As you know, laminated flooring is divided into classes. They are determined by a number of performance characteristics. It depends on them how long the laminate will lie, without losing its appearance.
The European classification of laminate (norm EN 13329) implies 18 different tests, after which the material receives a certain marking. All laminated coatings belong to two types: commercial and residential. But since each manufacturer itself tests the material, the results for different brands of the same class may differ.
We list the tests that are conducted:
In addition to these, some other tests are carried out.
This flooring can last from 3 to 6 years in public spaces. Well, in an apartment such laminate will lie a little longer - 2 times, or even 3. If the manufacturer is promised that their laminated coating can withstand a ten-year period, then we can immediately assume that this is about apartment conditions, but not about the office .
The laminate of class 31 is the most material resistant to stress. It can be operated in an office space of the year 2 or 3, not more. Although at home his lifespan increases to 10 or 12 years. In Russian conditions, this class of laminate is used most often. It is laid on the floor of the reception or office of small size. It is also appropriate in the negotiation.
Class 32 laminate is able to lie in a public room for 3 to 5 years, provided that the load is average. In the apartment, such a floor will not lose its properties for 12 years, or even 15. Therefore, it is best to put such laminate in the office and at home.
Laminate class 33 - can withstand the greatest loads. In the office, he doesn’t make up in 5 or 6 years, and in an apartment in 15 or 20 years. By the way, for home conditions, its manufacturers even promise a lifetime warranty. The advantage is that the attractive appearance of this flooring lasts a very long time.
As a rule, these inexpensive floor coverings can last no more than 5 or 6 years in terms of an apartment or house. HDF or MDF (thickness from 6 to 7 millimeters) plates are used as their base. Consider the classification of laminate by class, given that it will be used only at home.
Class 21 laminate can withstand no more than a year or two years. It can be laid only in the pantry or room for sleeping. But Russians prefer not to use such material.
Class 22 laminate can be used from 2 to 4 years. It is also not used in Russia. Abrasion and stress resistance is medium. It can be used as a dressing room, pantry, nursery or bedroom floor.
A class 23 laminate can last from 4 to 6 years. He was popular in our country until 2001. He was laid on the floor not only for children, storage rooms and bedrooms, but also in those rooms where the loads are quite high. For example, in the hallway, kitchen or dining room.
But now all these three types of household laminate are no longer produced in Russia.