Monday, May 16, 2011

LAMINATE FLOORING

LAMINATE WOOD FLOORING –
Laminate flooring consists of a top layer of decorative printed film which is fused to a protective abrasion resistant film on the top. This is then fixed over a base of high density fibreboard. Various designs can be printed on the top layer due to which there is almost an unlimited variety of designs available, including all exotic varieties. The planks are available in various sizes from 150-200mm width and around 2m in length. Today, even extra long planks of upto 3m length are also available. The thickness of the planks are around 8-10mm. The thing to be kept in mind is that laminate floors are artificial products and are not natural wood.

INSTALLATION
The planks are fixed using an interlocking system of tongue and grooves and are laid over an underlay of 0.2mm thick alkali resistant poly-ethylene sheet i.e, a floating floor, to provide for the expansion and contraction due to temperature variations. There are special skirting pieces and also special trims to provide at the end of the flooring.
In case the area is larger than 12m along the length of the plank or more than 8m along the width of the plank, an expansion provision has to be provided in between the floor to be secured with that of a dilation profile – as per Pergo
AREAS OF APPLICATION –
Common areas of residences, High resistant laminates may be used for high wear commercial areas although their durability cannot be ensured.
Note - As per EN 13329, class 33 is ideal for high domestic and high commercial areas; class 23 / 31 is ideal for high domestic and light commercial area. Similarly, the wear resistance also varies with the class of use as per EN 13329, AC 5 for high domestic and high commercial areas and AC 3 for high domestic and light commercial area.
COMMON FINISHES –
Mahagony, Ash, Beech, Teak, Walnut, Wenge etc in the natural wood range. Even solid colours and prints of stone, ceramic, concrete etc are also available.
MAINTENANCE –
Felt pads are to be used at the bottom of the furniture legs to prevent scratching. For cleaning purposes, vacuum cleaners and non-abrasive soap free mop cleaners are to be used. Use a good quality door mat at the entrance to prevent dirt entering the space.
COMPANIES –
Pergo, My-floor, Scheit etc.
GUARANTEE
Pergo gives a written guarantee against wear, fading & stains – guarantee varies from 10 years to lifetime.



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