What Are Laminate Floors?

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    What Are Laminate Floors?

    What Are Laminate Floors?

        Once installed mainly as a type of economy flooring, Laminate Flooring still firmly holds its place as inexpensive, functional flooring. But

    they have even moved into higher-end homes that once would have installed nothing but solid hardwood or

    engineered wood flooring. Laminate floors look better, perform better, and feel better underfoot than ever

    before. All of this popularity may beg the question: What are laminate floors in the first place?

        Basics of Laminate Floors

        Laminate floors are a hybrid floor covering consisting of a particleboard wood base topped by an image

    layer and a transparent wear layer. Laminate floors are a popular type of floor covering for homes'

    living areas, kitchens, dining areas, bedrooms, hallways, and other areas that are not subject to excessive

    moisture. HDF Laminate

    Flooring
    was invented in 1977 by the Swedish company Perstorp. This firm landed on the idea of using

    up waste wood projects by subjecting those products to intensely high pressure, heat, and binding

    chemicals, then turning the result into usable floor coverings. Since that time, many other manufacturers

    such as Dupont, Mannington, Armstrong, and Shaw now make laminate floors.

        Laminate Floor Materials

        Laminate floors are sometimes called laminate wood floors, though they are wood only in two respects.

    First, the laminate floor base consists of pressed chipped wood particles. Second, the top has the

    appearance of real wood due to the accurate image layer—essentially a well-rendered photograph of wood

    encased in a clear, durable wear layer.

        Aggregated wood particles are subjected to high pressure to form sheets. These sheets have a

    photorealistic image of wood or stone added to the top, and this image is covered with a wear layer. The

    wear layer, a durable, thin, clear plastic sheet, is the linchpin between the delicate lower layers and

    exterior elements such as moisture, UV rays, and scratching.

                Wear Layer: MDF

    Laminate Flooring
    is a surface layer of two thin sheets of paper impregnated with melamine. This

    top-most surface layer is a hard transparent type of plastic sheet that is impervious to dogs, chairs, high

    heels, and other common damaging elements.
           
                Image Layer: Even when viewed close-up laminate flooring can look realistic. This is due to the

    laminate's photographic-quality image of real wood underneath the wear layer.
           
                Base Layer (Core): Under the wood-grain photograph is about a half-inch of wood-chip composite.

    Any type of wood chip product is inherently susceptible to water damage. Laminate flooring's base is

    considered to be dimensionally stable, but only to a certain degree. It will stand up against some water,

    but only if this water is quickly removed.
           
        What Is Vinyl Flooring?

        Vinyl Flooring is a type of synthetic

    flooring that provides great benefits and it is extremely versatile. It is somewhat similar bares

    similarities to linoleum flooring and is considered one of the most popular choices in wet areas such as

    bathrooms and cooking areas.

        They are made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) along with a few other compounds added to allow them to have

    the desired hardness, whilst still being flexible. The top layer is made up of a urethane-based coating. It

    provides durability and stability because of its water-resistant and stain-resistant properties. In recent

    times, companies have been trying to improve the safety and econ-friendliness of vinyl floorings, where

    they try to materials that are organic and do not emit harmful chemicals.

        Improvements over the years have resulted in a variety of attractive, economical, and affordable that

    give you countless ways to fit your choice to other elements of your interior design. Now there are newer

    and improved versions which include luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) and luxury vinyl planks (LVP). They come under

    the umbrella term called luxury vinyl flooring (LVT). It has many variations which include dry back

    (waterproof and has thermal stability), loose lay (no need for adhesives due to heavy back of fiberglass)

    and, PVC click (utilizes a click system).

        Another type lesser-known type is known as vinyl composition tile (VCT) which contains limestone powder

    to increase its durability. It contains lesser amounts of vinyl but in the long run, it requires higher and

    more continuous maintenance.

        What makes Vinyl Flooring so popular and unique?

        Let us take a look at why vinyl flooring is in demand – not only in housing areas but in commercial

    and industrial places as well.

        1. Tuff Shield technology.

        Vinyl SPC Flooring has a top

    layer of protection formed by Tuff Shield technology. This technology serves to safeguard the vinyl floor

    and allow it to resistant to scratches. This contributes to the vinyl flooring’s durability and allows it

    to maintain its longevity for a long time

        2. Dimensional Stability

        Now let’s delve into the insides of the vinyl flooring. The middle layer is what provides the

    stability that allows for the installation of the flooring.

        This dimensional stability is what helps the material to retain its original shape, especially when it

    has been subjected to harsh environmental changes,

        3. Locking Mechanism for ease of installation

        Lastly, the locking mechanism that the vinyl planks have allows for the flooring to stay locked against

    each other when it has been installed. This prevents it from opening up or for moisture to seep into the

    flooring quickly, making it highly durable, and water-resistant.

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