Laminate Flooring Types

Laminate floor design has seen many advances in the past several years. It has gained popularity because of its durability and ease of cleaning. There are many design styles, including a variety of ceramic and natural stone looks as well as natural wood.  Advances in the printing process of the top layer have added an impression that mirrors the grains of wood and the texture of ceramic and stone tiles.

Laminate Flooring Thickness

Laminate flooring comes in varying thicknesses, from the thinnest at 6mm to the better floors at about 14mm.  8mm is considered to be the middle range, which is sufficient for most residential homes. Product thicker then 8mm can feel more like real wood floors. 

Typical Laminate Floor Construction 

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High pressure laminate (HPL)- The planks are fused together in a one or two step process. Layers are fused together and then combined with the other materials and fused together to complete the process. This method produces a more durable plank then the DPL method. Direct pressure laminate (DPL)-All the materials are fused together at once to produce the plank.This method is less expensive to manufacture.   

Laminate Flooring AC Rating System

The AC measure rates abrasion resistance, impact resistance, resistance to staining and cigarette burns, and thickness swelling along edges.
    • AC1 - lighter, more infrequent traffic.
    • AC2 - general residential use in living rooms and dining rooms.
    • AC3 - small offices and other light commercial locations.
    • AC4 - higher traffic commercial areas such as offices, and restaurants.
    • AC5 - heavier commercial areas such as stores and public buildings