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23rd November 2015

Laminate Flooring For Summer - What You Should Know

As summer heralds the start of warmer weather, thoughts may turn to brightening the decor of your home. You may be thinking that the thick carpet covering the floors is a little less attractive with the onset of brighter summer days. If so, one of the most impressive ways of improving the appearance of your home is to replace your current flooring with laminate flooring.

Economical and robust, laminate flooring provides a cool floor surface during the summer and a warm surface during the winter. Although only on the market a few decades, it has become popular in many homes due to its durability and easy maintenance. Laminate flooring provides a homely ambiance, and it is enduring when it comes to standing the test of accidents. Laminate is highly impact resistant and largely impermeable to stains and cigarette burns. Due to its non porous surface, marks left by nail varnish or ballpoint and felt-tip pens can be easily removed, facilitating quick, easy cleaning.

Laminate flooring is composed of several layers of natural compounds which are mainly wood, paper and resin. These layers are joined through the combined action of heat and pressure. Generally, the layers have a thickness ranging from 7 to 11 millimetres. The base of the laminate is an impenetrable layer that provides structural stability as well as serving as a barrier against moisture. The middle layer is a thick, composite wooden base, and the uppermost layer is the wear surface on which one walks. This top layer is also decorative, and treated with resin to give the floor its tough, resistant surface, adding to its visual appeal.

Laminate flooring is classified according to AC ratings which designates three classes of use for domestic habitats:

  • AC3 for moderate use in bedrooms or living rooms
  • AC4 for normal use, as in dining rooms, living rooms and hallways
  • AC5 for heavy use, as in stairways, hallways or kitchens 

Each classification takes into account the effects of abrasion, resistance to stains and burns, impact resistance and furniture marks, as well as swelling along element edges. Failure to comply with any one rating automatically results in denial of product approval.

Laminate flooring is an ideal choice for consumers who prefer the aesthetic appeal of an authentic wood floor at an affordable price, with the bonus of easy installation and durability.