It’s important to know that laminate comes in various thickness. Plank thickness is measured in millimeters (mm) from the bottom surface that rests on the subfloor to the top of the plank. There are four standard laminate flooring plank thicknesses on the market – 8mm, 10mm, 12mm and 14mm. This can be a bit deceiving because if a plank has an attached pad, which simply means the underlayment is adhered to each individual plank, you may see a plank thickness of 14mm.
That means the plank is 12mm and the underlayment is 2mm, equaling 14mm. The thickness of the plank does not necessarily indicate its durability. We see durability provided by the aluminum oxide wear layer that’s on top. This wear layer makes the laminate floor able to stand up to foot traffic and abrasions, thus improving its durability. What is related to plank thickness is impact resistance.
This is the ability of a laminate floor to withstand the impact of a falling object. In general, the thicker the plank, the more resistant the floor is to fracture from a dropped object. Many laminates exceed a light commercial rating which indicates they would perform well in a home.
Like most purchase decisions, there’s no correct answer for how to select the best plank thickness. Thicker is usually better, but there’s no reason to buy more floor than you need. A Flowers Flooring estimator will make recommendations based on your flooring needs during the time of your scheduled estimate.
Advantages to Thicker Plank Laminate
- A thicker plank provides superior acoustics in a room. Because the plank is thicker, sound doesn’t travel as well.
- A thicker plank provides better impact resistance.
- A thicker plank feels more like hardwood.