The choice of floor covering must be approached very responsibly. The best way to choose the most durable laminate flooring is not to listen to a sales assistant, but to thoroughly study all the information yourself. Find brand names on the Internet, visit the manufacturers' official websites, read all the characteristics of your favorite collections.
Now you can go to the shopping center with complete confidence that you will not be imposed on stale goods of poor quality.
The strength and durability of a laminate is determined by a specific class.
On the shelves of building supermarkets you can see laminate of the following classes: from 21 to 23 - for an apartment and from 31 to 34 - for public premises.
Models of this class are somewhat more expensive, but they can already be used in small commercial premises with the traffic of several dozen people during the day. This coating usually lasts about 15 years.
This coating can be used even in industrial premises. It is chosen by those who need a floor "forever".
So, if you choose a laminate for your city apartment, then 32 class coverage will suit you. If you have an active and large family, take the 33rd grade better.
If you have a baby or the sound of footsteps on the floor annoys you, choose a laminate with a thickness of at least 10-12 mm.
All other types of laminate do not have sound-absorbing properties!
Moisture resistance is an equally important characteristic of the laminate. On store shelves, you can find coatings with or without moisture-proof properties, as well as absolutely moisture-resistant models. Their prices vary considerably.
The best option for both residential and commercial premises is a laminate with moisture resistant properties. By paying a high price, you can be sure of the durability of your flooring.
However, professionals do not recommend choosing fully waterproof models. Such a laminate is not made of wood, it is based on polymer materials. Although manufacturers assure the safety of such a coating, it is still not recommended to use it in residential premises. But for pools, attics and terraces, this is a great option.
Test the moisture resistance of the laminate yourself by sawing off a small piece of the board and placing it in water for eight hours.
A quality board will swell by about 15-18%, a bad laminate - up to 40%.
Moisture resistance also depends on the type of laminate - lock or adhesive. Adhesive laminate is fine if your floor isn't perfectly flat. Boards are laid on special glue, so no gaps are formed between them, and moisture does not penetrate inside. However, if part of such a floor is damaged, it will be extremely problematic to replace it.
Castle moisture-resistant laminate is a more modern alternative.
Choose laminate only from trusted manufacturers, as they provide a good guarantee for their goods.
Considering such characteristics as price and quality, laminate flooring can be divided into premium, comfort and economy classes.
Quick-Step and Belfloor are premium manufacturers. These companies delight customers with high quality, interesting collections and a variety of decors.
The most famous manufacturer of comfort class - the Tarkett company - is one of the leaders in the flooring market. Their catalog contains a variety of models for every taste and wallet.
If you are considering an economy-class laminate, pay attention to the German companies Kronotex and Egger. They have a very budget price, but few colors and weak specifications.
Always pay attention to the markings to avoid stumbling upon low-grade Chinese laminate flooring.
Reliable manufacturers indicate the information in full, it is not possible to find identification marks on the Chinese laminate.
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