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Get Into the Thick of It with 12 mm Laminate Flooring

Learn about the advantages of a thicker laminate board.

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 – 8 mm and 12 mm. The same manufacturing excellence that goes into a thicker board also applies to thinner boards. 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 12 mm laminate flooring board can better withstand the impact of a dropped object. Products from the Forest Select product line also contain a “HydraCore Plus” high water resistant core which adds to its durability. 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 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.