One of the big differences between parquet and laminate flooring is that one is made out of real or engineered wood all the way through and the other is not. Laminate is made up of a core of pressed wood (HDF) and then has a digital image of wood or tile on top of that. Above the image is a clear walking layer that is made for durability.
80 to 85 percent of laminate flooring is made from natural wood (pine, oak, etc.) and the rest is made of resin. The decor layer (picture) is made of paper. Laminate flooring consists of 4 layers of wear, decor, core (HDF), and the backer layer.
The most important advantages of laminate floorings are:
The lifespan of the laminate flooring will vary, depending on the product type and the place (commercial or residential) being used. But on average, laminate flooring is guaranteed from 2 to 20 years.
Yes. This is one of the features of laminate flooring that it can be easily disassembled and then installed elsewhere.
These two types of grooves have no effect on the performance and quality of the laminate flooring, and only give a different appearance to it. For this reason, choosing between these two types of grooves is a matter of taste.
Laminate flooring does not change due to its wear and traffic resistant coating. Meanwhile, according to EN ISO 105-B02 standard, this product is resistant to color variations due to sunlight.
In the first step, it is recommended that the laminate flooring packs to be kept in the installation place for 48 hours to ensure that they are tempered with their surroundings. But in general, it is essential to consider the following steps before installing laminate flooring:
To end up with a beautiful design, the tiles should be placed aligned with the direction of sunlight. It is also better to start the installation with longer walls.
According to standard 13329, for a place of more than 10 square meters, a medium tool must be used to create an appropriate space for the expansion of the laminate flooring planks.
Yes. If there is a problem with a laminate flooring plank, it can be replaced without having to remove all the tiles.
According to the standard for installing laminate floorings, if the difference in the surface of 1 square meter is more than 2 mm, you can compensate it with cement slurry.
Standard foam has elasticity and maintains its durability used under heavy traffic. But the carpet does not have this property, and after a while, it will lose the thickness due to the pressure of traffic and furniture weights. This unsettles the balance of the laminate floor and leads to a breakdown of laminate locks and knocking sound. Also, carpet has a structure that absorbs moisture and gradually this moisture damages the laminate flooring.
Yes. In cases where it is not possible to remove all furniture from the installation environment, you can first unload a part of the space from the luggage and install the laminate flooring there, then move the furniture to the finished area and continue the process of installation in the other part.
Once you have identified and eliminated the source of leakage and water loss, dry the laminate flooring with T-drying. To remove moisture, again the best tool is clean and dry cloth. Since water may have penetrated the laminate flooring planks and reached below, open baseboard of one side of the wall and leave it open until it has dried completely. If possible, open the windows to create airflow in the space and leave this situation for up to 24 hours.
Yes. Laminate floorings are classified based on standard abrasion class (AC) to six classes. Class 6 (AC6) laminate flooring is designed and manufactured to be used in heavy traffic environments like banks and large stores.
No. The main material of this product is high-density fiber (HDF). Due to the sensitivity of this product to moisture and water, it is not possible to install it in the bathroom. It is worth mentioning that thanks to the new technologies of producing waterproof HDFs, a laminate is going to be a suitable-for-every-environment flooring material.
Yes. But the kitchen equipment, like an island or cabinets, should be installed first and then laminate floorings should be installed.
Some laminate floorings are exclusively designed to be used on the floor heating system. So, if you are using a floor heating system, be sure to share this with the dealer to introduce the appropriate laminate flooring for you.
The best cleaner for laminate flooring is using a wet cloth. If there is dirt on the laminate flooring surface that cannot be cleaned up by a T-dryer or a wet cloth, you can use laminate parquet cleaners (first study their use conditions).
According to EN425 standards, laminate flooring is resistant to wheelchairs.
This problem occurs due to the use of non-standard foam. Non-standard foams do not have the density required to withstand constant pressure or the pressure generated by commuting, and after a while, they lose their elasticity, which ultimately causes the clicks to crackle.
Usually, laminate flooring planks are locked together at the beginning and the ending point of the linear side. But in the middle sometimes there happens to be a split. This technical fault usually occurs in the production line and in the post-press step. Since laminate tiles tolerate extreme pressure and temperature, laminate cooling needs to be done through a cooling process. If this process is skipped and the tiles are directed to the cut and lock step, they will lose their high temperature gradually and turn into bent planks.
This happens for the tiles that have not been correctly trimmed on their clicks, and they will have click angle failure. In this case, the tile should be replaced.
This problem, which is very common, is due to the fact that the installer misses the expansion gap in accordance with EN13329 standard during installation, so the tiles do not have sufficient space for expansion and contraction. Under these circumstances, the Tiles are pushing each other over time and eventually, a swell appears along the tiles' width.