Now let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of vinyl laminate. This material is an artificial floor covering, which consists of several layers: a substrate, an inner layer, a decorative outer coating, and a protective polymer layer. In addition to these layers, for the manufacture of laminate sometimes use additional external processing. For example, a special coating to increase the sound insulation performance of the material.
Like linoleum, laminate is divided into several types depending on the purpose of the room in which it will be placed. These varieties are designated by the term “class”. There are classes under the numbers 21, 22, 23 and 31, 32, 33, 34. The larger the number, the higher the wear resistance and durability of the coating. For example, class 21 laminate is great for ordinary residential apartments. A class 34 is already more durable and durable, so it is best suited for shopping centers and other commercial premises. Also available are some particularly durable models for dance halls and moisture-proof options for kitchens.
We list the main advantages of such a flooring:
Environmental friendliness. In the manufacture of laminate used natural wood that provides good quality coating and safety for the environment and humans.
The wealth of textures and colors. In the catalogs of modern stores you can easily find laminate, which is almost impossible to distinguish from a real tree either in color or in texture. At the same time the cost of such a floor will be quite affordable.
Disadvantages of this material:
Instability to moisture. If you decide to lay a laminate in your apartment, then you should not do wet cleaning too often, because if a large amount of water gets in, the material may swell and deteriorate.
Relative fragility. In the absence of special protective impregnations, such a coating will last no more than five years. In addition, often the material is completely unstable to external damage and chips and scratches can quickly appear on it.