Laminate wood flooring (also known as floating floor, artificial floorings, synthetic floors, and hybrid flooring) has become an increasingly popular surface option for homeowners due to its durability, affordability, and easy maintenance. However, not all floorboards are created equally. When choosing laminate floors for your home, it is important to consider the technical specifications of the product to ensure you are getting the best quality flooring for your investment. In this blog post, we will discuss the technical specifications you should look for in laminate wood floors.
AC rating, also known as Abrasion Class rating, is a measure of a laminate floor’s durability and resistance to wear and tear. It is based on a scale from AC1 to AC5, with AC5 being the most durable and resistant to wear. The rating is determined by several factors, including impact resistance, stain resistance, and burn resistance.
For residential use, it is recommended to choose a floating floor with an AC rating of at least AC3. However, if you have a high-traffic area in your home, such as an entryway or hallway, it is recommended to choose a hybrid floor with an AC rating of AC4 or AC5.
Laminate flooring thickness can range from 6mm to 12mm. Thicker flooring is generally more durable and offers better sound insulation. However, thicker floor can also be more expensive. For residential use, it is recommended to choose a floating floor with a thickness of at least 8mm.
Plank Width and Length
Its planks come in various widths and lengths. The plank width and length can affect the overall look of your flooring and how easy it is to install. Wider planks can make a room look larger, while longer planks can create a more seamless and uniform look.
Laminate flooring is not waterproof, but some products offer higher moisture resistance than others. If you plan to install hybrid in a room with high moisture levels, such as a bathroom or laundry room, it is important to choose a product with high moisture resistance.
Underlayment is a thin layer of material that is installed between the hybrid floors and the subfloor. It provides cushioning, sound insulation, and helps to reduce the risk of moisture damage. Some products come with attached underlayment, while others require a separate underlayment to be installed. It is important to choose a high-quality underlayment to ensure the longevity and performance of your floor.
There are two main types of laminate flooring installation methods: click-lock and glue-down. Click-lock laminate flooring is easier to install and can be done without the need for professional installation. Glue-down laminate floor is more durable and offers better moisture resistance, but it requires professional installation.
Finally, it is important to consider the warranty offered by the floor manufacturer. A good warranty should cover defects in materials and workmanship, as well as wear and tear from normal use. It is recommended to choose a synthetic flooring with a warranty of at least 10 years for residential use.
In conclusion, when choosing artificial wood flooring, it is important to consider the technical specifications of the product to ensure you are getting the best quality flooring for your investment. The AC rating, thickness, plank width and length, moisture resistance, underlayment, installation method, and warranty are all important factors to consider when making your decision. By taking the time to research and compare different laminate floors, you can find the perfect surface for your home that will provide durability, affordability, and easy maintenance for years to come. For more help with selecting the right flooring for your space, contact Lamiwood’s experts to make an appointment. We’ll be happy to walk you through your laminate flooring options.