One of the reasons for the popularity of laminate - a variety of product range. Leading manufacturers of laminate offer not only the original color scheme of the floor covering, but also collections with a chamfer. This type of production imitates a flooring board from the massif of natural wood, creating unique color in the room.
A plain board made of natural wood is a capricious material. During operation, it loses moisture, dries out, and as a result, cracks are formed. To hide them, it was proposed to make a board with beveled edges, so the gaps become less noticeable, and the flooring looks like new for a long time. Laminate manufacturers took into account the practical experience of using solid wood and appreciated its color. As a result, today everyone can purchase a laminate with a facet and create with it a unique design in their home.
Types of laminate facets
The main task of the chamfer is to give the laminate maximum similarity with natural wood. Tightly laid lamellae form a continuous surface that is artificial. Even if a brushed laminate with a relief surface is used, the lack of joints between the boards will obviously be lacking when creating a colorful interior. All this was the reason for the appearance of collections with a facet, which can be of several types:
- V-shaped - a straight cut of the corner forms a V-shaped notch at the junction of two adjacent panels;
- U-shaped - figured section of the angle forms a U-shaped notch between adjacent lamellae;
- Small - has a depth of not more than 2 mm;
- Deep - with a depth of more than 2 mm;
- Double-sided - the cut is located only along the length of the side of the panel;
- Four-sided - the cut is located on all sides of the panel.
The presence of chamfer in the laminate standard width allows you to perfectly simulate a massive board. Narrow panels become as close as possible to the parquet dies. But aesthetic perfection is not the only role of chamfer, it also has important practical significance.
The practicality of the laminate with a bevel
Using collections with a chamfer allows you to solve an important problem. Ordinary lamellas after a year and a half after laying begin to diverge. The resulting gaps give a slight touch of antiquity, which does not please the property owner. Laying laminate with a facet allows you to avoid such an incident, since the discrepancy between the panels is almost imperceptible.
Another important advantage of this type of flooring is the ability to visually change the floor space.
If you lay laminate with a two-sided chamfer along the length of the side, then the room will look longer. Panels with a quadrilateral facet with such a laying will make the room visually wider.
The disadvantages of laminate with a bevel
There is an opinion that a bright laminate with a chamfer quickly loses its attractiveness, since dirt accumulates in the recesses between the panels. Such an assertion is not true, the floor covering will maintain a beautiful appearance throughout the entire life cycle, even if it is bleached oak. All leading manufacturers impregnate the chamfers with dirt-repellent and water-repellent compounds, thus avoiding the accumulation of dirt. Similar processing in brushed laminate, having a complex structure of the entire surface of the panel.
The disadvantage of the laminate with a facet can be considered lower moisture resistance, since the contact area between the panels is larger and the accumulated water can penetrate inside. To avoid this, do not lay the laminate with a bevel in the kitchen or bathroom. An exception can be made for moisture-resistant laminate of a well-known manufacturer - they cover the chamfer with a laminating film or additionally wax it.
The myth is also the opinion that the joints have a small strength in a floor covering of this type. Even a simple single-strip laminate with a chamfer is 8 mm thick, but most often the cut is made on panels with a thickness of 10-12 mm. The recess rarely exceeds 2 mm, so there is enough space on the lamella to form a strong and reliable lock.
Laying laminate with a bevel
The presence of an additional technological element becomes a pretext for a rhetorical question: how to properly lay laminate with a chamfer? The installation technology is no different from conventional panels. It can be placed diagonally, along or across the long side of the room. Laying options can be any - chamfer only give a natural room with this flooring.
Not only are universal panels that mimic a single plank massive board. They are not recommended to be used for figure styling, quite a classic layout that fits perfectly into the interior of the pastoral style. When laying diagonally do not forget about the increased consumption of material.
Choosing a laminate with a bevel
The popularity of this type of flooring led to the fact that manufacturers began to offer collections for every taste. You can purchase a gray laminate with a chamfer or traditional wenge laminate, vinyl and glossy laminate. A large number of collections with brushed surface, which is harmoniously combined with a facet in the interiors of the castle style.
Before you decide which laminate with a bevel to choose, you need to weigh the pros and cons of the premises in which it will be laid. If for bright rooms the wenge laminate is the ideal option, then in the rooms of the shady side it will be better to look like “bleached oak” laminate, which perfectly reflects the light. Glossy laminated surface is not suitable for the hallway, as constant contact with sand and mud will increase its wear rate. In the bathroom it is better to choose a waterproof laminate, and in the hallway it is better to do without a brushed surface.
Before purchasing, you need to decide how to lay the laminate. Single-band collections are not suitable for complex curly layouts. Ways of laying laminate affect the required amount of flooring, so it is necessary to consult a specialist who will help you buy the optimal amount of wenge laminate or classic oak.
Four-sided brushed laminate is the perfect choice for a living room. In the office, the interior of which is created in the Victorian style, it is better to lay the laminate wenge or merbau. It can also have a brushed surface, which will give color and respectability to the room. If the window in the room is not centered, but noticeably shifted to the side, then stop your choice on a wenge laminate with a four-sided facet. It can be laid regardless of the direction of the incident light rays.
Thus, we can conclude that the laminate with a bevel is a practical and beautiful floor covering, which will occupy a worthy place on the floor of a respectable cottage, a fashionable hotel or restaurant.