How to Pick Laminate Flooring for Your Home (Simple Guide)
Laminate flooring comes in many styles and designs, so its versatility means you will surely find something to suit your home.
But before you choose, you need to know the basics. Here, we explore the many types of laminate flooring.
By Installation Type
First, settle on what kind of installation you want. Here are the different types.
1. Glueless Click
The minimal mess and easy-to-fix attributes of this type make it an extremely popular style of laminate flooring. Thedouble-click method of installation locks them completely into place.
For a long time, gluing the joints together was the only way to install laminate flooring. If you can look beyond the potential mess, glued laminate provides a hold so strong that it won’t budge.
Pre-glued laminate flooring offers the same durability as glued laminate, minus the mess because the glue is not applied separately. You simply peel off the back of the laminate flooring to install.
By Surface Type
Laminate flooring is meant to imitate real hardwood. With good laminate flooring, you can’t differentiate between it and actual hardwood.
Smooth-surfaced laminate is best for a sleek and modern look. The absence of grooves makes it easy to clean with a broom or mop.
2. Textured or Embossed
You can find some of the most amazing types of laminate flooring with textured or embossed surfaces. To achieve this look, polymer materials are heated to give them a natural rise and pattern that doesn’t necessarily go with the grains of the wood.
3. Hand-scraped or Distressed
This type of laminate surface gives your home an antique look. Although it seems old, it is in fact new.
4. Embossed in Registration
The texture of this type of laminate flooring matches the grooves of the printed grain, giving your laminate flooring a realistic wooden texture.
By Plank Type
Here are some styles of laminate flooring planks from which you can pick.
These planks are traditional width. This classic styleis something you often see in old homes and always looks great.
2. Thin Strips
For a more contemporary and sleekerlook, thin planks are a good option.
So-called ‘wide’ planks are actually wider than traditional ones. They give your home a retro look, like that of earlier building styles.
4. Herringbone or Chevron
These shorter planks allow you to create a zigzag pattern. If you want to add a little character and style to your room, this type of laminate flooring is a good option.
By Finish Style
There are only two options when it comes to laminate finishing – high gloss or matte finish.
1. High Gloss
Also known as fine finish, highgloss can adda feeling of life and luxury to a room. While it requires maintenance, the look is worth it.
Unlike a highgloss, a matte finish doesn’t reflect light, so it hides minor dentsand scratches along with dust particles. It doesn’t require as much maintenance as fine-finished laminate flooring.
By Material Imitation Style
Laminate is meant to imitate real materials. Here are three types of laminate flooring based on the materials it imitates.
Wood laminate flooring is the most popular but not the only one. Those who want the look of hardwood but in their budget often choose this style of laminate flooring. It is versatile enough to be found in all wood species and shades.
Laminate flooring can also imitate stonewithin your budget. You can find all sorts of textures and colours to match the richness of stone flooring.
Tiles are beautiful but more expensive than laminate. Fortunately, you can achieve the same look for a lot less.
By Floor Construction Type
There are two main types of laminate floor construction.
1. Direct Pressure Laminate Flooring
DPL is the most common flooring process. Here, all four layers of laminate are pressed and bound together by heat. Since all materials are combined in a single step, DPL is usually a cheaper option.
2. High-Pressure Laminate Flooring
This is a two-step process so it is on the expensive side. First, several layers are glued together. Later, these layers are fused with other materials and then glued to the planks. It is more durable than DPL flooring.
By AC Rating Type
The AC rating represents laminate flooring’sresistance to wear. It is a deciding factor for buying laminate flooring and where to place each type. There are five AC ratings.
These can be used in residential spaces and are good for areas with light foot traffic like closets or bedrooms.
They are considered good for general residential areas. That makes them suitable for areas like dining rooms, living rooms, or other areas with moderate foot traffic.
Laminate flooring with an AC3 rating is suitable for heavy use so is also suitable for areas with much higher foot traffic like offices.
Laminates with AC4 ratings work well in heavy traffic areas of homes and commercial buildings.
These are meant for the heaviest commercial foot traffic.
Consider all these factors and types of laminate flooring to pick the best possible option for your home. You can also talk to a flooring expert about what kind of flooring you are looking for and where and what is your best option.