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Laminate flooring

Created: 16 April 2015

 width=Laminate flooring is one of the main types of flooring made from wood. It is made from trees planted for industrial purposes (pine and eucalyptus), which are renewable and recyclable sources of raw material.

Developed with advanced technology, used in households, trade and corporate environments.

Among the main differentials of laminate flooring recognized by consumers are quality, convenience, durability, easy and quick installation, not to mention comfort, beauty and anti-bacterial protection.

Launched in Sweden in 1980, laminate flooring arrived in Brazil in 1994 through imports. Given its immediate acceptance in the Brazilian market, production began in the beginning of 1999 in Brazil.

Attributes

High resistance laminate flooring offers a number of advantages to modern life. Installation is fast and can even be installed on concrete, vinyl, ceramic and other types of wood (upper floor) flooring, except on top of carpets or floating wood.

The product can also be called floating flooring, as it is not glued, screwed or nailed to the subfloor, nor fastened to the baseboard. Enabling fast installation and easy repair.

Cleaning laminate flooring also provides advantages for consumers: just clean daily with a clean and moist cloth (not soaked). On the contrary, to other flooring, it should not be waxed or polished. Laminate flooring does not hold dust nor dirt; therefore, it does not cause allergies. Additionally, laminate flooring provides thermal and acoustic comfort in environments.

Resistance to wear, staining and impact also guarantees its high performance.

Interacting with Nature

Laminate flooring is made from trees planted for industrial purposes. Planting respects the global environmental protection standards, such as ISO 14000 certification.

Additionally, planted trees are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the National Forest Certification Program (Cerflor), endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Systems (PEFC).

Meaning that planting is carried out according to sustainable forestry management principles that seek to reduce environmental impacts and promote economic and social development of the communities surrounding the plantations and mills.

It is worth noting that the waste from the production process is used in transforming wood into energy for manufacturers’ own consumption.

Composition of laminate flooring

Laminate flooring is available in planks, made up of wood fibers or particles. These planks resemble woody patterns on the surface and have high abrasion resistance, guaranteeing its durability.

The planks are made with diverse finish patterns and sizes, offering consumers the options to decorate each environment.

The main layers of laminate flooring are:

Surface Layer (Cover)

Core

Stabilizing Film

Balance or Melamine backing – Made from pulp layers, impregnated with melamine resin, giving the floor stability.