Mirage Floating Floor: Mirage Lock
Mirage Lock (a product of Boa-Franc Inc.) is the newest product
in their line-up of hardwood flooring. It is a real hardwood engineered
floor, NOT a laminate, designed for a simple floated installation. The top face you see, is solid sawn wood, red oak or hard maple.
So the first question I know you're going
to ask is ...What makes something an engineered floor rather than a laminate
and how does the "floating floor" fit in?
Well first let me suggest that a "floating floor" is
only in reference to how a floor is installed, NOT how it is made.
A floor that is allowed to float offers installation options not
typically available for traditional nail down hardwood. Thus Mirage
engineered this floor to allow it to float for two good reasons:
- Ease of installation: for those clients that were interesting
in installing a wood floor on their own, this product needs very
few tools and only a little knowledge from your local Wizard of
Wood to finish with a beautiful looking floor.
- A real wood floor: This give you a real wood floor that can
be installed in below grade applications (like in the basement), where a solid wood floor
is not recommended.
- It can even be installed in most cases over
a radiant heating system.
- Pricing: $5.50 - $6.75/sq.foot
Thus you can have all the awesome decorating features of a solid
wood floor, but easily install it in environments that were not
So then lets go back to our original question. What is the difference
between this engineered Mirage Floating Floor vs. all the laminate
flooring that you see on the market?
A laminate floor has a decorative surface that is not real wood.
It is more like taking a picture of a piece of wood and gluing the
picture to some sort of backer board. Then layers of liquid plastic
coating are added to the surface to protect the picture. As such
you can get a set patterns repeated on every board, especially ones
that are the same length. If the picture gets damaged there is not
way to repair it!
An engineered product like the Mirage "Lock" Floating Floor
is made with a real wood decorative layer. That is the key different
between an engineered wood vs a laminate floor.
So what are the 4 great advantages of Mirage Lock™?
- Real Wood Face: The top decorative face is a 2mil layer of
dry sawn wood to create a natural variation of colour and grain
patterns typical of red oak or maple.
- The 2 mil thickness is much thicker than most, giving you longer
life and more resistance to daily abuse. In fact it is thick enough
so that the finish can be screened and refinished, or touched
up for minor rub marks.
- The wood is dry sawn rather than peeled, as is the case for
a traditional veneer, to eliminate the problems of veneer checking
in dry climates.
- It is available in many of the same colours that you find in
the classic Mirage solid wood floor, so it is easy to continue
from main floor to the basement with the same decorating theme.
layer of wood has been laminated to a High-density fiberboard (HDF)
core to deliver maximum stability in above, on and below grade applications.
It is backed with a real wood veneer to stabilize the "sandwich".
Why HDF? (HIGH-DENSITY Fiber Board)
- HDF is a postindustrial recycled material, thus more environmentally
responsible then say plywood.
- This is a high density rather than MDF (medium density) fiber
board that some use, thus greater strength for impact resistance
AND integrity of the locking joint mechanism! It stays connected!
- HDF is more resistant to humidity fluctuation (as compared to
MDF). probably the leading reason for gaps appearing on floated
floors, thus the floor stays flatter and the joints stay tighter.
- Cuts cleaner and more accurate edges then the plywood that some
manufacturers use, so the fit is absolutely bang on every time!
Installs like a charm and no wood slivers that interfere with
- Allows the solid wood upper layer more flexibility to expand
and contract naturally with climatic changes, without delaminating
or cracking. This is particularly important in areas like Sudbury,
where humidity fluctuates from 30-60% seasonally.
Why did Mirage chose the "Valinge"
- Provides a more robust design that is less prone to damage,
and in fact can be taken up and reinstalling in a different location.
- Offers a more secure connection.
- most important is that the way the lock engages you do NOT
use a hammer to tap them in, so the floor does not shift around
on you during installation.. always a real pain! (you know what
I'm talking about if you have ever installed a traditional floating
floor system, everything goes out of square and you're shimming
the walls etc.)... this is way easier!
- and maybe even MORE importantly, it locks the end boards together
for superior performance. It prevent "joint slippage"
and the resulting gaps common in the traditional tongue and groove
systems. A common problem particularly in high traffic zones.
Each board is 7/16" thick, 4 5/16" in width
and approx. 14-32" long in 5 fixed lengths, so that it looks
and lays exactly like a traditional solid wood floor. It gives you
the classy appearance of a wide plank floor without the warpage
concerns of installing such a wide plank flooring in Northern Ontario's
dry winter weather.
The Mirage Lock Floating Floor is finished with
their ultra-hard wearing Nanolinx antimicrobial semi-gloss finish,
with UV protection added on the natural oak and maple floors. It
comes in many of the same colours that are found in its classic
solid wood line of flooring making it great if you would like to
carry the same product from upstairs down into the basement.
I hope we will see you in our showroom to check out
Mirage's newest product, Mirage Lock. It really is pretty cool!
If you visited us at the most recent home show, this is the product
we laid in our both at the show.. and it survived the abuse of 15,000
visitors... and 4" of hockey ice
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