Laminate – Advantages, Disadvantages & Quality Differences
Laminate is the floor covering that convinces all along the line in terms of functionality, design diversity and robustness. As an alternative to costly to process and often expensive parquet floor laminate flooring with a balanced price-performance ratio in the ranking of popular flooring is far ahead. We consider in detail the properties and advantages of laminate. We also explain how differences in price and execution are to be questioned. Laminate is suitable for use in the private as well as in the commercial sector. You can choose between products of different usage classes.
As an alternative to rather expensive real wood parquet, a laminate floor with its features and a well thought-out construction weighs the aspect of not being a pure natural product. Nonetheless, the construction of a laminate plank or tile is to a large extent made of wood. A highly compressed wood fiber board – also called HDF board – forms the supporting core of a good laminate, whether plank or laminate tile look. In addition, products with MDF as carrier material are offered.
One factor that determines the durability of the laminate floor is the thickness of the floorboards or tiles, depending on the particular substrate being processed. Laminates are available in various thicknesses from 6 mm to 12 mm.
A variant with a low construction is particularly renovation-friendly and can be used well for the stress in the private living area. Laminate grades with thicknesses of around 12 mm are even more durable and therefore more durable. By using appropriate coatings, the swelling behavior and material density of the products can be significantly optimized. We are happy to assist you in choosing the right laminate thickness and quality for your use.
As already mentioned, the carrier material forms the essential part of a laminate plank. In this point, the chaff separates from the wheat, if you want to set the quality and the price category of a flooring in proportion. We advise you always to grab a laminate floor with HDF support plate.
Because “HDF” stands for a highly compressed wood-based panel, which is more stable and resistant than, for example, a carrier panel made of MDF. The abbreviation “MDF” stands for medium-density fiberboard. Although a particularly low price should lure, opt for a laminate article, which is equipped with high-density fiberboard (HDF). They are much better than carrier material for products with heavy load and low material thickness. Laminate is one such product.
Depending on the manufacturer, the laminate products are equipped with a special carrier plate whose swelling behavior has been optimized by using appropriate additives. We will gladly advise you and clarify these details for you.
Each feature and design variant contributes to a successful overall picture. For example, laminate surfaces with circumferential 4-V joints result in a floor appearance in typical floorboard appearance.