Choosing the right floor covering is not a matter. Everyone wants the floor in the house to be beautiful and durable, and also does not require special care. Today, most consumers choose a laminated coating. Laminate is the most popular coating, in addition, it adds to the apartment of comfort and heat. How to choose a laminate, and by what criteria the floor laminated coating is evaluated?
The selection of a laminated coating depends on which room you are picking up it. Since the load on the floor in the apartment is less than in public places, the laminate is selected by different classes. Total grades are distinguished. For the home you can use the coating of the 21-23 classes. For example, grade 23 laminate is more suitable for the kitchen, as well as the hallway. For the bedroom, you can use the laminate of medium strength – 22 classes. Well, the coating of the 21st class is suitable for the dressing room.
The apartment is also suitable, a more durable laminate, which is designed for high loads. This is a laminate with marking 31–33. The highest coating class is 33. Such a coating can be used even in the gym.
Moisture resistance and water resistance
Usually, the high -class coating is quite moisture -resistant, that is, when in contact with moisture, even for several hours, they are not deformed.
Some time ago, another type of laminated coating appeared – waterproof. Such a laminate can be used in the bathroom, as it has a plastic base.
Choose the thickness
The thicker the laminate, the higher its strength. Coating thickness from 6 to 12 mm. For the apartment, a laminate with a thickness of 7 mm is quite suitable. But for the stock of strength, you can use the thickest coating. When choosing a thickness, you also need to take into account the size of the room. When using a coating with a thickness of 6 mm in a room with a large area, a decrease in sound insulation is possible. If you choose granite steps, then the laminate will probably not suit you.
Formaldehyde content can be found on packaging. The norm is believed if the packaging has an icon – e 1. Also, the laminate must undergo tests for the EN 13329 certificate.
When buying, do not forget to clarify the warranty period. Typically, a laminate warranty is given for 3-4 years. But some manufacturers increased the warranty period to 10 years..