Based on the coating material, the following types are distinguished:
The most popular type of laminate, which is found most often in homes and commercial premises. This coating imitates parquet, but it is much cheaper. The decorative layer of such a laminate is made on a paper basis, on which a drawing with an imitation of wood or other natural materials is applied. On top of the decorative layer is covered with a special protective layer, which eliminates the deformation of the board under the influence of various loads.
A very comfortable option, it is characterized by the softness, porosity of the coating, which perfectly retains heat, while not accumulating static electricity and has good sound-absorbing properties. The noble cork coating gives additional comfort to the room, however, it is characterized by a high cost, it is absolutely not moisture-resistant and requires laying a waterproofing substrate before installation and processing with moisture-resistant compounds after.
It is based on vinyl, which is characterized by ideal moisture resistance, flexibility and ease of installation. Due to these characteristics, vinyl laminate or PVC boards can be laid in rooms with a high level of humidity, such as a bathroom, kitchen, etc.
Externally, it is similar to vinyl, it is highly resistant to abrasion and fading, fire resistance, a huge variety of design solutions. Such a coating is easy and quick to install, it is unpretentious in cleaning, it does not deform under the influence of high temperatures. Environmental friendliness is another serious advantage of quartz-vinyl laminate.
This type of laminate began to be produced quite recently-less than 10 years ago. This coating with a three-dimensional image or inscription stands out with an interesting appearance.
The class is understood as the expected wear resistance of a particular laminate sample. This indicator is inherent in each type of such coverage. The class designation consists of two digits, where the first is the area of application, and the second is the degree of load and passability of the room. Laminate flooring for residential areas has a classification from 21 to 23. Coverage for commercial premises - from 31 to 34.
When choosing a class of laminating coating for the home, you should know that the coating provided for commercial premises behaves perfectly at home. By laying such a laminate in a house or apartment, you will significantly prolong the life of your floor.
According to experts, the most popular and ideal laminate for home use is 32 classes. If it will last 3-5 years in the office, then at home it will last at least 10. Laminate of the 31st class at home will withstand a period of 8-10 years, while 33 classes – 15-20 years. Also keep in mind that the higher the coverage class, the higher its price.