I started to write here. how to change the look of our house in less than a day using laminate flooring.
Now let’s try to understand how to choose the right product for us.
Regulations divide the laminate flooring not by appearance but by the technical characteristics.
It is normal to have floors looking the same, but with completely different characteristics and, consequently, different prices.
The main thing to consider is the AR class (Abrasion Resistance class) with a value ranging from 3 (low) to 6 (strong)
For our house we need a 3 AR and, if a harder material is wanted, we can increase the class without problems.
The second element to consider is the IC impact resistance, this value ranges from 2 (weak) and 4 (strong).
The higher this number is, the better the floor will resist the loss of the pots or dishes that we will launch our companion.
Another element to take into account is the electrostatic behavior, being a predominantly plastic material it must be static treated, otherwise we will make sparks while walking.
The bulge in thickness as the floor is in contact with liquids must have an average value of 6% / 8%
Besides the above there are a few other parameters such as resistance to cigarette burns, stain resistance, fire resistance, UV resistance, etc., but I think they are secondary, as they are guaranteed in all products for sale and have no affect the final price.
It’s very important to consider that usually AR3 class floors (those commonly used in houses) shall have an expansion joint every 7.00 ml.
In this way you can avoid the excessive expansion of the floor and possible bulges in case of very humid environments.
Using AR6 class floors we don’t need to use expansion joints.
Lastly, remember that in the laminate flooring a 2 mm thickness pad s required ( that insulates a lot the in-floor heating), all doors must be cut approximately 1 cm, and you have to put special attention to the security door.
Once technical specifications and most suitable choices are evaluated, we can focus on the appearance of the floor.
If you have questions , please comment.