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Commercial & Residential Laminate Flooring

You might not give your floors much thought — until it comes time to replace them. Then you realize that there are many options out there. For busy families whose floors need to stand up to kids and pets or a nursing home’s daily usage we recommend laminate flooring as a good option.

The most common designs have a wood grain appearance; some are made to look like stone or marble. Laminates are designed to look good for many years with a minimum amount of maintenance.

Laminate flooring consists of four main components that are bonded together. A wear-resistant decorative surface made of resin-based melamine/aluminum oxide is bonded to a moisture resistant wood composition-based core. A balancing backing is bonded to the underside of the core. On the top is a clear cap sheet of aluminum oxide, which provides the protection and stain resistance. Since the resin-filled wear layer is so dense, it becomes extremely difficult to stain, scratch or burn.

Low installation cost is one factor that contributes to the popularity of laminate flooring. It uses a tongue and groove interlocking system, which can be installed over the top of an existing substrate. Plywood, concrete slab, sheet vinyl flooring, hardwood flooring or virtually any other basically flat hard surface is a suitable base for laminate.

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AC Ratings

After the product has been made, laminate flooring goes through a series of tests to determine the durability and appropriate installation areas for the flooring. This can help a potential shopper to choose the flooring most suitable for their application. Once testing is complete, the product is given an AC rating, which stands for Abrasion Class.

There are a total of five AC ratings for laminate:

AC1 – For low foot traffic residential spaces (closets and bedrooms)

AC2 – For medium foot traffic residential spaces (dining rooms, living rooms, and family rooms)

AC3 – For all foot traffic residential spaces (kitchens, hallways, and living rooms)

AC4 – For all residential locations and some medium traffic in commercial areas

AC5 – For heavy foot traffic in commercial spaces

Taking care of a laminate floor is even easier than installing it. To keep your floor looking like new and avoid scratches, simply vacuum or dust mop regularly to remove loose dirt or grit. Glides or cushioned bottom protectors under chairs and table legs also help prevent possible scratching, and floor mats at all outside doorways keep dirt from coming inside.

Surface

In order to enhance the look of your print layer, laminate flooring planks often have some surface detail to further mimic a natural hardwood look. Planks can have the look and feel of a hand scraped hardwood, embossed wood, distressed hardwood, but even come in textured or smooth. What you choose is just matter of opinion, as the surface detail does not change the durability or longevity of the floor – it simply helps to continue fooling your friends to believe it’s real hardwood flooring.

Style

The wood grain look of laminate flooring has been what it is known for, for many years. Laminate floors replicate the look of wood while being easy to install, clean and maintain compared to wood. As technology has improved, so have the print possibilities and the range of beautiful floors that are available. A recent trend for laminate is the stone look laminate plank which has been designed to mimic the look of (you guessed it!) natural stone floors! Real stone floors are incredibly expensive, time consuming to maintain, and are really cold underfoot. With laminate stone options, you still get the same rich look of a natural stone floor, but it costs less, takes less time to maintain, and provides greater warmth underfoot.

Installation

Laminate flooring is designed to be installed as a floating floor, meaning that it is not secured to the ground underneath, but rather “floats” by the means of an interlocking design. Each plank is constructed with a special locking mechanism so that it can be inserted into surrounding planks and “locked” together. This process is easy and typically done by our customers of all DIY levels.

No matter what type of subfloor you are putting your laminate planks over, it is always important to consider using an underlayment with th floor. Underlayments are great for many things, including adding warmth underfoot and reducing noise transmission. Some underlayments even include a built in vapor barrier which is needed in any space where moisture may be present, and can save you money and time from having to purchase these separately. Foam and cork underlayments are perfect underlay solutions for use with laminate floating floors.

Laminate flooring is a booming flooring category for a variety of reasons. If you should have any further questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly laminae experts at Celtic Flooring.

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