How to choose a laminate for an apartment by quality
Who hot times faced with a major overhaul, asked myself the question of how to choose the best quality laminate for the floor in the apartment?
We will try to understand the most sought-after qualities of the coating.
How to choose the thickness of the laminate? It is worth noting the main characteristics when choosing the thickness:
- durability and resistance to stress;
- reliability (and need) of heat insulation;
- noise absorption and sound insulation.
Thicker material, respectively, and will cost more. Therefore, it is more expedient to pick up something in between. As a rule, the coating thickness in residential premises is 8-7 mm. Thinner should be used only in heated floors. In this case, the laminate (thinner) will be better to transfer heat.
How to choose a substrate for laminate?
This question is very important, because the final life of the coating depends on well-chosen substrate. The correct choice depends on the following factors:
- on what type of base is planned to mount the floor;
- measurement of air humidity and its temperature;
- possible differences in floor height;
- brand of the coating under which the substrate is intended.
-bung. Among the advantages - the absence of any corrosion, mold, durability, excellent shock absorption, sound insulation. In turn, it is divided into rubber cork, bitumen-cork, cork crumb, cork canvas;
- polypropylene (foamed). Fully protected from moisture and well ventilated. However, often, with a large load, it loses its shape. And this leads to uneven floors;
-Polystyrene. Designed for heavy loads. Good thermal insulation;
foil backing. Excellent heat insulation.
How to choose the color of the laminate?
There are several factors to consider:
-solution of the interior. The main colors of the apartment, decor, the availability of materials design;
-form of the room (room). In a square room does not fit the picture created for rounded shapes, and vice versa.
-Brightness and quality of light in the room.
In the matter of color solutions coverage, there is no universal advice.Here you should rely on your taste, or turn to a professional. A qualified designer will be able to find the right coverage that meets your needs, taste and financial ability.
In addition to color, pay attention to the pattern of the future floor. Having correctly defeated with color and pattern, you can visually enlarge, or vice versa, reduce the room.
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