Fine and durable quality laminate flooring has an appearance of real hardwood and has a wide variety of style and design including walnut, oak, hickory, and maple. Laminate flooring is originally synthetic in texture, piled up in several layers that are sealed and structured together during the lamination process. Are you looking for a quality laminate floor for your house? The below mentioned key features would help you select the best quality laminate.
The most common laminates are available with a thickness of 7 to 12 mm. While selecting a laminate to compare, one should not forget that some manufacturers incorporate the thickness of the product adding the core and fixed pad. It is better to opt for thicker laminate as it resists bending and reduces noise.
It is very necessary to the correct width of the laminate because it directly affects the durability of the laminate. Their width naturally varies from 5 to 7 inches or more. The thickness of the laminate flooring is usually between 6 to 12 mm. For the best quality hardwood feel, you would need the desired width of 10 or 12 mm.
- AC Rating
The Abrasion Criteria (AC) Rating is a representation of wear resistance on a scale of 1-5. The durability of the product becomes higher with the higher AC Rating. AC1 being the lowest rating typically is used for low traffic reasons, whereas AC5 is used for commercial users as it is heavy-duty.
- The texture
Various textures of laminate flooring are available which enhances the look of real hardwood flooring.
Handscraped texture – not exactly being hand scraped. To give it a real hand-scraped hardware floor look, the laminate is well pressed.
Embossed/Embossed in Register (EIR) – a general texture, EIR replicates the look of real hardwood flooring as it adds depth and texture.
High gloss – This feature gives a glossy, smooth laminate look and a mirror finish which is dent as well as scratch-resistant.
Laminate flooring is an excellent choice for high traffic regions, for example, living rooms or hall foyers because of its durability. It has a visual appeal because it’s a distinct style. It is great for washrooms, kitchen, and basements. However, before you proceed to make a choice, discuss it with a floor contractor.