One of the options to consider when choosing laminate flooring for your home is board thickness. You’ll find there are several standard thicknesses, measured in millimeters – 7 mm, 8 mm, 10 mm and 12 mm. The same manufacturing excellence that goes into a thicker board also applies to thinner boards. Quality level also extends to the range of decorative colors and surface patterns like hand-scraped laminate flooring. But are there advantages to a thicker board? Simply put, yes.
Advantages of 12 mm Laminate Flooring
Feels more like solid wood when you walk on it. That’s because the 12 mm board’s thick inner core keeps the laminate stable and flat. The extra density of a thicker board also helps to dampen sound. You won’t hear that hollow echo or sharp clicking noise sometimes associated with thinner laminate floors.
Greater impact resistance and deeper embossing. A 12mm laminate flooring board can better withstand the impact of a dropped object. And when it comes to decorative surface treatments, a thicker board allows for deeper embossing.
Easy installation and handles subfloor imperfections. Laminate floors are typically easy to install and make great DIY projects, but thicker laminate offers a slight advantage here too. In a floating floor installation, it can better span minor subfloor variations without problems later. A good underlayment like Armstrong Quiet Comfort™ underlayment will also help achieve a smooth, level floor.
Choosing the best laminate flooring for a room is more than a matter of looks. When you go floor shopping, keep in mind the differences a thicker board can make in your home, and maybe you’ll find that 12 mm laminate flooring is the right choice for you.