## Laminate: All You Would Like to Know

In India, Laminate is commonly known as Sunmica. where in fact, Sunmica is a very old company in India that used to makes laminates. This brand became so popular that the people started knowing the product by this brand name itself like Spartek, Fevicol, etc. It is also known as decorative laminates.

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The laminate is most commonly used as an overlay over wooden furniture. If you are going into carpentry’s shop, you can often find carpenters fixing laminate sheets on to a plywood base, using adhesive like Fevicol.

Standard laminates are used in normal applications like furniture, cabinetry, table tops, etc. Decorative laminates are used as walling and flooring. Fire resistant laminates are used in kitchens and cinema halls.

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Laminate is available in different sizes, shapes, colours, textures and patterns.

Laminates have different properties and advantages like water resistance, resistance to scratches, strength, abrasion resistance, etc. and it is easy to install. It is available in different sizes like 2438 mm × 1219 mm (8′×4′), 914 mm × 2134 mm (3′×7′), etc. Generally, the thickness of the laminate sheets is between 0.6 mm to 1.5 mm.

It is an artificial material. It is made up layers and adhesive in which the grains of the adjacent layers are at right angles to each other. It is also used as a decorative surface over a wooden underlying layer.

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The installation of a laminate is easy though it requires a specially skilled person. It can be installed over any existing surface. It is easy to maintain as the surface is easy to resist physical damage.

The price of the laminate is always calculated per sheet. The price of the laminate depends on the properties as well as the thickness of laminate sheets. The price of the laminate sheets approximately ranges from Rs. 400-600/sheet.

Laminate is produced by local manufacturers as well as by various big companies. Some standard manufacturers of

Some standard manufacturers of laminates in India are: