Choosing the Right Laminate Floor
Laminate flooring is one of the best flooring options available on the market
today and choosing laminate flooring is sure to give you a big return on
investment. However, the work doesn't stop there. A floor can make or break the
look of a room. Laminate flooring comes in many different types of patterns and
colors, and determining which type to use for a particular room can be a
Foot traffic and AC ratings
One of the first things to consider is where the laminate flooring is going to
be installed. The type of room where the laminate floor will be used will
determine where to lay it down; you will need to have an idea of the foot
traffic that is expected. This bit of information can help you choose among
flooring options available based on the AC Rating of the laminate floor you are
considering. If you are going to install your laminate floor in a bedroom, then
a laminate with a grade of AC1 to AC3 will be suited for the job. Hallway
installations, which will be subject to more frequent foot traffic work best
with AC3-grade laminate floor.
Moisture levels and the laminate floor
Another bit of information that should be considered when choosing where the
laminate floor will be laid is the moisture level that is expected in the room.
This helps determine what type of underlayment which can be used for the
particular laminate floor. Also, one should consider the type of core that is
present in the laminate. Laminate floor core layers are treated with
water-repellent chemicals to help protect your floors from water damage. A
laminate floor with a denser core are more stable, less vulnerable to moisture,
and sound more like real hardwood floors when walked upon.
Laminate floor color and pattern choices
As far as aesthetics goes, choosing the right color laminate for your room is
very important. The floor is often a feature that ties a room's look together.
Choosing the wrong color or the wrong finish can detract from this decorative
harmony. Take into consideration the color of the furniture in that particular
room. A lighter laminate floor will work well with neutral-colored decor. If
you have dark- or rich-colored furniture, you should consider installing a
cherry-colored laminate floor to complement it. You should also consider the
placement of the laminates when picking the color. Be sure that the color you
choose for that room can cope with the amount of traffic that the floor will
have. For example, light-colored laminate floors are not suited for areas where
there is going to be a lot of foot traffic because there is the increased
likelihood of scratching and soiling.
Laminates are also available in a variety of patterns, and this feature, too,
contribute to the list of things you have to consider when choosing a laminate
flooring to install. Whether you like to make a bold statement with your floor
or you want it to be a subtle accent for the rest of the room is up to you.
Taking these things into consideration and making the right choices will enable
you to make the most out of your beautiful laminate floor.