Published at Friday, May 24th, 2019 - 23:32:34 PM. Laminate Flooring. By Jean Baptiste Prost.
Consumers have been discovering that there are a lot of advantages to having laminate floors installed in their homes instead of the more traditional hardwood flooring. For starters, laminate flooring is made of anywhere from three to seven layers of materials making it very durable. One of the layers of the laminate flooring controls the look of the floor. It is made by using photographic images that cause the floors to look like authentic hardwoods with grain, color, and even knots. Since laminate technology relies on photographic images, many more designs can be used than are available in solid hardwoods. Even when using a standard wood image, such as an oak grain, the two looks will be somewhat different. No two boards of solid hardwoods will ever be exactly the same due to the natural graining and flaws in the wood, but the patterns in laminates are repeated over and over. Rather than being a disadvantage in laminate floors, this is actually a plus in that if you need to replace a damaged plank in your laminate floor, it will be much easier to find a new one that will match your floor exactly.
Originating as a company making lacquered boards for the shipbuilding industry, Alloc started production of high pressure laminate flooring in 1992. In 1996 it introduced a mechanical locking system that allows the laminate boards to be laid without glue. Originally, most laminate floors replicated only the most in-demand wood floors. As laminate grew in popularity however, other looks were introduced, including highly realistic stone and marble. Unlike solid wood or engineered wood flooring products which are usually nailed or glued to the sub floor, laminate flooring floats on the sub floor. The individual strips or planks of many laminate systems snap together while other systems do require the application of small amount of adhesive along the joints. Unlike traditional hardwood floors, laminate floors do not require periodic sanding and refinishing. The top protective layer is all that's needed. Unlike hardwood flooring, there is no need to polish your laminate floor. You can simply clean it with wet cloth and vacuum cleaner to dust out the dirt.
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