About Laminate flooring floors showing the difference between HPL and DPL

About Laminate Flooring.

Unlike hardwood, laminate flooring will not stain, fade, dent and are far more scratch and water resistant. They are suited to all areas in the home including bathrooms and kitchens.

About entry level laminate flooring:

These floors are designed for light traffic areas and come with warranties ranging from 10 to 15 years. Most people set their expectations too high and expect that entry level laminate floors will perform under heavy traffic conditions and still look good for the duration of the warranty. This is however not the case, as an entry level floors subject to high traffic will start to show wear and tear within three to five years.

Lamninate floors are available with cores ranging from 6mm up to 12mm. A thicker core is more stable, less vulnerable to buckling and will sound more like real hardwood when walked on. Good quality cores are treated with water repellent chemicals, and resist swelling due to excessive moisture. This is very important especially when considering placing laminate floors in bathrooms and kitchens. For these applications also consider a floor that has Paraffin wax impregnated joints. The Paraffin wax acts as a water repellent and will prevent topical water spills from penetrating down to the core. Also remember to scrutinize the warranty, as certain products are not covered for use in bathrooms and kitchens.

Buying the laminate floor that suits your needs will save you money in the long run. This is not to say that every home requires a high end floor with an extensive warranty. Consider the amount of traffic as well as the amount of time you intend staying in your current home. There is no point in purchasing an expensive floor with an extended warranty if you plan on moving in the near future.

Laminate flooring offers the best combination of quality and value in a wide range of colors, styles and designs and are also engineered for exceptional strength and durability and will last for years and years. For a rich and long-lasting experience, at a home friendly price, choose l-a-m-i-n-a-t-e; it's a natural look for your home and for the way you want to live.

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