Separating the wheat from the chaff
The range of products available is very large, because as well as specialist dealers, DIY stores and furniture dealers also stock laminate floors. However, don’t be tempted just to compare prices. It’s worth taking a closer look at the packaging, because not all products offer the same quality and environmentally-friendly production. Products labelled with the load classes according to the European laminate flooring standard EN 13329 and the CE mark offer more consumer protection and transparency. Both symbols can usually be found on the product insert, which is visible through a film.
EU standards safeguard quality
The producers who belong to the EPLF (Association of European Producers of Laminate Flooring) have committed to manufacturing their products in line with the quality requirements set out in the European standard. This involves testing properties such as the abrasion resistance, impact resistance, stain resistance, lightfastness and swelling behaviour of a floor. The CE standard also includes stringent requirements for emissions, fire characteristics and anti-slip properties.
Remember: always look before buying!
A quick glance is all it takes to give you peace of mind, because laminate floors tested in accordance with EN 13329 are produced exclusively in Europe. This means that they are subject to the usual quality and safety standards, underlined by the CE mark.
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