Laminate flooring is an attractive option for homeowners looking for a more financially savvy way to update the flooring in their home. There are so many options of laminate because the process of making laminate is fusing two or more types of material then sealed. So, you end up with realistic looking wood, tile, or stone laminate pieces that can be easily meshed together to create a stunning floor.
Why you should consider vinyl flooring:
- Glueless Click Together: Most laminate on the market today falls into this category. Some come with an underpad that is already attached to the laminate that makes installation a breeze. This helps with sound absorption and provides a level of cushion that makes walking on this flooring a dream.
- If the pad is not attached, then that is an added expense that you have to take into consideration when budgeting for flooring.
- If the area that you are laying floor down in is prone to moisture issues then you will want to add a plastic moisture barrier under the pad to prevent damage to your flooring.
- Glued Down Laminate: This is a more expensive and more time consuming process of laying down laminate flooring but gives a great, strong installation. The joints need to be glued together in order to provide a seamless looking install.
- Pre Glued Laminate: The joints have glue already on them but some brands need you to activate the glue before you install the flooring. My experience is that this option is very cheap but can, also, look very cheap. Technically you can install most of these laminate pieces yourself without the need to hire a professional but remember that you get what you pay for. Or don't pay for.
AC Durability Ratings
Depending upon the amount of foot traffic you expect your flooring to receive will determine what laminate flooring product you should choose. AC stands for Abrasion Class and impartial third parties separate from flooring manufacturers have established a five category scale that judges durability.
AC1 Moderate Residential: This has been deemed best for closets or bedrooms because it is meant to only withstand light use in residential applications.
AC2 General Residential: Best for living rooms or dining rooms in residential areas that accommodate moderate foot traffic but don't get a lot of wear and tear.
AC3 Heavy Residential or Moderate Commercial: Ideal for offices or hotel rooms because this allows for high traffic residential uses or low traffic commercial uses.
AC4 General Commercial: Designed to hold up to every residential use and heavy trafficked commercial uses in busy shops, coffee boutiques, or restaurants.
AC5 Heavy Commercial: This will withstand the busiest commercial environments like shopping malls, department stores, or government buildings.
Surfaces: If you are like us, you will choose a laminate floor based upon how it will look after it is installed.
Smooth: Generally this gives a look of hardwood flooring with a plain, varnished exterior with any finish you want from high, medium, or low glossy appearance.
Textured or Embossed: A printed grain that is done properly will give the appearance of natural surface grain that gives the appearance of natural hardwoods.
Hand scraped or distressed look: If you are looking for an antiquated, wood look then this is it! Honestly, this is a new technique for laminate surfaces and was only available on wood surfaces until recently.
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