Laminate flooring is not the type of feature you can put down and then just rip up again if you don’t like it. It is important to understand the properties of laminate and how it will look and act in your home.
Laminate Thickness & Width
You will find laminate flooring on sale typically at thicknesses between 7 and 12 millimeters. Do not assume the listed thickness refers only to the laminate. In some cases, the measurements also include the core and attached pad. The most important factor to consider when it comes to thickness is the level of your subflooring and whether you require noise reduction. The thicker the laminate, the better it is for uneven subflooring and dampening noise.
You will typically find laminate planks are thin, medium or broad in width. The width of the planks and how you lay them will impact on both the style and perceived dimensions in a room. Broader plants in a small room can make the room appear larger; however, they tend to have the reverse effect in larger rooms.
Resistance & Rating
The majority of laminate products provide much the same scratch resistance, regardless of the type of finish you choose. The AC rating of laminate flooring, however, is important in that it largely determines durability. Basically, on a scale of 1 to 5, the higher the AC rating the better the planks are at resisting wear and tear. If you imagine your traffic areas are divided into light, medium and heavy, AC1 through to AC3 are the most suitable corresponding laminate flooring planks. AC4 and AC5 are generally better suited to areas that need commercial-standard resistance.
Textures & Finishes
There are almost endless options when it comes to textures and finishes in laminate flooring. Simulated natural hardwood is a popular option that comes in a variety of effects. When looking at different textures and finishes, try not to fall in love with a style that will clash with the surrounding décor and function of a room. For instance, if your dining room is largely decorated in a contemporary style, choosing a scratched hardwood texture may not blend well in the room.
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