Over the last few years, as the market for laminate flooring has grown, it has also grown with the growing technology. Laminate flooring is now one of the more popular types of flooring today. And this is even a compliment to the rich and luxurious look that laminate flooring can provide. However, in this article we will take a look at just how well laminate flooring performs and if it has any drawbacks to consider.
Laminate flooring is most often manufactured from a blend of plastic and plywood. In other words, the outer layer of the two materials is laminated on top of the other. The type of plastic used is polyvinyl chloride (PVC). PVVC was developed as a material to withstand the wear and tear of both indoor and outdoor environments. And it also resists chemicals like petrol and cleaning agents.
Polyvinyl chloride is not suitable for floors that experience high moisture content in a cold environment. In fact, PVC isn’t a very good option for installing in damp areas. It is however, perfect for damp climates with lots of rain falling.
Like all other flooring products, the coatings on laminate flooring may not be as high quality as those found on hardwood flooring. The quality of the laminate flooring also depends on the size of the particleboard that makes up the laminate layers.
In general, laminate flooring is prone to absorbing oil stains. Oil stains are caused by the oxidation of the wood substrate. Laminate flooring can generally be cleaned by using a solvent-based carpet cleaner with a sponge and a moist sponge mop.
The cleaning of laminate flooring can be very difficult and it is best to hire a professional service to do it for you. A thorough clean of the laminate flooring may involve dry vacuum sweeping and vacuuming. Next, a fine-mesh cloth should be used to wipe down the surface where the stains are found.
Then the dirt can be thoroughly removed using a scraper. Finally, a sandpaper should be used to polish off the rough spots where the laminate flooring had scraped down.
If you have previously noticed dry rot or mold on laminate flooring then this may be a problem. It is best to get the stains removed from your laminate flooring before you make the investment in a new one. Otherwise, if you don’t have time to remove the spots on your laminate flooring, you can cover them up with a thin layer of polyurethane.
Be aware that some companies may advise you to use a sealant to protect your laminate flooring. A quick scan of the internet will reveal plenty of negative reviews that warn of the disadvantages of using a sealant.
When installing laminate flooring, there are a number of things that you should bear in mind. Laminate flooring is best installed when the glue that holds the pieces together is dry.
For this reason, no special laminate floors are needed for your home. However, special care should be taken to ensure that no glue dries prior to the installation of the laminate flooring.
Finally, I would like to mention a piece of advice that I find very important for anyone considering installing laminate flooring for their home. Check out the power requirements before you buy laminate flooring. If you aren’t sure about the amount of power your power source can supply, you should leave your laminate flooring in standby mode until you can do some serious electrical work to get it fixed.