DURABLE AND SCRATCH-PROOF
Everybody admires that hardwood appearance. But if your budget cannot accommodate it, laminate flooring is a suitable alternative in Singapore. It has a hardwood-like appearance and is less expensive. And it gets even better when you hear that you may install it on any pre-existing subfloor.
Laminate flooring consists of a backing layer, inner core, pattern layer, and wear layer. The backing layer is water resistant, offering great protection to the subfloor as well as the laminate. You can incorporate texture on the pattern layer. Finally, the wear layer is the topmost layer.
How to Select Laminate Flooring
The length of time a laminate flooring can last depends on its AC rating. This is a standard system used to gauge its durability. The AC rating system takes into consideration, among other factors, laminate resistance to abrasion, moisture, impact, and stains. Using this system, you may select AC 1 laminate for a low traffic area like your bedroom. AC 2 rated laminate is good for moderate traffic floors. On the other hand, AC 5 is ideal for use on a heavy traffic commercial area.
A laminate thickness of 10 - 15 mm is good in avoiding warping. However, you should know that thickness doesn't affect the laminate durability. If you are given a choice between high pressure laminate and direct pressure laminate, go for the former. HPL consists of 5 layers whereas DPL has only 4 layers. Backings and a stronger core makes your laminate resistant to cupping.
If there's one element you should consider before settling for a particular laminate flooring, it's the stylish appearance. Whether you want coastal, classic or rustic themes, you can achieve these using your laminate flooring. There's a variety of colors and designs for your choice.
Areas Where Laminate Flooring Is Suitable
Laminate is suitable for use in areas that are less likely to collect moisture. Therefore, you can use it in your living room, bedroom, dining room, residential property, offices. Others are commercial areas that are do not get wet. However, you cannot use it for your bathroom or laundry since it is not waterproof. For "wet areas" you may consider using vinyl flooring because it's waterproof.
Benefits of Laminate Floors
Laminate flooring gives you a hardwood-like floor at a lower cost than hardwood flooring.
Laminate has a strong outer layer that makes it last longer. Its resin coat also makes it tough. Laminate floors can serve you for up to 25 years before you can replace.
Laminate floors do not trap dust. You only need to use a damp cloth to wipe out any spills AND stains. Just remember to clean the stain when still fresh. This is also good news if you're allergic to dust. It's more resistant to stains compared to hardwood.
You can easily install laminate flooring in your home due to interlocking features of laminate boards. Its ability to be installed on an existing floor also saves you time.
The tough outer layer of laminate flooring gives it good resistance against scratches. This means if you have kids or pets you don't have to worry about your floor.
In conclusion, laminate flooring is an affordable way of having a hardwood flooring look for your property. Its ease of installation, cleaning, and resistance to moisture may appeal to your requirements. If you are looking for a durable and highly versatile flooring, you can try laminate flooring.
If you are planning to renovate the floor in your home or you are building a new home you should consider parquet flooring. This type of flooring has a lot of benefits and your home will look more elegant. To get top class flooring services just contact us through the enquiry form or just go ahead and call us.
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Jerry & Jenny Toh
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