FinishBuild: The Basics on Laminate

Over the past 3 years floorboards has grown significantly worldwide. According to the European Producers of Laminate Flooring sales, North America has been rising steeply since 2013 and that trend has continued in 2015, with 32%. And by 2015 the USA saw gains of 37%.

Customer preference perhaps it is due to its easy installation method. The common structures that you will find are planks tiles or squares, with an interlocking tongue and groove assemblage. Planks can also be very easily replaced if installed through common glue-less floating method, easy to fix on any type of floor or existing subfloor.

Laminate flooring gives the impression to be loved by homeowners for adaptability and strength which are two of its biggest benefits over traditional flooring choices such as hardwood flooring and natural stone tiles. Manufactured flooring companies, such as Pergo, are continuing on producing new styles and types of laminate flooring to keep up with the increasing demands.

What Laminate means

But what is a laminate floor board exactly. When it comes to this high technology items it would be totally understandable that it might be confusing it at first. But coming into the flooring world might allow you new perspectives for an eco-friendly project.

 The first thing to know is that it is not real wood.  Laminate flooring or a floating wood tile is a multi-layer flooring product fused together on a lamination process. This procedure includes a thin printed layer which creates the realistic wood-look appearance. This exceptional creation of many compounds generally contains an inner core layer, based of melamine fiber and resin board materials. Therefore, even though these products might not be real wood, they would look just like one. Let´s take a look of the benefits and functional characteristics of laminate flooring:

Flooring underlayment

If you are the type of person who enjoys quiet time at home, then, special underlayment is for you. Also easy to install at the bottom of your float boards and reduce the noise of footfalls considerably. Underlayment is a soft assistant, closed-cell plastic foam sheet that comes in rolls. It is compacted between the flooring planks and the subfloor- base. Underlayments are destined to absorb the roughness, irregularities of subfloors in order to create a smooth suitable installation surface. This would allow an extra support base. In some cases, certain laminate flooring planks may come with the underlayment attached to each plank.

Underlayment should be a priority to maintain stability, therefore, if your laminate planks do not have it already attached, it is important to get one. According to Kronotexusa Company, if an installation is over concrete, vapor barrier should be applied vapor barrier which is goes between the subfloor and the underlayment. And even though flooring planks might include it, another vapor barrier is an extra level of protection.

Differences between underlayment and subfloor

It is important to take into account the type of floor boards you would use, as well as the difference between underlayments and subfloors. A subfloor is a structural base that provides a firm, flat and solid surface which spans across the flooring joists. The subfloor is the closest piece of flooring to the joists themselves which is the main difference between a subfloor panel and underlayment. Homeowners rarely see their subfloor, as only builders and installers deal with subfloors. Underlayments are meant to absorb the roughness, or imperfections of subfloors, so that the flooring can be installed on top of a smooth hard surface.

Finish Build Laminate floors offers you a variety on many colors, designs textures and shades. So, if you are looking for versatility, the one that reflects your uniqueness, laminated boards might do the job for you. Our team is currently working on a range of singular items. So, if you are adopting forest appearances like as pine, cherry or oak, porcelain, hardwood, parquet, vinyl or engineering floors, our staff can also offer you a variety of shades such as almond, toast walnut or baril oak which would provide wood look patterns.


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