Misconception #1: Laminates can be used on the floor
High Pressure Laminates (HPL) or laminates, should not be confused with laminate flooring. Although both are made of a decorative film layered over a core material (substrate), they have very different properties. Laminates are fairly resistant to abrasions and impact, but they are not made to withstand the rigorous wear and tear of foot traffic, unlike laminate flooring. Use laminates on the floor only if it’s a space you don’t access often, to maintain the integrity and look of the surface.
Misconception #2: Laminates look ‘fake’
Lamitak Fiona Marmol Suprema Gloss DXP 1354G
(Photo reproduced with permission, Home & Decor © 2016, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd)
This is one misconception that can be debunked simply by looking at the large range of designs from Lamitak! Improved printing technology, large format designs, and super realistic textures have enhanced the realism of laminates, such as the Fiona Marmol Suprema Gloss laminate (pictured above) from Lamitak, which resembles marble. From wood to stone, concrete, metal, and even fabric, the look and feel of laminates are inching closer than ever to the actual material.
Misconception #3: Laminates are not environmentally friendly
Laminates from Lamitak have been awarded the Green Label Singapore certificate, which means they meet environmental targets for the usage of recycled materials, recyclability, and low toxicity. They are also Greenguard Gold certified, which considers safety factors for children and the elderly, and are suitable to use in schools and healthcare facilities. Laminate in general, is a more sustainable option as compared to using natural materials which need to be extracted from the environment.
Misconception #4: Using laminates results in ugly black lines at the edges
It used to be that when two laminate panels on different planes meet, there would be a telltale black line at the edge. Not any more, with edgebands such as Newedge*. This isn’t another piece of laminate, but a special material made from Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS). Available in a wide variety of colours to match up with the laminates available, Newedge is used to cover the exposed seam so that the substrate appears seamless. It also helps keep water from seeping in and affecting the core material.
If you’re worried about laminate designs matching up on a wall (as you would when you use wallpaper), here’s good news. Some laminate designs now come in larger sheets of four by 10 feet (120cm by 300cm), which means you can now enjoy a seamless floor-to-ceiling finish on your wall with no joint lines!
*Lamitak and Newedge are both proprietary brands of TAK Products & Services Pte Ltd.
Misconception #5: Laminates can only be used on flat surfaces
Created by compressing layers of paper under high heat and pressure to form stiff sheets of about 0.7mm to 1mm-thick, laminates are best applied on flat vertical or horizontal surfaces. But did you know they can be curved as well, up to a certain tolerance? Applying laminates on a curved surface will enhance the realism of its design, especially if you’ve chosen one that looks like stone or concrete!
For more information on laminates, visit the Lamitak Studio at 114 Lavender Street, CT Hub 2 #01-61 Singapore 338729, or contact them at 6592-5200 and [email protected]. Their opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10.30am to 6.30pm, Saturday from 10.30am to 4.30pm, and Sunday and public holidays from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.