Nowadays laminate is one of the most popular flooring materials. It is practical and durable, also flexible in design making it an option for all kinds of interiors.
When choosing a laminate it is essential to pay attention to its size, besides the color and pattern.
The size of the laminate boards may vary depending on the producer. However, there are some standards regarding the length, width, and fit of the boards that cannot be avoided. Nevertheless, in case of necessity, there can be made some adjustments.
Length is the first parameter that is indicated. The standard length of a laminate board is 1200-1400 millimeters. There is a rare option of a board with a length of up to 1800mm as well. For the floor to look stunning with such lengths, the laminate board, and the surface should be perfected matched, otherwise the floor will be destined to soon damage and will not look aesthetically right.
The width of the laminate board also does play a crucial role, it is available both in low and wide forms. The width of the board depends on the surface layer. Narrower laminate boards look like parquet flooring and have a nice appearance. As for the wide boards, they are mainly used in the pattern named Herringbone, which can match interiors of various styles.
The average width of the laminate boards is between 300 and 400 millimeters. This gives a neat look to your entire floor.
The thickness of the board is also an important characteristic of the laminate flooring. As known, a laminate board is made of 5 layers, and each of them serves a certain purpose. The top layer, which is also considered to be the most important of all the layers, protects the board from all kinds of external damages. The resins it is covered with do not get worn out even over years. The thickness of the protective layer may vary, however, the general quality and resistance of the laminate board depend on it.
The next layer is called film or decorative layer. It can be dark, light, and pattern-decorated; it determines the appearance of the coating. Then follows the waterproof layer, which as one would guess is made to resist humidity.
The main part of the board is the carrier layer, which is also the thickest of all the others. To have the carrier layer, wood is kept under high temperatures. It may be made from MDF or HDF.
And the last layer is named the balancer. It has the “responsibility” to resist moisture and also to keep the board in shape by stabilizing and making it smooth and even. Generally, kraft paper is chosen as the material for this layer.
All the above-mentioned layers form a thickness of about 8mm on average. The minimum thickness of a laminate board can be 6mm, and the maximum will range up to 12mm.