When it comes to laminate flooring, there are two types of flooring that you can choose from. One kind is known as high-pressure laminate flooring, while the other kind, direct pressure laminate flooring, has been gaining in popularity over the last few years.
High-pressure laminate flooring, or HPL, has earned a reputation for durability, because it's made using more than 1300 PSI. This results in a thicker layer, which is heat resistant, highly resistant to impact, and has better overall sound reduction. You'll often see high-pressure laminate flooring in high-traffic commercial areas.
However, more and more people are flocking toward direct pressure laminate flooring (DPL), which is manufactured using 300-550 PSI. This variation in PSI allows direct pressure flooring to have more flexible melamine impregnated decorative sheets, thus providing more flexibility to manufacturers when creating realistic looking patterns.
Yes, DPLs are, on paper, less durable than HPLs; however, laminate flooring in general is known for its superb durability. With that in mind, more consumers are choosing the flexibility in design, found in direct pressure flooring, over the fewer options found with high-pressure flooring.
Can my direct pressure flooring last? The answer is yes, typical direct pressure laminate flooring will last for many years if it undergoes what's considered normal wear and tear. This means it's ideal for residential locations, or for any space that doesn't see an irregular amount of high traffic. If you own a restaurant, it's probably not ideal to install direct pressure flooring, although in some instances, you can get by with it.
Is appearance and flexibility important to you? If you really want to have a say in the design and look of your flooring, then you have to consider direct pressure flooring as a viable option. The first thing you should consider is the amount of traffic your spaces will endure. If, on average, your floor will experience the normal traffic found in a home, then direct pressure flooring is, without a doubt, a good option for you.