Laminate flooring is an excellent choice for both home and office space. This material is highly valued for its ease of maintenance, long service life, and a variety of design solutions. Among the advantages are moisture resistance, impact resistance, as well as good resistance to mechanical damage.
Many manufacturers produce a large number of different collections, which differ in pattern and color. You can choose a floor covering for any type of room. But it is important to approach this issue with full responsibility.
Determination of the laminate class
Taber test is a special test that determines the quality of the coating. For this, a special device is used, which is equipped with a rotating abrasive wheel. The appliance is switched on and the wheel is rotated so that it is in contact with the floor under test. The test can be used to check the strength of the top coat.
According to the test results, the following indicators become known:
IP - indicates the number of revolutions after which the first traces of scuffs became visible.
FP is the number of revolutions after which the wear rate reaches 95%.
AT is the average.
The higher the number of revolutions, the more durable the floor covering is considered. There are six classes of laminate: products with 7000-11000 revolutions are usually classified as class 21-22, from 11000-15000 - 23-31, and 15000-20000 - 32-22 class. Each class has its own characteristics.
Resistance classes of laminate
All laminate flooring can be divided into two categories: for use in residential premises, as well as for commercial properties. Each category is in turn divided into three subclasses. For residential premises, the following classes are recommended:
21 - suitable for rooms with a low level of traffic (for example, a bedroom). The operational period is 1-2 years;
22 - ideal for rooms with an average level of traffic (rooms for children, living rooms). The operational period is 2-4 years;
23 - is the best fit for rooms with a high level of traffic (kitchen, corridor, dining room). The operational period is 4-6 years.
But it is worth noting that manufacturers practically do not produce laminate of classes 21-23 because of its low operational reliability even in "home" conditions. It is less practical and reliable than its 31-33 grade counterpart.
Therefore, for modern residential and commercial premises, manufacturers produce products of the following classes:
31 - for rooms with light load (small office, reception). The operational period is 5-10 years;
32 - for premises with a load within the standard norm (offices, commercial premises, kitchens). The operational period is 10-15 years;
33 - for premises with significant load (supermarkets, boutiques, cafes, shops). The operational period is 15-25 years.
Commercial laminate of 31-33 grades can be installed at home. In this case, the service life of the coating will increase significantly. Do not forget that all the positive qualities of the coating directly depend on the price. Therefore, a 33 class laminate will cost much more than a 31 class coating.