Depending upon who you talk to, Laminate flooring is arguably the most significant development in the flooring business in the past 25 years. OK, a pretty bold statement but what exactly is Laminate Flooring?
Laminate Flooring as we know it today was originally developed as a by product of and additional usage of high-pressure melamine laminate and originally was developed in Sweden in the early nineteen eighties.
Comprised from a base of several layers of paper which have been impregnated with several special resins and compressed under conditions of high pressure into a highly durable resistant composite, Laminate Flooring gets it design aspects from whichever paper was used in its composition
So this having been said, what about Flooring in general?
For something that we would appear to spend our entire lives interacting with, floors and flooring in general are very much taken for granted by most people if not all and why wouldn’t we? The floor may well be under our feet but as we have stated it is one of the most important aspects of any civil structure or building.
At this juncture it might be an idea to go over the exact basics of what it is we are talking about so as to prevent any potential confusion at a later stage.
In architecture, the floor is generally the lower horizontal surface of a room, and/or the supporting structure underneath it. From being a fairly simple concept a floor typically consists of a support structure called a sub-floor n top of which is laid a floor covering to provide a walking surface. Quite often used to describe wood flooring, the term flooring in general is used by most to describe the semi permanent covering of the basic part of any new structure.
The term that is normally used to describe any type of finish that is normally applied to cover any type of floor structure is referred to as Floor covering. The sort of materials found in floor covering or coverings tend to consist of carpets rugs and what is more often termed “resilient flooring” such as linoleum or vinyl flooring On the other hand the sort of materials to be found comprising the actual floor itself tend to consist of wood, terrazzo, stone, ceramic tile or certain types of chemical coatings.
The choice of either what sort of floor is used or the type of floor covering used can be motivated by a number of various factors such as cost (usually the most important factor but not necessarily), endurance, noise insulation, comfort and the amount of effort required in cleaning and maintenance. It is also to be remembered or certainly taken into consideration that there are certain conditions that certain types of floors are not to be installed such as where the floor is below ground level and moisture levels might be important and in these instances laminate or hardwood floors should be avoided. However as in all situations in life there is always the odd exception to the rule.