A surge in popularity
Sweden is the birthplace of laminated wood flooring and it has recently experienced a surge in popularity due to its durability and beauty. It is known for its modularity, light weight packaging, and self-installation. It is also very affordable, about 50% less than a hardwood plank. Because of its construction, the installation process has been simplified, which lowers labor costs. You don't have to sand and finish, and you don't have to nail down each plank.
What is laminate?
Laminate flooring is a floor covering that is constructed by laminating four main layers to create a plank. The wear layer is a clear 6mm to 12mm protective layer that is highly resistent to staining. Below this is the photographic applique, an HD image of a particular species of wood. Next is the core layer that is composed of high density fiber - the main componet of the flooring. On the bottom is the stabilizing layer, which is similar to the top layer and is used to create equality on both sides of the board.
Why use laminate?
Laminate flooring is very durable. It resists stains, moisture, dents and damage due to traffic and daily wear and tear better than carpet or hardwood floors. When you spill something on your laminate flooring, you can wipe it up without leaving a spot that attracts dirt. It is great if you have allergies. It does not hold in dust mites, dander, pet hair, and other pollutants like carpet does, and it can be cleaned easily to remove particles that could cause an allergic reaction. This is great plus if you have kids and pets; it will save you time and money on cleaning.
Where to use it
Because of their high resistance to scratches and moisture, they are an excellent choice for kitchens, and basements. However on account of high humidity levels, bathroom and laundry rooms are not suitable locations for laminate flooring. Sizing is generally as single planks or groupings of several planks. Lifespan is around 20 years.
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