The pavement of our house may be one of the most prominent elements in home decoration and in turn, it is the one that should resist the friction, the blows and falls of objects or the continuous treads.
There are many materials that we can use, but thanks to innovation there is one in particular that stands out for both new construction and for renovation or rehabilitation, we talk about laminate floors.
Types of laminates flooring
There are basically two lines of laminate flooring: wood laminate flooring and high traffic laminate flooring whose characteristics are as follows:
Wood Laminate Flooring – This is a floor made of 7mm thick wood veneers in varying lengths and widths. The main feature of the product is that it is a natural wood product and coated with varnish. The choice for this product line is usually due to the beauty of the wood, where each ruler has its unique design and tone, forming a harmony that nature has created. The varnish used in laminate flooring is state of the art with high technology and can have different levels of wear and scratch resistance. It is a floor for use in homes or light traffic environments. They are easy to install, clean and hypoallergenic.
High Traffic Laminate Flooring – Its main characteristic is its resistance to wear and scratches. They are made from high density pressed wood microparticles, coated with decorative paper in the most varied patterns. High traffic laminate flooring are available for residential and commercial application. Easy installation and cleaning, resistance to sunlight, scratches, stains and cigarette embers, the wide choice of patterns are a practical solution for any home and commercial decoration needs.
Warranty time for laminate flooring
The warranty period for laminate flooring for builders refers exclusively to product manufacturing defects in accordance with specifications in national and international standards. All installation, use, and cleaning recommendations contained in the warranty certificate must be strictly followed. For commercial environments, the warranty is up to five years. For homes, the term is 12 years.
Where to place laminate flooring
Actually, they can be used in any room. Depending on the thickness they can be used in rooms, corridors and entrances as well as in bedrooms or in the dining room. It can also be used in kitchens but for bathrooms it is not recommended because laminate floors are susceptible to moisture.
Laminate floors can be used even on stairs or as a wall covering. To choose your laminate floor correctly you must think about the use that you will give it for the area you have in mind, this will help you to better define the degree of wear resistance and thickness required.
Take into account that laminate floors do not absorb noise, but can be complemented with a sub-acoustic layer if you want to reduce the noise of steps.
The ideal colors for laminate flooring
If you are looking for the warmth of the wood you can opt for finishes that look like your 100% natural alternative. The laminate floors give us a very elegant look without the high costs of the wood and when choosing quality material they are durable, resistant and Easy to take care of
Light tones: You can choose them in lighter shades especially when you are trying to create a Scandinavian or minimalist environment. Light floors always provide more light and are ideal in small spaces because they make the room look bigger.
Gray: You can find many options also in the gray range, perfect for urban environments and modern decoration departments. Combine with white walls and let your floor be the star of your space.
Dark colors: The darker the tone, the more warm so do not hesitate to lean on the chocolate tones that will go great especially if you are going to opt for light furniture.
In addition to the differences in color and thickness that you will find on laminate floors, there are also special features. There are models of laminates that are also antibacterial and prevent so much dirt sticking.
Others have antistatic to reduce the amount of dust, with anti-scratch in case you have furniture with wheels or non-slip if you want to avoid slips in the area.
Installation of laminate flooring
Before proceeding with the installation, you need to apply a blanket that reduces moisture, aids in sound insulation and corrects subfloor imperfections. In addition to the blanket, other materials are essential for the correct installation of laminate floors, they are: glue (in the case of coverings that have this mounting system), loss margin (buy 10% more of the footage of your environment and stay quiet if an accident occurs), profile (accessory that finishes the floor) and skirting board. Consider these materials when planning your budget!
The most suitable locations for installing laminate floors are the bedrooms, living room and suites. The use of these rooms after installation is immediate, meaning the whole family can already start to enjoy the revamped environment!
Maintaining laminate flooring
Laminate floors have the strength of high durability. They have high scratch resistance and possible breakage, and manufacturers generally offer a good warranty. Hypoallergenic, anti-termite and even antistatic coating options inhibit dust accumulation.
Daily cleaning is simple and can only be done with a damp cloth. Abrasives such as steel sponges should not be used. Attention: laminate flooring and water do not match! If the surface is wet, the recommendation is to dry immediately and keep the environment airy. Another important tip that ensures even greater durability is to avoid dragging furniture around the rooms to avoid scratches and scratches on the floor.