Some cheaper brands of flooring laminates may not be suitable
as floor covering for underfloor heating. However with there is a wide range of modern laminates
that are made to a far better standard, so the search is getting less and less
Since good quality laminate flooring is becoming more popular
all the time, a brief discussion of what it is should be appropriate.
As you might know the term laminate means to bond two or more
layers together. This is done to reinforce a very nice looking layer with another layer or two to
make it stronger or to enable it to withstand the weather or other environmental conditions
Something what needs to be understood is that a laminate,
while having more than one layer, should have the particular layers aligned the right way. The
strength of the laminate is dependent on the layers being perpendicular to each other. This not
only helps in that regard but also in the way that it treats the heating and cooling of the
flooring. This action tends to expand and contract the material, so it needs to do that in a way
that is managed so it will not warp.
This also makes laminates the perfect material for flooring,
since it is more economical than hardwoods. It definitely has an advantage over a more substantial
piece of wood, environmentally.
The many surfaces that are available while still keeping an
eye on your pocketbook will make anyone pleasantly surprised. The most popular finishes are the old
standbys such as Oak, Cherry, Mahogany, Maple and Pine. The darker ones are the choice for a
traditional classic or a rustic look, the lighter hues are often more for the modern