The Basics of Laminated Flooring
This type of flooring originated in Europe but is gaining popularity in the US and Canada due to the fact that it is easy to install, offers the same warm and sophisticated look a wooden floor offers and is relatively inexpensive compared to hardwood. Here are a few basics of laminated-flooring and what you should expect once you have it installed.
What Is Laminate Flooring Made of?
Laminate flooring is made up of several layers of synthetic material with a hard surface, which is usually aluminum oxide. The appearance of the laminates can be anything you desire from natural wood to stone depending on your house decor and personal taste, as you can find them in any color or design of choice. Wood particles or high-density fiberboard is generally what makes the core of the laminate-flooring with the final layer, which is also known as backings made of water resistant high quality materials in order to ensure durability and damage control.
The great part about laminate is that you can install it yourself if you have minimal carpentry skills and that will save you a great deal of money in the process. Laminates come in tiles or planks, which can be glued directly to almost any type of surface without needing to use nails in order to put it together.
Special glue is required depending on the type of sub floor you will be applying the laminate floors onto. Some new floors don’t even need glue; they can be snapped together. Our own Step by Step guides on how to install laminate-flooring, will be available shortly. We are also working on Laminate-Flooring instructional video.
The Advantages of Laminate-Floors
Many people choose laminate flooring today over hardwood because firstly they are affordable secondly, easy to maintain and thirdly provide custom made colors, designs and appearances in order to match your home or office décor. Besides, you can install them fast and without any outside help, which yet again saves you a great deal of money and time as you can install them over the weekend and not have to try and schedule it when contractors are available to do the job.
Install the floor of your choice today from any leading hardware store and get your home looking warm and cozy in no time at all. You should also know that laminate floors should be protected from moisture at all times as it too can form cracks. Special conditioning cleaners are available which will keep your floor looking new if you ensure to apply them every time you clean your floor.