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Choosing the best laminate flooring for your home can come down to looks alone for the uneducated buyer. Knowing what goes into truly quality laminate flooring can be what helps you choose a floor that lasts. The best can last nearly as long as stone or ceramic, but they will be at a fraction of the cost.
Looks do indeed matter. The best laminate flooring will have a high quality decorative layer that displays a realistic photographic image of the material being replicated. If you’re not satisfied with the look then this will obviously not be a good choice for you no matter how long it may last. You should look for how it simulates the grain, colour and texture of the material it is imitating. The best ones will be nearly identical to the real thing.
The board thickness is another determining factor. The thicker and denser it is, and the more closely it resembles its real life counterpart, the higher quality the laminate. For those who really pay attention you can even hear the difference between a high quality and a low quality laminate as the best will even sound more like the real thing. Look for a board thickness of 8 – 12mm.
A hybrid of materials underneath and on top of this photographic layer being fused together is what gives this material its longevity. Under the photograph you will find an inner core of an advanced resin that is stable and resistant to moisture. It can also offer sound absorption, making it ideal for a bedroom. The very bottom layer is the backing. It acts as a moisture barrier to prevent warping. Above the photograph there will be a protective layer that prevents stains, fading and wear of the image. Having all of these layers together makes the great laminate flooring for your home.
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