December 18, 2023

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Types of laminate flooring to include in your next project

Whether it's for renovating a home or for designing a new space, laminate flooring is the perfect choice for combining style and practicality.

Laminate flooring is a must for projects where the appearance of wood is sought, but without compromising durability. The choice of flooring is crucial to creating a welcoming and aesthetically pleasing interior design. In this regard, laminate flooring is a perfect choice that combines elegance, durability and versatility.

Laminate flooring AC4 Home 1L Salzburg by L'Antic Colonial.

Laminate flooring AC4 Home 1L Salzburg by L'Antic Colonial.

In the following post, we'll be exploring this type of floating floor system in depth, from its composition to its practical benefits. A guide that will make it easier to choose the best model to decorate any space.

What is laminate flooring?

Laminate flooring is a floor consisting of layers of synthetic materials, fused by a lamination process. This smart design simulates other materials and provides greater resistance to wear and stains. They are usually made with fibreboard or HDF panels and come in plank format.
This is the structure of laminate flooring:

Laminate flooring AC5 Viena 1L Coglians by L'Antic Colonial.

Laminate flooring AC5 Viena 1L Coglians by L'Antic Colonial.

  • Protective layer or Overlay. It is the upper layer and its main function is to add resistance and protection to the surface of the laminate flooring.

  • Decorative layer. This is the layer on which the design of the laminate flooring is printed. It will give you an aesthetic finish inspired by wood, natural stone or any other material.

  • HDF core material. Typically, the core of laminate flooring is a high-density wooden fibreboard. This layer is the most important, as it determines its quality.

  • Balancing layer. The balancing layer has two uses. It serves as a barrier to stop the penetration of moisture from the subfloor and it helps to stabilize the floor.

Types of laminate flooring: Differences between AC4, AC5 and AC6

Laminate flooring is known for its durability and versatility. In this regard, there is a classification (AC, Abrasion Class) that indicates the specific abrasion resistance of each model. This indicator affects the product's surface, its wear and tear or its resistance to scratches. AC4, AC5 and AC6 are the most common references for this type of floating floor. These are the main differences between these categories that will help you to make the right selection for your project.

(1) Laminate AC4 Residence 1L Idaho by L'Antic Colonial. (2) Laminate AC5 Elegant 1L Platinum by L'Antic Colonial. (3) Laminate AC6 Natural 1L Yukon by L'Antic Colonial.

AC4: Versatile durability

The AC4 classification is ideal for residential areas with moderate traffic, such as living rooms and dining rooms. These types of laminate flooring are able to withstand daily wear and are suitable for homes with pets and children. They are also an excellent choice for commercial environments with lighter footfall, such as private offices and conference rooms. The wear layer of an AC4 floating floor provides additional abrasion resistance to maintain the original appearance for a long time.

AC5: High performance

Laminate flooring with an AC5 classification is more resistant and designed to withstand heavy footfall. This category is perfect for areas with a lot of traffic in the home, such as halls and doorways. It can also be installed in more demanding commercial environments, such as retail shops and restaurants. The wear layer of a AC5 floating floor provides additional abrasion resistance. This ensures that the flooring maintains its appearance intact, even in the toughest conditions of use.

AC6: Maximum resistance

In terms of abrasion resistance, AC6 grade laminated flooring is the best choice. This type of laminate flooring is designed to withstand extreme conditions. Busy shopping areas or public spaces that experience significant wear and need extra durability. Its layer is thicker and more resistant, guaranteeing its inalterability, even in the most challenging circumstances.

In conclusion, the choice between AC4, AC5 and AC6 in laminate flooring systems will depend on the space in which they are installed and the amount of traffic they need to withstand. AC4 is suitable for most residential settings. AC5 and AC6 offer additional abrasion resistance for areas of high traffic and commercial spaces. These differences make it possible to make the right decision that combines aesthetics and durability suitable for a specific project.

Easy installation and maintenance

Easy installation and maintenance is one of the main attractions of laminate flooring. These are some key aspects:

Easy to install

  • Click system. This is the system used for most laminate floors. This installation method does not require adhesive and allows quick and simple assembly. Each plank clicks into the previous piece, making it simple to install.
  • Floating installation. Laminate flooring is installed directly over an existing sub-structure. This means that they are not glued to the floor tiles. This facilitates the installation on different types of surfaces, such as plywood or ceramic.
  • The space is ready to use very quickly. As no adhesive is used, laminate flooring allows for the quick availability of the space. After installation, the area is ready to use immediately

Easy maintenance

  • Simple cleaning. The surface is resistant to stains and scratches making them easy to clean every day. A simple sweep with a broom or vacuum keeps the floor free of dust and other particles. For persistent stains, a damp cloth can be used.
  • Avoids the use of abrasive chemical products. To preserve the protective layer, it is advisable to avoid using abrasive cleaning products. There are gentle cleaners that have been specifically designed for laminate flooring.
  • Resistance to humidity. Some laminate flooring has water-resistant properties, which makes it easy to maintain in areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Simple repair. In the event of localised damage, such as light scratches or damaged planks, the repair is relatively easy. A floating floor allows individual pieces to be replaced without having to change the entire floor.

Style and design, laminate flooring by L'Antic Colonial

L'Antic Colonial has a wide range of laminate flooring to suit all tastes and preferences. Designs inspired by natural wood that fit any décor style. In addition, the printing technology used by L'Antic Colonial reproduces the natural patterns and textures in detail, creating a genuine-looking appearance. Different shades, wide planks or installation systems that offer creative freedom when it comes to customising a space.

Laminate LS 1L Portland by L'Antic Colonial.

Laminate LS 1L Portland by L'Antic Colonial.

Sustainability is another point to take into account when choosing a laminate floating floor by L'Antic Colonial. Most of the collections carry PEFC certification. This mark verifies, through the traceability carried out with the chain of custody system, that the product contains certified material sourced from sustainably managed forests.
Laminate flooring also has a lower replacement frequency compared to other flooring options. This, together with the installation without adhesive and the ability to reuse the boards in the event of remodelling, make them an extremely ecofriendly choice.

Laminate flooring, elegance and practicality

Laminate flooring is an attractive, versatile solution bringing you the aesthetics of wood with added durability. Easy to install, simple to maintain and available in a range of designs, this type of laminate flooring is a sleek solution for any project. Whether it's for renovating a home or for designing a new space, laminate flooring is the perfect choice for combining style and practicality.

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