Is it better or laminate flooring? Reviews and advice of professionals

Such a coating or as a laminate flooring will give your interior a special dignity and luxury

Such a coating or as a laminate flooring will give your interior a special dignity and luxury

choosing flooring, often it has to decide what fits best - or laminate flooring, reviews on various forums quite ambiguous. To better understand the differences between floor coverings, look at what each of the materials.


Content

  • Vs laminate flooring: how to choose the best option
  • Style
  • appointment of premises
  • The presence of animals

  •  humidity level

  • Care

  • Environmentally friendly

  • Heat and sound insulation

  • repairability
  • issue price
Studio apartment with original parquet board

Such a coating or as a laminate flooring will give your interior a special dignity and luxury

choosing flooring, often it has to decide what fits best - or laminate flooring, reviews on various forums quite ambiguous. To better understand the differences between floor coverings, look at what each of the materials.


Content

  • Vs laminate flooring: how to choose the best option
  • Style
  • appointment of premises
  • The presence of animals

  •  humidity level

  • Care

  • Environmentally friendly

  • Heat and sound insulation

  • repairability
  • issue price

Studio apartment with original parquet board

Spectacular black floor in a luxurious dining room

Spectacular black floor in a luxurious dining room

Laminate flooring in the kitchen is beautiful, practical and convenient

Spectacular black floor in a luxurious dining room

Laminate flooring in the kitchen - it's beautiful, practical and convenient

Laminate - a multi-layered panel, wherein the lower layer is made of a thin plastic or waterproof paper. This layer provides rigidity and stability of the sipe. Middle layer - base structure Fibreboard (MDF) or particleboard (DSP) plate, which in addition to added strength, imparts moisture resistance and elasticity. The next layer is responsible for decorativeness is foil or plastic film coated with texture, which can be sufficiently accurately simulate wood, tiles, leather, stone, carpet, etc. And then applied on top laminate - high strength protective film. the laminate structure shown in Fig. 1.

Fig.1

Fig.1

parquet board - it is also a multi-layer structure formed only from natural wood. The bottom layer - spruce or pine plywood of 1-2 mm thick. Base - a middle layer made from spruce or pine narrow slats that are glued transversely to the lower layer, such an arrangement adds strength parquet.

To manufacture the upper responsible for decorative and attractiveness, the layer thickness of 3-4 mm using fine woods: oak, ash, beech. Since it is located perpendicularly to the middle layer, the whole construction floorboard has a very high strength. The front part of the parquet covered with a protective coating (lacquer). The structure of the floorboard is shown in Figure 2

Fig.2

Fig.1

parquet board - it is also a multi-layer structure formed only from natural wood. The bottom layer - spruce or pine plywood of 1-2 mm thick. Base - a middle layer made from spruce or pine narrow slats that are glued transversely to the lower layer, such an arrangement adds strength parquet.

To manufacture the upper responsible for decorative and attractiveness, the layer thickness of 3-4 mm using fine woods: oak, ash, beech. Since it is located perpendicularly to the middle layer, the whole construction floorboard has a very high strength. The front part of the parquet covered with a protective coating (lacquer). The structure of the floorboard is shown in Figure 2

Fig.2

Vs laminate flooring: how to choose the best option

A clear answer to the question: "What is better to choose - parquet or laminate?" Can not be the final decision in each case depends on the specific conditions of the premises and conditions of use.

Style

Floor covering should fully meet the general stylistic decision room. When it comes to a classic style (Empire, Baroque, Victorian), the laminate in it will look a foreign body, it's like a Rolls-Royce to hang cheap air freshener "herringbone". But in modern interiors (modern, high tech, minimalism) laminate is very organic. In some styles (British, country) a compromise is possible, if you choose a laminate of very good quality.

Panoramic cozy room in combination with a light laminate

Panoramic cozy room with a light laminate

Laminate flooring in a room decorated in the style of a loft

Panoramic cozy room with a light laminate

Laminate flooring in the room, decorated in the style of a loft

A room in a modern style with a laminate of an old board

A room in a modern style with a laminate of an old board

Contrasting laminate in the kitchen in the style of high-tech

A room in a modern style with a laminate of an old board

Contrasting laminate in the kitchen in the style of high-tech

Bathroom in ethno style as well is combined with the laminate

Bathroom in ethno style as well is combined with the laminate

Loft plus multipoint with parquet floors lighting

Bathroom in ethno style as well is combined with the laminate

Loft plus multipoint with parquet floors lighting

appointment of premises

The laminate is more resistant to abrasion than parquet board, has a higher impact resistance, even on the laminate 31 and 32 Class stiletto heels will not leave marks and it does not scratch the chair legs. Even under continuous load more weight laminate withstands better. That is why the technical laminate characteristics make it preferable for laying in areas with high traffic, offices and public areas. Parquet - more "chamber" coating, it is more suitable for residential premises.

Laminate dark shades in a room with a panoramic view looks pretty cozy

Laminate dark shades in a room with a panoramic view looks pretty cozy

Laminate in the living room looks strictly and with taste

Laminate dark shades in a room with a panoramic view looks pretty cozy

Laminate in the living room looks strictly and with taste

Parquet board as originally appears in large halls

Parquet board as originally appears in large halls

Reviews. Vladislav. Parquet laid in the bedroom - a place where no one will go exactly in street shoes and where you do not get sand / dirt. There's dry, just sometimes wipe the floor. We have a massive bed, so did her legs circles of felt, so as not to scratch the floor and the pressure was less.

Home cinema under the roof with parquet floors, for a pleasant stay

Parquet board as originally appears in large halls

Reviews. Vladislav. Parquet laid in the bedroom - a place where no one will go exactly in street shoes and where you do not get sand / dirt. There's dry, just sometimes wipe the floor. We have a massive bed, so did her legs circles of felt, so as not to scratch the floor and the pressure was less.

Home cinema under the roof with parquet floors, for a pleasant stay

An interesting solution for wood flooring in the common room

An interesting solution for wood flooring in the common room

Miniature kitchen in eclectic style with parquet flooring

An interesting solution for wood flooring in the common room

Miniature kitchen in eclectic style with parquet flooring

Parquet is very sensitive to excessive moisture, so it is absolutely not suitable for food, but a special laminate with improved moisture resistance is fine.

Reviews. Larissa. Originally wanted to put on the kitchen tile for a long time looked narrowly and chose, but refused. First, imitation wood quite relative. Second, the tiles are very cold, walk on it barefoot is not very nice, but to lay a "warm floor" and expensive, and there are no special features. And in general - I have a tile associated with the hospital. We choose laminate class 33, mat, locks further treated with wax. After laying the insulated joints with mastic. Lies a year, wipe every day, once a week cleaning, especially near the stove to remove fat. It looks great.

The harmonious combination of colors of kitchen furniture and laminate

The harmonious combination of colors of kitchen furniture and laminate

Laminate flooring in the kitchen with an Italian accent

The harmonious combination of colors of kitchen furniture and laminate

Laminate flooring in the kitchen with an Italian accent

Kitchen in suburban variant, where there is no likelihood of heels and minimal damage to flooring

Kitchen in suburban variant, where there is no likelihood of heels and minimal damage to flooring

A small cozy kitchen with interesting design solutions complement the parquet flooring

Kitchen in suburban variant, where there is no likelihood of heels and minimal damage to flooring

A small cozy kitchen with interesting design solutions complement the parquet flooring

The presence of animals

Modern apartments are subject to seasonal fluctuations in humidity levels, which manifests itself most clearly in low degree of ventilation. In summer, in such premises sufficiently humid, but with the beginning of intensive operation of the central heating humidity level is drastically reduced.

If we talk about its impact on the natural wood, the moisture accumulates in the summer it is (in this case its linear dimensions increase somewhat), and in winter the opposite - giving, shrinks, decreasing in size. Under the influence of these oscillations connecting seams begin to diverge, the gap formed between the individual parketinami. That is why the room with natural parquet (as well as a large number of wooden furniture) will need to install a humidifier, which will maintain the optimum level of humidity. The laminate is impervious to fluctuations in humidity.

Laminate flooring in classic white kitchen

Laminate flooring in classic white kitchen

The bathroom as regularly changing humidity and air temperature

Laminate flooring in classic white kitchen

The bathroom as regularly changing humidity and air temperature

Laminate in the mini-kitchen

Laminate in the mini-kitchen

Care

Laminate flooring is more resistant to moisture, it will bring peace, even daily wet cleaning, while the flooring should be cleaned with a slightly damp, well-wrung cloth or a vacuum cleaner (a special brush that will not scratch the paint). Furthermore, a laminate sufficiently resistant to mild cleaning means, while the need for special tools parquet (compositions) for the care of the tree. It is therefore preferable laminate for building with a high degree of contamination (e.g., entrance) or public premises. But both coatings will not survive if they just pour a bucket of water.

The presence carpet under furniture oberezhet laminate from possible damage

Laminate in the mini-kitchen

Care

Laminate flooring is more resistant to moisture, it will bring peace, even daily wet cleaning, while the flooring should be cleaned with a slightly damp, well-wrung cloth or a vacuum cleaner (a special brush that will not scratch the paint). Furthermore, a laminate sufficiently resistant to mild cleaning means, while the need for special tools parquet (compositions) for the care of the tree. It is therefore preferable laminate for building with a high degree of contamination (e.g., entrance) or public premises. But both coatings will not survive if they just pour a bucket of water.

The presence carpet under furniture oberezhet laminate from possible damage

Entrance with laminate coating

Entrance with laminate coating

Parquet in the corridor

Entrance with laminate coating

Parquet in the corridor

Ingenious solution hallway

Ingenious solution hallway

Environmentally friendly

The widely held belief that a laminate material prepared artificially, less environmentally friendly than the parquet, which is made of wood. In fact, this is not entirely true, especially when it comes to European manufacturers of laminate, whose quality is confirmed by the relevant certificates. According to current European standards, both coatings are ranked ecology, namely E1.

Laminate for full board with unusual decor

Ingenious solution hallway

Environmentally friendly

The widely held belief that a laminate material prepared artificially, less environmentally friendly than the parquet, which is made of wood. In fact, this is not entirely true, especially when it comes to European manufacturers of laminate, whose quality is confirmed by the relevant certificates. According to current European standards, both coatings are ranked ecology, namely E1.

Laminate for full board with unusual decor

The original solution of separation of rooms, dining areas

The original solution of separation dining area from hall

Much depends on the manufacturer. If we talk about the floorboard, then gluing the different layers can be used two-component adhesive containing toxic elements. They can be contained in a varnish that covers the board. There are safe paints and adhesives, but their price - is very high, and given the general state of the market (rise in the dollar, the decline in purchasing power), most manufacturers (especially "gray" or from China) in an effort to minimize costs, use cheap, dangerous to health, glue and lacquer.

The original solution of separation dining area from hall

Much depends on the manufacturer. If we talk about the floorboard, then gluing the different layers can be used two-component adhesive containing toxic elements. They can be contained in a varnish that covers the board. There are safe paints and adhesives, but their price - is very high, and given the general state of the market (rise in the dollar, the decline in purchasing power), most manufacturers (especially "gray">

Heat and sound insulation

Advantage uniquely on the side of the floorboard. Laminate is considered to be more booming, but it can be just enough to compensate - to level the floor and lay the substrate, it will significantly reduce gulkost.

Laminate with tile insert in the home library

Laminate with tile insert in the home library

Quiet workplace

Laminate with tile insert in the home library

Quiet workplace

repairability

And the floorboard, and the laminate can be disassembled and to shift to a new place. Undoubted advantage floorboard - scraping, during which removed a small layer wood and parquet flooring looks almost like new. Depending on the thickness of the upper layer, this operation can be repeated 6-7 times. But if something happens with laminate flooring, you have to completely change the entire board, after dismantling the cover.

Type of cuisine after parquet restoration

Type of cuisine after parquet restoration

Parquet lacquer updated

Type of cuisine after parquet restoration

Parquet lacquer updated

View laminate worth it to replace it in case of tainted appearance

View laminate worth it to replace it in case of tainted appearance

Reviews. Igor. Scratching (or in other words) the floorboard - not such a simple matter, as is sometimes said. In fact, it can be done if the board tightly fastened / glued to the base. If the floating floor, during the grinding board in place interlocks will sag, and as a result the top layer will be removed unevenly. So this floor is necessary to manually scrape - it is long, and if someone is hiring - is very expensive. In addition to the restoration after the coating was uniform and homogeneous, the room will have to move all the furniture, and then re-open the entire grinding parquet lacquer. And one more subtlety - if you do not control the humidity, the peeling slats can occur in 5-7 years, so that the grinding becomes impossible, it is necessary, as is the case with laminate, change the board completely.

issue price

One of the advantages of the laminate on which often pay attention to the sellers - this is it more reasonable price. Actually this is not true. The price of a laminate depends on many factors - the manufacturer, class durability and water resistance, etc. In fact, high-quality laminate flooring at cost price could surpass the floorboard of average quality.

Wooden boards on the market is positioned as a premium material, so its price is high, especially if it is made with the use of valuable tree species. In this case, the lowest price should alert and to cause certain suspicions - most likely, it is a fake.

Quality expensive laminate decorate any room

View laminate worth it to replace it in case of tainted appearance

Reviews. Igor. Scratching (or in other words) the floorboard - not such a simple matter, as is sometimes said. In fact, it can be done if the board tightly fastened / glued to the base. If the floating floor, during the grinding board in place interlocks will sag, and as a result the top layer will be removed unevenly. So this floor is necessary to manually scrape - it is long, and if someone is hiring - is very expensive. In addition to the restoration after the coating was uniform and homogeneous, the room will have to move all the furniture, and then re-open the entire grinding parquet lacquer. And one more subtlety - if you do not control the humidity, the peeling slats can occur in 5-7 years, so that the grinding becomes impossible, it is necessary, as is the case with laminate, change the board completely.

issue price

One of the advantages of the laminate on which often pay attention to the sellers - this is it more reasonable price. Actually this is not true. The price of a laminate depends on many factors - the manufacturer, class durability and water resistance, etc. In fact, high-quality laminate flooring at cost price could surpass the floorboard of average quality.

Wooden boards on the market is positioned as a premium material, so its price is high, especially if it is made with the use of valuable tree species. In this case, the lowest price should alert and to cause certain suspicions - most likely, it is a fake.

Quality expensive laminate decorate any room

Laminate a one-piece board

Laminate a one-piece board

Parquet in the living room

Laminate a one-piece board

Parquet in the living room

lacquer-coated laminate

lacquer-coated laminate

Tip! By definition, the German parquet or laminate may not have cost less than in Germany. To check the seller honesty (especially if it is very much insists on the German origin of the product), just to visit the online store in the German domain zone (end «.de»). And already there see what and how much it costs.


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