Laminate flooring is extremely durable and versatile. It is best used in high traffic areas that are normally damaged by people coming and going. Laminate flooring is more durable because it is made of materials bonded by high pressure consisting of a moisture resistant layer under high density fibreboard. It is then topped with a high resolution photographic image of the look you are hoping for and then finished with resin-coated cellulose that provides total protection. Laminate floors are protected from stains, dents, scratches, and they are water resistant.
There are many places throughout the home that you can use laminate flooring. You can pretty much install laminate flooring anywhere in your home. It is recommended that you do not install laminate flooring in an area that gets wet a lot. This means that if you have a laundry room with a hot water heater that leaks onto the floor or any area that is consistently wet is recommended that this type of flooring is not used.
Laminate flooring is much cheaper and easier to install than other types of floors. One of the best reasons for the installation is that it can be installed over a sub-floor. Installing laminate flooring is quick and easy because the tiles lock together. Real wood floors require nailing and gluing that is time consuming and extremely expensive. The most you might need to do when installing your laminate flooring is use a mallet to lock the tiles into place.
You can give yourself the wood flooring look with laminate flooring. Wood flooring is extremely expensive and very hard to take care of. If you want to maintain the rustic look in your home but you cannot afford to buy the hard wood floors you have wanted for so long, you don't need to wait any longer. You can install laminate flooring that looks exactly like hard wood for a fraction of the cost. Also you don't need to keep up with the cleaning of laminate flooring like you do with hard wood floors.
There are different types of hardwood flooring ranked by AC1, AC2, AC3, AC4, and AC5. AC1 laminate flooring is designed for areas that don't have as much traffic. AC2 laminate flooring is commonly used in areas like the dining room and the living room with a small amount of traffic also. AC3 is often varied in the locations in the home and used in areas like offices and commercial locations throughout the home. AC4 is commonly used in high traffic areas like restaurants, boutiques, stores, and commercial offices. AC5 is the most durable type of laminate flooring available and commonly used in public buildings and department stores. It is not common to install AC5 laminate flooring in your home.
Overall, laminate flooring is therefore substantially cheaper than real hard wood floors and require much less work maintaining them.
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