Deco trend : laminate on walls

Real wood has always been considered to add value, timeless beauty and elegance in any decors. On the other hand, laminate flooring has gain popularity mainly because of the better quality, natural look, finish, decor option, the ease of installation and low price, but now people envision this type of floor for wall application and we can certainly understand why. Create your own trend for any area of your home or office.

New trend for wall laminate floor

According to Stéphanie Guéritard journalist at (je decore magazine) and founder of the blog DECONOME. The installation of laminate floor on walls is a new trend that has started in commercial settings to later expand into our homes. Per example, the publicity agency Upperkut, the Montreal designer Jean De lessard  has transformed the cold plain wall of a church basement into a modern lively office where design and traditional meets in a warm and cozy setting using only laminate floor on the walls in his creation. No surprise he has won many prestigious prizes in Canada and the U.S for this concept.

Upperkut/Publicity agency - Laminate flooring on walls and ceiling

Main entrance – Upperkut – publicity agency

Upperkut/Publicity agency - Laminate flooring for an accent wall

Project managers office – Upperkut – publicity agency

An other example Appartments Hotel Trylon in Downtown Montreal.

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Lobby of Apartments Hotel Trylon in Montréal

Quality wall covering

In decoration, people are looking for distinctive wall covering that will enhance their home decor from room to living room, office, etc. They love the wood look because of it’s elegance, charm and warmth. Then laminate floors offer a very interesting alternative to wood because it will give the same effect with a very natural look, at a very affordable price. The next picture was produce by the program (idée de grandeurs) from the television network Canal Vie featuring the perfect example of laminated floor as a wall covering.

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Laminate floor wall unit in home cinema room.

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Beauty, diversity and technology


The technical evolution method of laminated is no longer aimed only at floor covering but also wall application, the quality, design choices and the ease of installation has now open more possibilities for wall decor for many years to come, says Marc Lepage and Edith Durand, owners of Plancher FLOR, one of the most impressive specialized laminate importer and retailer in Canada.

The laminate wall covering has the same aspect and texture as the real wood. His real life textures and imageries are astonishing. Combined with the V groove along the sides, see it for yourself, you will be amazed.

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Castille – A1269TSH: laminate that recreates perfectcly the real wood by its texture and numerous variation of colors.

In fact, at Plancher FLOR you will find more than 150 styles of laminate floors among 25 collections and all of them are suitable for wall application at a budget that will certainly increase your interest. All our floors have a 25 years warranty against wear, fade and stain. Here we dispose you with quality without compromises and an easy installation process available in a huge variety of colors and finishes at a much lower price than real wood floor .
It is now not surprising why people are considering this type of floor for wall application.

Press reviews

January 2010 – Télé-Québec – Légitime dépense
Title : Laminate Flooring: Buying Guide | telequebec.tv, view document
Légitime dépense provides information on everything you need to ask yourself and know before buying floating floor for your home.

Juin 2006 – Publish in Protégez-Vous
Title : Laminate Flooring: Buying Guide d’achat | Protégez-Vous.ca, download document
Imitating traditional hardwood, laminate flooring is attracting more and more followers of the “looks like products”. See our questions and answers about this type of flooring.

Mai 2002 – Publié dans Protégez-Vous
Title : Test: laminate floors, téléchargez le document
New trend in flooring , floating floors are economical and easy to install. What about their sustainability? We put them to the test.

Infos acoustic tests

Question & Answer : Acoustic Tests

IIC & STC tests

Tested in a controlled lab environment

test-iic-stc-acoustiques-anechoiqueThe insulation of sounds and impact noises between the rooms of the house and between units of a condominium or apartment building is a very important factor for the floor covering industry.

When assessing noise reduction features, audio consultants, architects and other specialists rely on acoustic tests to determine the performance of flooring products, particularly subfloor membranes.

In North America, the data generated by the methods used to evaluate sound travelling and their comparisons can be misleading. We will attempt to demystify for you, these acoustic tests and their results.

THE 2 MOST COMMON TESTS: IIC AND STC
These tests, use to evaluate the distribution of sound, are made in a controlled environment (laboratory).

IIC tests


The IIC tests the ability to block impact sound by measuring the resistance to transmission structure-borne noises with simulation of foot steps or objects dropped on the floor from a certain height.


STC tests


STC tests refers to the ability to reduce airborne sounds. It evaluates the diffusion of sounds in the air such as voices, stereo systems and TV set.


Technique behind IIC and STC tests

Both tests use a standardized instrument that measures the performance being guided by a system that analyzes the sound transmission in a lower chamber and an upper chamber. The measurements obtained (decibels) are combined to a mathematical algorithm to determine the test result. The higher the number, the higher the resistance.

FIIC & FSTC tests

Performed in existing building

The FIIC test measures the diffusion of impact noises in real environment and the FSTC test measure dissemination of airborne noises in real environment. Both tests being performed in an existing building rather than in laboratory .

The National Building Code requires a score of 50 or more for the FIIC and recommends (not require) a result of 55 or more for the FSTC.

Figure 1. In actual building (FIIC). FIIC factor depends mostly on the materials used for the construction of the building.

Figure 2. In a lab (IIC). Tests in laboratory give more precise due to assembly quality and controlled environment.

Because of all the different building materials available today, it is not surprising that the results of these tests are highly variable depending on the different floor/ceiling assemblies.

IN SUMMARY …

IIC; impact sounds, measured in lab.
STC; airborne noises, measured in lab.
FIIC; impact sounds, measured in an existing building.
FSTC; airborne noises, measured in an existing building.

Conclusion

The acoustic performance will vary depending on the type of building, structure assembly, type of subfloor, ceiling type, type of insulation, type of piping (plumbing), type of flooring, type of underlayment membrane, etc.

In short, it is only if all the materials used are the same in each test (both in laboratory and existing building) that the results will be precisely comparable and will indicate, among others, the actual acoustic performance of an underlayment membrane compare to another.The actual acoustic performance of a subfloor membrane is difficult to quantify precisely , but the tests in question still provide a good indication of their performances.

Infos laminate

Question & Answer : Laminate flooring

plancher-stratifiéIn 2006 the Protégez-Vous magazine has published an excellent guide on what to look for when buying a laminate floor. Even if the numbers are slightly different today, the basic information given is very interesting and useful when it comes to acquire a laminate floor that is similar to real wood.

Marc Lepage, importer, distributor and retailer of laminated floors and André Gagnon technical director at l’Association Provincial des Constructeurs d’Habitation du Québec (APCHQ) are the resources persons consulted by the journalist Frédéric Perron.

This article was produced in accordance with Protégez-vous magazine management.
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Just like real wood ? What we should know before buying a laminate floating floor.

One quick overview in all the weekly flyers in renovation stores around will show you how popular these type of floor covering have become in 2004. They were representing a 1 billion dollars industry in North America and today it has quadruple according to the North American laminate flooring association. Affordable, easy and quick to install, they imitate wood more than ever and it is a quick and economical solution along with the countless colors and finishes offered today.

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Source : Protégez-vous

Stratified or Laminate ?

Manufacturers and retailers refer to it as laminated floor and some other use the term stratified in reality it is the same but laminate floor is the most commonly used word to describe this type of floor covering. The name describes it’s fabrication method because it is composed of multi layers stack on top of each other and then press together, while the term floating floor addresses mainly the type of installation without nail or glue, simply free to move but of course the individual planks are jointed together by an ingenious patented tongue and groove system.

What should I expect to pay for laminate floor ?

The prices will vary from 79¢ to 4.99$/SF depending on the models, the most expensive product will offer more realistic wood visual combined with real life like finishes. In most cases, they will have V grooves and all sides to mimic the real appearance of prefinished hard wood. It must be considered taking a product at 99 ¢/SF, often it could be liquidations, or products with very limited quantities or simply product that do not meet the basic standards.

Resistance ?

Laminate floor will always outperform real wood floor. As each test conducted in our edition of may 2002, a piece of wood floor has performed poorly where the surface had only received 500 sanding turns, compare to a laminate piece which has lasted between 1500 and 7500 sanding turns before seeing a visible surface deterioration. Although a wood floor can be re-finished, while laminated floor do not offer this option, in some case we can repair the affected area with a repair kit or change the plank for a new one.

Warranties ?

Most of manufacturers offer extensive warranty and they will vary from 15 to 30 years  for residential use. It will generally cover 4 aspects wear, fade, stain  and of course manufacturing visual defects. Needless to say that we must be aware of them because some of them will have a decreasing value based on the number of years of the original purchase while others are more limited .

According to technical director André Gagné (APCHQ), he believes that we should not only consider the warranty because if the retailer or the manufacturer goes out of business, the warranty is worthless. In all cases, those types of floor are made to last and they usually perform in most environments.

plancher-flottantCan it be installed anywhere ?

The tongue and groove system makes sure the planks go together smoothly without nails or glue.
Laminated floor can be installed over any flat dry surface (concrete, plywood, vinyl…)  providing suitable underlayment. The main function is to absorb sound, provide proper support for the joints, help the unevenness of the sub floor (a carpet is not a suitable underlayment) . The cheapest version of underlayment will flattened within a few years, therefore creating a negative result .
We must remember that a special attention must be given when choosing the underlayment. Choosing the wrong type or trying to save money might lead you to a non adequate support, excessive hollow sound and even excessive movement from the click system that could lead to potential plank separations. We believe that the same care must be taken for choosing the underlayment or your laminated floor. In today’s market, you should expect to pay a least 59¢/SF for a quality underlayment.

Sensitive to water ?

Like hardwood floor, the laminated flooring is affected by water.
It is not recommended to install this type of floor in a bathroom or at the main entrance. Care should also be taken when cleaning your floor, always minimize the water on your mop and if you drop a large amount of water it must be wiped right away, otherwise it will create permanent damage. Laminate floors are quite tolerant to humidity compare to wood floors, becoming the perfect choice for installation in a basement and area were we cannot control the humidity. Providing the installation of a vapor barrier (polyethylene) is recommended although some underlayment will have this feature already attached. In some cases a de-humidifier can be useful for a basement.

Wich membrane to use?

Easy to install ?
Most people buying laminate floors today will make the installation by themselves, complete and easy to read installations are provided. Following the instructions will make the installation without issues and will ensure the application of the warranty.
We must remember that your new floor must be kept in the room temperature 48 hours before making the installation. The next step is the installation of the underlayment with the integrated vapor barrier, then the floor can be installed following the longest wall. The assembly system will vary slightly from the different models but their installation are still quite easy. Some tools are required like a miter saw, table saw and some manual tools. If you want, you can refer yourself to a professional installer (average installation cost will be from 1.50 to 2.50 $/SF) to elevate the value of your laminated floor.

Maintenance ?

Laminate floor can be cleaned with a soft broom, vacuum cleaner or a damp mop (avoid excessive water) . Most retailer will have adequate cleaning products specially suitable for proper maintenance. Soap or greasy based products should be avoided, they will leave a residue on the surface. In most cases, warm water with a mist of vinegar will be the magical mixt.

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New trends on the floor covering market the laminate floors are economical and easy to install.
How about their durability ? We’ve put them to the test.

Imitating traditional woodfloors the laminate floor is more and more popular because of the realism of the many wood decor and finishes see our section on questions and answers on this type of ever poplar floor covering.

Légitime Dépense will inform you as what you need to know when buying and installing a laminate floor in your home. Follow this link l’émission Légitime dépense à Télé-Québec. (french)

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logo-legitime-depense-telequebec-plancher-flottant-florpsd“Popularity of laminated flooring is not to deny. Not a surprise ! Laminate floor is easy to install, comes in a wide variety of colors and styles and is less expensive than harwood. But be aware ! This appealing avenue could give you different results then expected – even have real negative conséquences – gotta do your homework well during the shopping process. Légitime dépense will provide you all important infos to know before buying laminate for your house.”

Plancher FLOR offers the largest selection of laminated floors in Canada .
See all the beautiful options we have to offer you on our website or visit our store for all your floor needs in any room of the house. For more information call us at 450-686-0888.

Coordinates…

Plancher flottant Flor / Warehouse-Store
1645, Autoroute 440 ouest
Phone : 450 686-0888
Email : info@flor.ca

Follow Autoroute 440 service lane north from Industriel boulevard.