Laminate flooring

Introduction to laminate flooring

Floors are probably one of the main parts homeowners care about because they are extremely striking at the very first moment family arrive home. And laminate flooring is one of the material families’ favorite to cover floors due to its versatility, infinite options and styles, and affordability to every budget. Laminate flooring can print to your home a luxurious touch as well as being an easy to clean surface, and allergies free, which make them a wise decision.

Laminate flooring or floating wood tile is made of a multi-layer synthetic product glued together using a lamination procedure that is the origin of its name. The inner layer is composed by melamine resin and board material; outer layer is made of a photographic layer applique that is finally covered by a clear protective layer. You can find in the market laminate flooring that looks like wood or stone.

Experts in flooring can install for you the laminate flooring of your dreams. If you are considering installing laminate flooring at home, rely that responsibility on expert hands; at American Loss Consultant we count with a huge portfolio of experts that will handle the installation of your floors accurately. As expert home advisors, American Loss Consultant count with the experience and expertise to assess you accurately so you will take the best decision in laminate flooring installation.

Now, since you have multiple options for laminate flooring, we want to present you some of the possible options you might have to choose from.

Types of laminate flooring

Types of laminate flooring can be classified depending on the installation procedure experts must follow and the material the laminate resembles.

Type of laminate flooring depending on the installation

Glue-less laminate flooring. This type of laminate flooring does not use glue; just affix them to the floor.   

Glue laminate flooring. This floor requires glue application to the joints. It is stronger than the glue-less.

Pre-glue laminate flooring. Pre glue has glue applied on planks; some types require damp the edges to activate the glue.

Underlayment attached. They have an underlayment and set them in place is all needed.

Type of laminate flooring depending on the material it imitates

Wood. This type is made of solid wood layer with an upper layer of wood veneer or printed type and an acrylic finish.

Plastic. They are made of fiberglass with a photo design so you have infinite options to select.

Stone. They really look like stone, natural and beautiful. You can find textured stone laminate that provides character to your environments.

Tile. This laminate come in a wide variety of sizes that make them look like ceramic tiles.

Type of laminate flooring depending on the texture

As well as having particular material look, laminate flooring can also show texture issues. As follows:

Smooth laminate flooring. It resembles ceramic or marble and is easy to clean due to its smooth surface.

Embossed laminate flooring. They are made of different patterns resistant to heat square blocks. They can be embossed/textured with a finishing like natural wood grain; embossed in register with a much more realistic wooden texture than embossed/textured.

Hand scrapped. This finishing requires a more meticulous work because texture must be done manually.

Type of laminate flooring based on floor construction

HPL flooring (High-Pressure Laminate). Planks are fused together after being set, becoming only one piece.

DPL flooring (Direct Pressure Laminate). This type of laminate is made by assembling the four layers and then heating them to form a bond.

Type of laminate flooring based on pattern

The patter is just the way the planks are set on your floor:

Traditional floor board planks

Thin strip flooring

Wide plank floor board

Herringbone patterns and chevron pattern

Type of laminate flooring based on AC rating

This rating deals with the resistance of laminate flooring. The scale ranges from 1 (less resistant) to 5 (more resistant).

AC1. Good for light foot traffic (bedrooms or closets)

AC2.  Good for moderate traffic (living room or dining rooms)

AC3. Designed for high traffic residential or commercial (entrances or offices)

AC4. Suitable for all traffic areas and some commercial areas.

AC5. Used for heavy commercial traffic.

Type of laminate flooring depending on the features

Some particular features offered by laminate flooring that customers and experts take into account are:

Water proof

Noise resistance

Scratch resistance

Easy installation

No ulterior polishing needed

No heat damages

Type of laminate flooring depending on the edge type

There are three options: beveled, pressed and square.

Type of laminate flooring depending on the color

When choosing laminate flooring wooden style, you can choose from light, medium or dark color or shade.

Laminate Flooring Installation Procedure

Laminate flooring installation is one of the easiest to perform; in fact, many DIY videos instructing about it are available. Laminate flooring comes in packages with easy to follow instructions to match numbered tongue and groove. They can be clicked into one another.

Usually a foam underlayment is set under the laminate so it float over the sub-floor. This foam provides sound-reducing properties.  Baseboards can be removed and then reinstalled to obtain a neater fit.

Cuts are required for edges, like walls and door entrances; saws might be used to fulfill this task. But no matter how skillful you consider yourself in DIY, expert professional installers will conduct the laminate flooring installation better. American Loss Consultant advices any customer to hire one of our experts firms to obtain perfect flooring.

Improper installations show peaking or adjacent boards with V shape or gasp. Have in mind that if you want to save money, doing by yourself is not always the best decision.

Benefits of laminate flooring

We have mentioned as benefits of laminate flooring, its versatility of styles and the easy-to-clean property. But being honest, laminate flooring can provide much more benefits that you can ponder at the time of choosing new flooring for your property. The benefits we can mention are applicable particularly to those laminate flooring that have the NALFA Certification Seal (experts in laminate flooring will advise you to install only laminate with this certification). Those benefits are:

  1. Easy to clean. Laminate flooring does not need extra effort to be clean and neat. Common household products works well on it.
  2. Stain resistance. Common accidents like water spilling does not stain laminate as it happens on other types of flooring.
  3. Light resistance. This is the property of laminate flooring to retain its color even though it is frequently exposed to sunlight in indoors areas (for example, the sunlight that comes through a window).
  4. Impact resistance. Laminates can resist fractures due to impacts by large or small diameter balls.
  5. Swell resistance. Approved laminate have some level of resistance of not being easily swollen up when exposed to water.
  6. Static load. Laminate can resist residual indentation from static load.
  7. Caster chair resistance. You can roll a caster chair on them and the stability and joints will not be affected.

Negative aspects of laminate flooring

Laminate flooring has plenty of goodness, but we have to warn you about some important facts that you have to consider before install it. Cleanness is important, specially dust removal; sand particles may scratch the surface easily and laminate flooring will look dull. To keep the laminate dry is also mandatory because water moisture might swell or warp the planks, even though some of them are water resistant.

Always prefer good quality laminate because lower glueless laminate floors can gradually become detached and create spaces between the planks. In a phrase: do not spare in laminate flooring installation and care, because what you save today might be more expensive later.

Remember to call American Loss Consultant for any new flooring project you are planning to carry out at home. Free estimates. Expert Advice.