Laminate flooring is a manufactured product using wood by-products made to simulate natural hardwood flooring. Laminate derives its main benefits from its ease of installation, durability as a hard surface flooring product and its relatively low purchase price per square foot.
Today laminate flooring has evolved into a comprehensive flooring alternative to other flooring products such as carpet, ceramic tile and linoleum. With a vast selection of colours and styles, laminates have come into their own as a quality and suitable hard surface option. BH Floors carries an assortment of laminate floors in various colours and thicknesses ranging from 8.3mm up to 15mm.
ADVANTAGES LAMINATE FLOORING.
Laminate flooring has a tough surface that is extremely scratch and dent resistant due to its melamine coating and HDF core. This combination of tough surface coatings and HDF cores increases the performance of the laminate which is ideal for high traffic areas and active lifestyles where there are children and pets in the home. Laminate flooring has evolved in its durability to include a series of AC4 rated laminates, ideal for commercial environments.
Laminate flooring is extremely stable under varying humidity conditions and can be installed in all levels of a home including basements. It can be installed over wooden subfloors, concrete, and pre-existing ceramic and linoleum flooring making it the most adaptable hard surface flooring when it comes to its installation. Laminate flooring is also completely safe to put over radiant heat systems.
With the introduction of the new drop click system, laminates no longer require you to tap the panels together making installation even easier for the do it yourselfer.
Laminate flooring is relatively inexpensive to purchase compared with other hard surface flooring alternatives.
Laminate flooring comes in a large selection of colours and styles to compliment any room decor.
Laminate flooring is easy to maintain by giving it a regular sweeping, dusting, and vacuuming. Food and drink spills can easily be cleaned by mopping them up in a timely manner.
LAMINATE FLOORING IS EASY TO MAINTAIN BY GIVING IT A REGULAR SWEEPING, DUSTING, AND VACUUMING. FOOD AND DRINK SPILLS CAN EASILY BE CLEANED BY MOPPING THEM UP IN A TIMELY MANNER.
LAMINATE FLOORING VS. ENGINEERED FLOORING.
Laminate flooring has a photographic image of hardwood laminated to a fibreboard substrate which cannot be re-sanded. Engineered hardwood has a top layer of real hardwood which can be re-sanded in the future (if it was originally nailed or glued down and has enough wear layer) thereby increasing its value and longevity. Laminate flooring is composed of computer generated images of wood planks and has repeat patterns that can reduce the level of realism in the floor. Engineered hardwood provides the homeowner with the look and feel of real wood. Laminate flooring is more economical to produce and therefore less expensive to purchase. Engineered hardwood is expensive to manufacture due to its complexity of integrated layers of hardwood and plywood, therefore more costly. All laminate floors are safe for radiant heat systems.
Depending on the manufacturer and species of the wood, not all engineered floors can be put over radiant heat systems. All laminate flooring comes in click mechanism systems allowing for an easy installation. Not all engineered hardwood is available in this format thereby limiting your engineering flooring options if you are looking strictly to purchase a click mechanism flooring. Laminate flooring has an extremely tough wear layer of melamine finish which gives it added durability with regards to denting and scratching. Its extra tough durability is ideal for families with active lifestyles including those families with children and pets. Engineered hardwood performs just like solid hardwood when it comes to scratching and denting.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE.
Periodic cleaning using a suitable laminate floor cleaner is recommended. To prevent scratches, felt protector pads should be used under all furniture. When moving furniture, remember to lift and not drag. Following this advice as well as the advice below will ensure that you will be enjoying your laminate floor for many years to come.