Denver and Boulder Colorado Hardwood Flooring Installation
What is Laminate Flooring?
Laminate flooring is a great alternative to site-finished solid or engineered hardwood flooring when you want the warmth and beauty of wood flooring without the installation and maintenance hassles.
This attractive flooring solution is available in a wide range of prices, colors and grains. It's also more scratch and dent resistant than hardwood flooring, which makes it the perfect choice for homes with active children or pets. Laminate flooring is the one of the most versatile, durable and well-constructed types of flooring on the market today.
Different Types of Laminate Flooring
Laminate Flooring is available in one of 2 types - planks and tiles. Flooring planks can be interlocking or tongue and groove where flooring tiles have tongue and groove edges.
How to Choose Laminate Floors
Laminates warranty range from 10 years to lifetime. Entry level laminates come with a 10 to 15 years warranty but they are designed for light traffic areas. Used in a high traffic area, they will begin to show wear and tear usually within 3 to 5 years.
Remember that choosing the right laminate flooring is not as easy as it seems, but by doing that, you will save money in the long run. Just think of things like the amount of time you are planning on staying in that house or the amount of traffic, because there is no point in buying really expensive laminate flooring with extended warranty if you know that you are moving sometime in the near future.
Also consider buying laminates with Paraffin wax impregnated joints, as this wax acts as a water repellent and prevents water from penetrating down to the core.
Technical Details - Laminate and Layers
Laminate Flooring is made up of six layers, and comes in varying sizes of either planks or squares with a tongue and groove interlocking system. Melamine is used as the surface layer. Melamine is a strong, clear material that is mixed with aluminum oxide particles.
When fused together with heat and directly to the core, the wear layer becomes an incredibly hard, durable finish. The resin-filled wear layer is so dense it becomes extremely difficult to stain, scratch, or burn.
The second layer is the print layer, which is the decorative layer that gives the flooring its appearance of real hardwood.
The third layer is a clear thin plastic sheet that floats freely above the substrate before the laminate floor is floated. Melamine is a plastic-type resin used throughout the construction process to add durability and stability to the laminated planks.
The thickest layer is the core, consists usually of high-density fiber board (HDF), to add resistance and also forms the tongue and groove locking system. Melamine plastic resins are used to improve moisture resistance of the core by some manufacturers.
Something you should consider when buying laminate flooring for bathrooms or kitchens is the core. A thicker core is more stable, less vulnerable and sounds more like the real hardwood floor when walked on.
Quality laminate cores are treated with water repellent chemicals. The melamine plastic backing is used to add more structural stability and moisture protection to the planks.
Installation of the Laminate Floor
Now that glue-less system has been introduced to the market, laminate flooring has become a great choice for households because it has a quicker installation, it's easier to repair, and it can be installed by homeowners without the experience or specialized tools. This will save you a considerable amount of money.
Installing laminate floors eliminates the need to nail or glue your floor in place. It is also a very attractive, low-cost, and long lasting flooring option. With an easy-to-clean surface, impact and dent resistance, laminate flooring can be installed over many different types of subfloors and on all grade levels, making it a versatile flooring choice.
Installing laminate floors can be used in any room in the house and in most commercial areas as long as they are flat and in solid condition. They can be installed over concrete, wood, ceramic tile, and even your existing linoleum floor.
Even though laminate floors can be installed in any room in the house, they should not be installed in garages or on outside porches. The biggest reason for this is moisture.
Each manufacturer will include easy-to-follow instructions and simplified interlocking clicking system mean that most do-it-yourselfers will be able to install an entire floor in one day. A laminated floor that is properly installed, protected, and maintained will go a long way to help your laminated floor last as long as your home.
There are many different manufactures of laminate flooring and as the laminate flooring producers continue to expand colors, styles, and increase quality, the growth of laminate flooring industry will continue.