The floor and its covering are an important part of the interior. Of course, there are many options, but the most popular today is laminate. This is a good replacement for expensive parquet and inconvenient parquet boards.
You need to choose a laminate very carefully, focusing not only on the appearance, coating, but also on some qualities that affect the durability of this flooring. So, when choosing which kind of laminate to buy, you need to take into account its such characteristics: manufacturer, class, type of surface, moisture resistance and type of locks. Let's talk about how to choose the right laminate.
It is advisable to give preference to laminate made in Norway, Germany and Belgium. The products of these manufacturers have been tested by experience: these companies have been specializing in its production for several decades, so there is no doubt about the quality and cannot be.
Regardless of the country of origin, the main qualities of the laminate depend on which class it belongs to. The entire laminate is divided into the following classes: 21, 22, 23, 31, 32, 33. Each class has its own characteristics, but the main thing to remember: the higher the class, the greater its strength. For example, a class 21 laminate is generally not advised to buy, because it is not resistant to scratches, damage, and quickly deteriorates. Such a floor covering can last for a couple of years, maximum. Of course, the higher the grade, the more durable the laminate is. Class 33 guarantees proper condition for more than 25 years - the difference in quality, as you can see, is huge. Therefore, when choosing a laminate, consider which room it will be in, whether it will be exposed to stress, etc.
The surface may also vary. Basically, this factor does not play a role in the strength of the laminate, but still ... The aesthetic side of the issue is just as important as the practical. Therefore, choose a laminate that is suitable for both wall coverings and furniture. The only thing a surface can decide is the rate of contamination. Corrugated, of course, will get dirty faster and more difficult to wash.
Moisture resistance, like strength, depends on the class of the laminate. Actually, the better the laminate is, the less it will react to moisture: it will not swell and deform. In general, any laminate does not tolerate long-term contact with moisture, so you need to wash it not with a wet, but with a damp cloth, or with a special washing vacuum cleaner.
The type of locks is also an important characteristic in the choice. There is an outdated glue system, which requires additional investment of time and money, but does not always guarantee a high-quality installation. There are also systems on the "Click" and "Lock" locks. The system of locks "Click" is easier to install, does not require special skills, and the laminate with the "Locke" system should be installed only by professionals, because everything is not as simple as it would seem. But such a system of locks is much cheaper and more affordable.