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FAQ ON LAMINATE WOODEN FLOORING

 

What is Laminate Wooden Flooring?

A laminate floor is a layered floor built around a watertight, glued High Density Fibre (HDF) board. Laminate floors consist of four different layers:

1. A TRANSPARENT, WEAR-RESISTANT OVERLAY

This top layer makes your floor resistant to stains, wear, impact, scratches, burns and household chemicals. It consists of several melamine layers that are pressed onto the HDF core board in a press, under high pressure and temperature. The surface layer is finished with a wood or tile texture/structure that is called 'registered-embossed'. This
means that this surface structure is perfectly in harmony with the design.

2. A DESIGN LAYER

This is the layer that defines the actual look of your floor. The design layer is very high resolution photo of real wood or tiles that is reproduced with highly sophisticated printing techniques and finished with melamine resin. The combination of perfect design and surface structure makes the wood or tile imitation look extremely real and natural.

3. A MOISTURE RESISTANT GLUED HDF CORE BOARD

This HDF-High Density Fibre core board is the heart of Laminate floor. It consists of
refined wood fibres and high quality melamine resin. It is a re-composed wood-fibre
board which allows using all part of the tree. The board is very homogeneous in
composition and technical characteristics. It's extremely durable, stable and highly
moisture resistant.

4. A BALANCING LAYER

This moisture-resistant backing layer guarantees a perfectly balanced board that will not cup or bow when properly installed and maintained.

What are the benefits of laminate flooring?


1. IT'S SOLID

Thanks to its top-quality High Density Fibre core and Scratch Guard top layer, a Laminate floor offers excellent protection against falling objects, high heels, etc.

2. IT'S SCRATCH RESISTANT

The ultra-protective Scratch Guard layer makes a Unilin Laminate floor up to 10 times more resistant to micro scratches than a floor without Scratch Guard.

3. IT'S EASY TO MAINTAIN

Laminate is really easy to keep clean. Thanks to the sealed surface, dirt can’t accumulate.

4. IT'S ECO-FRIENDLY

With Laminate, you are bringing an eco-friendly floor into your home. The wood used to manufacture the HDF core comes from sustainably managed forests

How can we measure the quality and durability of Laminate Wooden Flooring?


The quality and durability of Laminate Wooden Flooring is measured on the basis of AC Rating (Abrasion Class). AC rating belongs AC1, AC2, AC3, AC4, AC5 or AC6. Higher the AC Rating means higher the quality and durability. AC2 is better than AC1; AC3 is better than AC2 and so on.

What are the elements of an ideal installation location?

1. Ensure that the subfloor is flat and level.

2. The subfloor moisture level must be below 4.5% for concrete, and below 14% for wooden subfloors.

3. Crawl space and/or basement should be ventilated and dry.

Can Laminate Flooring be installed in all seasons where the space will not be climate controlled in the winter?

Laminate Flooring can be installed in homes without climate control when proper installation precautions are taken.

What is the recommended expansion space for Laminate floors?

The recommended expansion space for all Laminate floors is 3/8" for all vertical interruptions, be they the walls, mouldings, pillars, HVAC vents, flooring receptacles, masonry, toilet flanges, pipes, etc.

Is it available accessories for its floors?

Yes. All accessories including Skirting, T-Profile, End Profile, Stairnose, Reducer, Beading etc. are available in both ‘MultiWood’ and HDF.

Over what types of existing floors can I install Laminate Flooring?

Laminate floors can be installed over wood, concrete, ceramic tile, tile, and vinyl sheets.

Is Laminate Flooring scratch proof as well?

All Laminate floors feature a Surface Defense wear protection layer, which is scratch resistant but not scratch proof. Here is some information that might help you down the road to prevent or minimizes scratches.

1. Use felt pads on the bottom of all chairs/tables/sofas.

2. Change all plastic or metal casters on rolling furniture to rubber casters.

3. Do not drag heavy furniture across the floor.

4. Trim pet nails frequently.

How do I clean and maintain my Laminate floor?

For general cleaning, use a dust mop or vacuum with the correct hard surface attachment – never a rotating brush, floor scrubbers, steamers, jet mops, buffers or similar products. Be sure to squeeze the water out of the mop thoroughly before mopping, and rinse the mop frequently.

Laminate floors must never be waxed, polished, sanded or refinished, and never use a steam, wet or jet mop when cleaning. Do not use detergents, abrasive cleaners, soaps, waxes or polishes.

To protect from scratches, place walk-off area rugs or mats inside exterior doorways to collect small bits of gravel. We recommend using felt protectors on the legs of furniture and replacing plastic or metal casters with rubber wheels. Replace plastic or metal casters on chairs with rubber wheels and lift rather than slide heavy objects across the floor.

How do I remove difficult challenging spots?

For chocolate, grease, juice and wine stains, use lukewarm water and a non-abrasive cleaner. Nail polish, tar, markers, crayon, lipstick, ink and cigarette burns can be removed using nail polish remover or denatured alcohol. For candle wax and chewing gum, scrape carefully with a blunt plastic scraper.

 

FAQ ON WALLPAPER


What are the advantages of wallpaper over paint?

Applying paint is time consuming process whereas applying wallpaper is very easy and pain free job. With paint you are not sure of final appearance, colour and layout whereas with wallpaper you should be able to see the real appearance, colour and layout of the surface in advance. Room with wallpaper will have controlled temperature since wallpaper absorbs less temperature compared to paint. Paint is not a serviceable product whereas wallpaper is highly washable and serviceable.

Why wallpapers peel-off and joints open out?

Wallpaper installation is a serious professional business. Good quality wallpaper, correct selection and mixing of adhesive, solid wall and trained wallpaper hanger with full technical knowledge of wallpaper result very good durability of wallpaper.

What must be considered before and during hanging?

Before hanging, the subsurface must be thoroughly examined. Always ensure that the wall surface is clean, dry, smooth, firm and absorbent.

What is the advantage of non-woven wallcoverings?

Non-woven wallcoverings are so easy to use and dimensionally stable. It does not expand absorbing water so that no ‘soaking time’ is needed. Nonwoven fibres interlace in an exceptionally stable way and polymer binding agents give the fibres extra adhesive strength. It is stronger and able to support much more weight.

What does "wallpaper soaking time" mean?

The process during wallpaper hanging in which the paste applied to the paper backing of the wallcovering causes the fibres to swell. During this process the width of the wallpaper increases by about 2.5%, and the length increases by about 0.5%. It is important to adhere to the stipulated soaking time listed on the label of the wallcovering to avoid hanging errors such as wrinkling or opening of the seams.

What is a pattern repeat?

A pattern repeat is measured in centimetres and shows the horizontal repeat of the pattern on the roll. Repeats are shown on the label, i.e., ‘Free Match’- Allows hanging the wallcovering without minding the repeat, ‘Straight Match’- Same patterns next to each other at the same height.

What is wall-bonding technology?

A wallpapering method in which the adhesive is applied to the surface of the wall rather than to the back of the wallcovering..

Do old wallpapers need to be removed before wallpapering?

The old wallpaper always be removed before wallpapering. Hanging new paper on to an existing one presents the risk of poor adhesion or seam reaction.

What maintenance is needed for wallpaper?

There is hardly any maintenance required for wallpapers. They are washable and it does not mean that it is waterproof. Most of them are even scratch resistant and fire retardant.

What is the effect of dampness and moisture up on the wallpaper?

Wallpaper need a dry and solid surface and it will not provide unconditional protection against moisture, dampness and leakage up on walls. Attempting wallpaper up on a damp surface will result in the seams lifting and poor adhesion, particularly in the seam areas.

What does the "RAL Quality Seal" mean?

Wallpapers bearing the RAL Quality Seal are of the best, most reliable quality and meet the highest environmental standards. They contain no volatile softening agents, chlorofluorocarbons, chlorinated or aromatic solvents. Wallpapers undergo stringent quality tests by an independent institute to get RAL Quality Seal.

Does wallpaper fade out after sometime?

It doesn’t happen with our wallpapers since we deal only leading brands of Europe having with all the international standards. These are fully guaranteed against fading.

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