What is laminate flooring?

The laminate flooring once thought of as a cheap and economical flooring option is now enjoying a revival. It can even be found in high end decor. It feels wonderful underfoot, looks great and performs well. What is it made from?

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This is a hybrid floor covering that’s made of particle board. It has all the advantages of hardwood flooring and includes tongue and groove joining boards. The waterproofing is similar to vinyl flooring if it’s installed correctly. This is why it’s often mistaken for vinyl flooring.

The wood particles are pressed at high pressure, which makes it form sheets. The wood effect is then added to the sheet, and it’s covered by a durable wear layer. The clear plastic layer protects the laminate from damage caused by UV rays and scratches. For 12mm Laminate Wood Flooring, visit www.irwintiles.ie/

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The laminate flooring is installed as a floating floor, which means it’s not attached to the subfloor layer. It is important to have a solid base floor before you can lay the laminate flooring. A foam layer is usually placed between the laminate flooring and the subfloor. It also makes the floor more comfortable to walk on. A layer of plywood can be added if the subfloor is not suitable. With the floating floor method, installation methods are not required. The foam underlay is rolled out, taped together and then the laminate planks are laid on top. The planks can be joined together piece by piece to form a heavy, large-surfaced flooring that will not move.

This is one of the easiest floor coverings to clean, maintain and install. It’s also scratch resistant. It is therefore the ideal choice for homes with pets.