The basis of a Lamett laminate is an HDF-board (High Density Fibre Board). A pattern layer is put on top of that board followed by a transparent melamine coating for durability. The pattern layer is a photograph of wood which is printed onto paper. A balance layer is put on the base which ensures that the laminate panels cannot become distorted and are protected against rising damp. All the laminate layers are pressed together in a high-pressure press and the woodgrain is pressed into the top layer. In the majority of our laminate collections this structure corresponds with the wood design.
The noise nuisance with laminate is often highly exaggerated, especially if the installation is done correctly. To reduce noise nuisance to a minimum, laminate is best installed floating. Include noise insulation with this and ensure that the skirting boards do not rest on the parquet. Suspend them about 3 mm above the floor and fill the gap with an elastic joiner spray.
Using laminate/parquet is not recommended in a damp environment (bathroom, kitchen, sauna, etc.). At all times avoid leaving liquids on the floor. Dry maintenance of your laminate floor with a microfiber cloth is also recommended. All dirt and dust may be removed with a soft brush or vacuum cleaner with a soft parquet brush. If necessary, remove any remaining difficult dirt with a specially designed laminate cleaner.
Lamett laminate floors may be installed on top of existing floors (e.g. parquet, tiles, vinyl, …) without any problem but a subfloor or a damp screen must be installed first. Even out the existing surface before laying the subflooring. Soft flooring must be removed beforehand.
Laminate or parquet boards may be laid either vertically or horizontally depending on your personal preference. The most attractive effect is achieved if you lay the floor parallel to the main source of light or the stairs or fireplace.
When installing a laminate floor it is important to lay a subfloor. This ensures that any irregularities in the substructure are removed, that there is good sound insulation and that there is optimal protection against damp and vapour.
Yes but ensure that the direction the boards are laid is opposite to the OSB. Ideally the OSB should also be coarsely sanded down to remove any paraffin layer. Adhesion has the advantage that the entire laminate surface may be laid at once and that no profiles are needed at doors and stairs. Definitely ensure sufficient sound insulation between OSB and the substructure to prevent downwards noise transfer.
All Lamett floorboard floors (excluding Imperial and Royal) may be used in combination with under floor heating with no problem on condition that it is a non-electric driven under floor heating with a maximum temperature of 26°C on the surface. A constant relative humidity of 45-60% must be maintained. Follow the special instructions for under floor heating. Click here for detailed instructions.
A newly poured concrete floor must be allowed to dry sufficiently. The drying period depends on the thickness of the concrete. Before installing parquet or laminate you must first check the percentage of moisture in the concrete (concrete moisture meter). It must be lower than 2%.
House dust mite and other allergens cannot survive on a thoroughly cleaned laminate floor. This is very important for people with dust allergies or asthma.
All stains and smudges must be removed immediately before they are given a chance to dry. Various handy methods for removing stains are given below: