Is it laminate or laminate flooring?
Strictly speaking it should be laminate flooring. Laminate (from the Latin lamina, meaning ‘layer’) literally means layers that are pressed together. Laminates are also used in the furniture industry, for example. But in everyday speech most people refer to laminate flooring as laminate.
What kind of laminate flooring decors are there?
Retailers stock many different attractive decors. Wood, stone or creative decors – the possibilities are endless, because with laminate floors the decor is printed on a special kind of paper, called decorative paper, or directly on the core layer. The only limit is the designer’s imagination.
How do you look after a laminate floor?
Just sweep or vacuum regularly and occasionally wipe down with a slightly damp cloth that has been well wrung out. Mop up any spilt water immediately! Because of its sealed surface, laminate flooring is extremely hygienic and allergy-friendly.
How can you assess the quality of a floor?
When buying a laminate floor, make sure it features the load classes according to EN 13329 and the CE mark. These floors have been subjected to numerous tests to ensure they are suitable for everyday use, and offer a high level of quality.
Are laminate floors quiet?
Yes, because modern laminate flooring has footstep sound insulation which is either integrated in the product or laid separately underneath the floor. This considerably reduces undesired noise caused by footfalls.
What kind of laminate flooring can I use where?
The load classes on the product packaging tell you what kind of use your floor is designed to stand up to. Classes 21 to 23 are designed for private homes, while classes 31 to 34 are suitable for commercially used buildings. The higher the number, the more use the floor can withstand.
How should you dispose of laminate flooring?
Individual boards and leftovers from laying the floor can be disposed of along with normal household waste. Entire floors should be taken to a residual waste or recycling facility. Because they are made mostly of wood they can be easily burned and used for energy generation. Please always observe the regulations that apply in your area.
Can laminate floors be recycled?
Yes, laminate floors can be recycled. Once broken down into chips or fibres, 85% of the mass of a laminate floor can be returned to the manufacturing process. This is just one reason why laminate flooring is so environmentally friendly.