The laminate floor is made up of planks that, in turn, contain several layers. Typically, each sheet is formed from a pressed wood base and a top layer with a high pressure melamine resin composite. This melamine coating is the one that incorporates color and finish. It is a very aesthetic material, you just have to find the most suitable model for each case. Here we review some keys so you know how to choose the best laminate flooring.
The thickness of the sheet is usually 7 to 12 mm, and there are multiple finishes and thicknesses. The most popular finish is that of imitation natural wood, such as oak, beech or ash; but we also find gray or white finishes. Even the most daring incorporate drawings and finishes of ceramic or metallic materials. Be careful with the fashions, sometimes it is better to opt for light tones and leave the colors for the fabrics or the upholstery.
This material has become popular because it is an easy system to install and can be placed on the existing floor, where a sheet of balance paper is placed to level and dampen noise. Also, no further treatment is necessary. It can be combined with a baseboard of the same color, or with a white trim, like the one in this room.
The resistance of these floors depends on the wear and impact characteristics governed by current regulations, and are classified into five qualities ranging from AC1 to AC5. One of the most important points is to identify the use that we are going to give it and, of course, the location. For homes, a resistance from AC3 is recommended, and depending on the model or manufacturer, it can even be installed in kitchens.
In addition to the colors to choose, you also have to look at the texture. You can find planks with a smooth, porous, sawn finish (with the wood’s own grooves), structured (with a porous relief) and synchronized (reproducing the wood grain).
The sizes of the sheets vary depending on each manufacturer. The length is usually 128 to 135 cm, with widths of 15 and 18 cm. The orientation of the sheet is placed towards the light source in the room, as we see in this image.
Although it is a resistant material, it has its Achilles heel in the joints. A good execution and a level surface, like that of this room, are the keys so that the joints do not open and begin to deteriorate little by little by rubbing them. In this case, it is best to choose a good manufacturer and, above all, a good installer.