Material Options – Laminate
Once mostly a cheap wood imitation, today laminate can convincingly mimic stone, brick, ceramic, and many other looks. Most laminate floors come with fifteen-year warranties.
- Laminate comes in four layers:
1) Surface is melamine impregnated with aluminum oxide.
2) Design layer can have any type of design or photo.
3) Substrate is the core material that gives it rigidity.
4) Backing paper balances the board and resists moisture.
Most laminate floors aren’t attached to the subfloor (floating), but come in a variety of shaped locking mechanisms.More costly laminates will reduce noise, prevent water infiltration, and resist denting, staining, and scratching.
Some companies offer a surface treatment to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi. Chemicals and UV rays won’t affect laminates.
They’re easy to maintain. They’re made from recyclables, making them environmentally friendly. They’re comfortable underfoot.
Self-installation is possible; damaged panels can be easily replaced.
They can’t be used in frequently moist areas, however, like swimming pools or steam rooms.
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