Wood laminate flooring is often confused with engineered wood floors, however laminate wood flooring has an image of wood on the surface instead of a thin veneer of timber.
Laminate flooring offers natural wood look, cost-efficient and is an alternative to wood flooring.
Laminate is a type of synthetic flooring that is made by fusing several layers of different material together using heat, pressure, and adhesive, in a process known as lamination.
Laminate flooring is available in a wide range of colours and grains. Laminate flooring will not fade and extremely stain resistant. They are also moisture resistant and can install in most living areas. Laminate flooring is the perfect choice for family with young children and pets.
When it comes to laminate, you pay for what you get. Cheaper laminates are available; however tend to have low AC ratings, no resistance to moisture and very high pattern repeats in the décor.
The result is a floor that looks cheap when installed, does not look real and does not last long.
WHY MUST THERE BE UNDERLAYMENT FOR LAMINATE FLOORING
Laminate flooring must be installed over underlayment. An appropriate underlayment can also reduce the hollow noise that occurs when walking on some laminate floors.
The underlayment is the thin, flexible sheet of resilient material that is installed on top of a sub-floor in order to act as a base for the laminate sheets or tiles you’re installing.
While the sub-floor provides the foundational support for the room, the underlayment is the foundation for the floor and is intended to enhance and protect the flooring.
It has several functions: it slightly levels the flooring; it cushions the laminate planks; it reduces sound transmission; it slightly improves the R-value (heat conductivity) of the floor.
Proper selection and installation of underlayment are important because it can affect how your laminate flooring feels and how it wears over time.
The type of underlayment chosen should be based on the environment it’s being installed into, the type of floor chosen, and your own personal needs for space.