Laminated flooring is a type of floor surface finish that is made up of a moisture-blocking underlay, a wood composite middle core layer, a décor laminate layer and a top finishing layer of melamine resin material as the final wearing floor layer.
Laminate Flooring Layers
Laminate Floor Underlay
The Laminate floor underlay is a countering layer that helps to stabilize the floor structure other than also functioning as a moisture barrier in preventing water seepage into the floor base. It is necessary to maintain the structural integrity for optimal coherence of the installation as well as to minimize any knocking sounds caused by hollowness.
This underlayment can usually be applied directly on to any substrate; even another floor finish like tiles, cement, screed, concrete, etc, (except for carpet) as long as the ground is well leveled.
Laminate Floor Middle Core Layer
The term “waterproof laminate flooring” is often being marketed to consumers when in fact, since the middle layer is of compressed wood material, i.e., high-density Fibre core (HDF) or medium-density fibre (MDF), laminated flooring therefore is not waterproof but water-resistant. Laminated floors cannot be installed in wet areas like the bathroom or toilet where the floors are with water contact at most times.
Décor Laminate Layer
We hear the term “wood laminate flooring” all the time and this is often mistaken for a type of wood flooring with natural wood wearing surface. The word “wood” in this instance refers to the imagery of wood superimposed on synthetic surface material to simulate the appearance of hardwood or softwood flooring, ranging from oaks, elms, cherries to hickories, you name it. The material of the finishing layer is hence not wood, but a resin-filled wear layer that overlays the decorative paper with motifs designed to it replicating wood realistically.
Top Resin-filled Wear Layer
Finally, the wear layer that is the highly wear-resistant top layer of the laminate flooring is made of melamine resin overlay. It is hard-wearing, transparent film that protects the floor against abrasions, scratches, dents, stains and marks over time. It is also this top layer that is embossed on the décor layer structure below to mimic the texture of natural wood grain patterns with matte and glossy surface structure so that the floor planks look and feel like natural wood quality surfaces.
Laminate Flooring Pricing
Our laminate flooring pricing ranges from S$3.90 to $6.00 per square foot depending on the material and manufacturing process.
High Pressure vs Direct Pressure Laminate
The High Pressure Laminate (HPL) involves fixing the individual flooring layers at different stages of the production process. This high pressure laminating method usually gives a thicker, tougher and higher-wearing overlayment (wear layer) and hence the products resulting from this method are more durable and has a higher AC rating (Abrasion Class Rating) compared to Direct Pressure Laminates.
That being said, there is still much demand for Direct Pressure Laminate (DPL) for their wider range of décor designs and surface structures. Due to this production method’s simpler process, more flexibility in catering for more laminate wood designs and embossing the surface textured patterns is possible because of production cost efficiency. As such DPL flooring is more commonly available and with lower costs.
Laminated Flooring Installation
The installation of our laminate flooring planks is similar to our vinyl flooring installation. It adopts a “no glue” installation method that involves simply ‘clicking-in’ the floor planks into place. The side edges of each plank has a profile of corrugated grooves that not only allows interlocking the panels together but also sliding off from each other for easy uninstalling.
This fuss-free installation technique also means no drilling, nailing or hammering needed, making the whole installation process clean and quick. As such, laminate flooring is not only preferred by home owners but also ideal for office renovations where fast shifting in is a priority.
Matching skirting is included for the laminate flooring installation.
Laminated Flooring Reviews
The advantages of having laminated flooring are aplenty.
Laminate floors are resistant to abrasions, scratches, scrapes and scuffs due to their hard surface coating. Therefore they can withstand day-to-day wear such as dragging of furniture and walking around with shoes.
Laminated flooring is also resistant to shocks and impacts like sudden knocks. They are also tolerable with point loads, for example, concentrated pressure of a heavy piece of furniture.
They are also heat and flame resistant, which makes them very safe to have in the household as well as not having to worry about burnt marks stained behind.
Our laminated wood flooring is also UV-resistant and does not discolour or fade when exposed to ultra-violet rays from the sun.
Laminate Floor Care and Maintenance
When it comes to cleaning laminate floors, simply wipe or mop any spills off with a clean cloth or mop.
Like our vinyl flooring, you don’t need to polish or wax to maintain the condition of laminated floors. In fact, do not use any cleaners or cleaning agents that contain oil or wax as these ingredients may form a layer of trapped dirt over the floor.
Taking proper due protective care of the floor surface will help to preserve the flooring better and prolong its longevity.
The convenience laminate flooring offers has also led some home owners to use it for kitchen flooring instead of tiles. Laminated floors give a sense of warmth to the kitchen space that tiles less likely to offer.
To get a quotation for laminate flooring, contact us or fill up the form on the right to schedule an appointment.