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You’re a new homeowner looking for design ideas for your home, and naturally, you want a space that isn’t just tailored to your aesthetic taste, but also easy to maintain (who wants to do more housework?). One material that has the ability to turn any style idea into reality is laminates. 

Everything you need to know about using laminates in your home!

Mar 4, 2019 7:39:17 AM.


Featured laminate (on sliding door): Ermanno Marcello Walnut WY 5218D
Design and photo: Fuse Concept


You’re a new homeowner looking for design ideas for your home, and naturally, you want a space that isn’t just tailored to your aesthetic taste, but also easy to maintain (who wants to do more housework?). One material that has the ability to turn any style idea into reality is laminates. Laminates can be doppelgangers for wood, stone, marble, metal, concrete, even fabric! Plus they’re durable, require less maintenance and are easier to install compared to the natural materials they resemble. With more than 400 designs to choose from in Lamitak’s Portfolio, it’s easy to get excited and want to use laminates everywhere, but hold on and read this first. This simple FAQ will help you gain a deeper understanding of the material, where it can and cannot be used, and how to care for it.






What are high pressure laminates (HPL) made of?

In a nutshell, they are made from layers of craft paper soaked in resin which are then bonded under high heat and pressure. A topmost sheet of decor paper sealed with an overlay gives the laminate its design.

Can laminates be used for flooring?

It is inadvisable to use laminates for flooring as they have different properties to laminate flooring. The latter has a wood-like layer covered by a hard transparent layer to withstand heavy abrasion. Laminates are not meant for constant and heavy surface-to-surface abrasion. However, laminates can be used in areas with minimum abrasion and minor footfall.

 


Featured laminate (on countertop): Bleached Rosenheim Maple WY 5258D
Photo reproduced with permission, Home & Decor (c) 2016, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd


Are laminates resistant to heat?

Yes, but it is best not to expose them to isolated heat or temperatures above 60 degrees Celsius for prolonged periods of time. A mug of coffee is fine on your laminate top, but not a hot pot directly from the stovetop. Always use a trivet if in doubt.

Can laminates withstand direct sunlight and rain (outdoors)?

No, laminates are meant for indoor use. Strong and intense sunlight will cause the colour of the laminate to fade, and rain might seep in through the edges and cause the substrate and laminate to separate.

How long do laminates last?

They can last more than 10 years with proper care and maintenance.

 


In this picture, Newedge was applied to the two bottom most panel, eradicating the black lines of the laminate edges.

What are edgebands?

Edgebands (made from ABS or Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) are used to conceal the gap lines between two laminate planes providing a perfect and seamless finish, and protecting the substrate from moisture. Lamitak’s in-house brand of edgebands are called Newedge™ and are designed to match Lamitak laminate designs.

Where can I apply laminates?

Laminates should be applied indoors and are mainly used for built-ins and wooden furniture. For example, cabinetry and wardrobes, furniture and table tops, wall panels and false ceilings, doors, shelves, TV console, and so on. Homeowners can also use laminates for feature walls to create the required ambience according to their design theme.

 


Featured laminate (on wall): Copper Patina DXN 4326M
Photo reproduced with permission, Home & Decor (c) 2016, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd

Can I apply laminates in bathrooms or damp areas?

Yes, Lamitak laminates are suitable to use in the ‘dry areas’ of a bathroom such as vanities and shelves, but the panels must be sealed on all sides with Newedge™ edgebands. This is to prevent water from seeping in, causing the laminate and substrate to separate. Laminates cannot be used on walls or in places where there is a heavy flow of water.

Can the laminate be applied over existing ceramic tile?

No, a wood or wood-like substrate is required. Ceramic tiles will have to be hacked off first.

Can I apply laminates on curved or uneven surfaces?

It depends on the type of surface, the degree of curvature as well as the grain orientation. It is generally possible within a circumference of 75cm (diameter of 24 cm).

Can I remove stains on laminates?

Yes, it’s possible to remove most stains. For minor stains, use a small amount of warm water and a clean non-abrasive cloth. Use a mild household cleaner or detergent if necessary and rinse with water. Dry the surface with a clean non-abrasive cloth. Avoid using cleaning agents which contain acid, alkali or sodium hypochlorite, as they may corrode, discolour or ruin the surface of the laminates.






Learn more about Lamitak laminates at the Lamitak Studio at 114 Lavender Street, CT Hub 2 #01-61 Singapore 338729. For more information, contact the studio at 6592-5200 and studio@lamitak.com; or drop by during the opening hours below

Monday to Thursday: 10.30am–6.30pm
Friday: 11.30am–6.30pm
Saturday: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Sunday and Public Holidays: 12.30pm – 4.30pm

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