Laminate flooring and engineered floors
aren’t nailed down like conventional floor boards. Laminate flooring and engineered floors are laid over an existing timber floor, concrete, tiles, particle board, plywood, etc. Floor layers install an underlay underneath the floor first in order to provide good noise insulation. For this reason, these floors are ideal for use in multi-storey apartment buildings and homes.
Laminate flooring uses a thin laminate print to create a timber finish effect. For this reason this type of flooring cannot be sanded and re-polished. On the other hand, laminate floors require much lower maintenance in the long run than real timber floating floors.
The surface of the engineered timber floors is created by a thin softwood or hardwood layer. An adhesive bonds this veneer to a high-density ply or fibreboard substrate. Engineered boards are manufactured with the pre-coated surface. The use of the real timber veneer provides an option of refinishing the timber surface after years.
There are several installation scenarios available for engineered floors :
- Floating – over an underlayment.
- Using flooring adhesive to bond the board to a substrate
- Installation over battens, similar to the installation of structural floors.