Diy Bathroom Laminate Flooring

An old Story - DIY Bathroom Laminate Flooring!

DIY bathroom laminate flooring is one of the less usual options for bathroom floors. But DIY bathroom laminate flooring offers an attractive timber or stone lookalike (versus ceramic) finish that is cheaper than most solid wood or other options. So if you want a bathroom with a difference, why not consider a DIY bathroom laminate flooring project?

Laminate flooring goes back a while, to the 1970s when it was invented by a Swedish company named Pergo. They first marketed laminate flooring in Europe in the 1980s, and from there it spread throughout the world, with many other companies manufacturing similar products.

Today laminate flooring is made from both softwoods and from hardwoods or from a melamine resin. Softwoods are, of course, those timbers that are cut from coniferous trees. Hardwoods, on the other hand, are cut from deciduous trees that lose their leaves in winter. The many various types of pine tree are all examples of softwoods, while hardwoods include a wide range of timbers that include beech, maple, oak and meranti, all of which are used to make various types for flooring products. But at the same time, hardwoods are relatively expensive in many parts of the world (if not most), and so they are more usually used for worktops rather than flooring.

So what is the difference between solid wood flooring and wood-type laminate flooring? Laminate flooring is, very simply, not solid wood. This might surprise you since laminate wood flooring looks just like solid wood. The secret lies in the way it is made. What the manufacturer's do is to position a series of battens alongside one another and then glue them so that they appear like solid wood. A batten is a relatively small dimensional length of timber, but it is reasonably long. So once all the battens have been glued together, we have a width and length that is determined by the manufacturer. Basically what happens is that while the battens are glued side-by-side, manufacturers place each batten so that the grain runs in the opposite direction to the next, to minimise warping.

When melamine resins are used, manufacturers can make the flooring look like a wealth of other materials including stone and marble.

Laminate flooring is a lot cheaper than the surfaces it imitates, but generally it wears well and continues looking great. A good quality product will last a long time in the bathroom, because it will be resistant to staining, wear, fading and will not deteriorate if it gets wet. It is also an exceptionally good option for DIYers, because sections simply click into one another without you having to struggle with mortar, adhesive or nails.

So when you are in the market for a new bathroom floor, consider installing DIY bathroom laminate flooring.

 

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