.

Recommendation: Tough spots – such as oil, crayon, paint and ink – can be removed with acetone (nail polish remover) and a clean cloth. Always try to clean an inconspicuous area first to be assured that the cleaner will not damage for the laminate floor. Minimize markings and dirt spots by placing rugs in areas where children most commonly play. (Make sure that any rugs and mats you use are non–slip to prevent accidents). For more active kids, choose a laminate floor with a high AC rating (AC3 and up) to reduce the risk of damage.

Noise insulation

The smooth hard surface of laminate has a tendency to amplify indoor sound. In order to reduce the level of noise in your home, consider installing an underlayment. Underlayments are placed between the sub–floor and laminate surface, and certain types have sound deadening properties that can even minimize overhead noise (when installing upstairs). There are two types of ratings that measure the insulation properties of certain materials: (1) Impact Insulation Class (IIC) which measures the response of material upon contact with footsteps and dropped objects, and (2) Sound Transmission Class (STC) that measures a material's response to airborne noise such as music. When purchasing an underlayment for sound, look for either of these ratings.

Recommendation: Solid cork and standard foam underlayments are popular for their density and resiliency. You can also purchase laminate flooring with an underlayment already attached. This option can reduce the time and cost for overall installation.

Special Needs

Wheelchair floor damage can be both inconvenient and costly to fix. If you or someone in your household uses a wheelchair, it's important to choose a suitable floor surface. Laminate floor types (AC3 and up) are ideal for wheelchair and walker users because they're more durable and resilient.

Recommendation: Choose a smooth surface over embossed and a High Pressure Laminate (HPL) with an AC rating of 3 or higher. For more flooring options





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Installation

Laminate floors are reasonably easy for a do-it-yourself. Homeowners can install laminate flooring easily. Laminate flooring is packaged as a number of tongue and groove planks.and these planks can be clicked into one another very easily..

Installed laminate floors typically "float" over the sub-floor on top of a foam/film/fiber board underlay, 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 by walls. Wood is organic substance that expand and contracts with changing weather.

Skirting boards can be removed and then reinstalled before and after laying of the flooring is complete for a neater finish, or small beading trims can be fitted to the baseboards (skirting boards). Saw cuts on the planks are usually required at edges, and around closet and door entrances.

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Care

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, 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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Inferior glueless laminate floors may gradually become separated, creating visible gaps between planks a;lways buy quality branded laminate such as Quick-Set. Beware of Ebay-sellers selling  Inferior laminate floors. Its is always better to buy locally from a expert who you come back to if you have a problem