Enjoy the beauty of real wood without the maintenance and at a fraction of the price.
Laminate is an exceptionally hard-wearing synthetic flooring product that is constructed from wood particles that are fused together with resin to create a high density fibre (HDF) board with a photo layer replicating wood. This doesn’t mean you you can’t achieve a natural wood effect on your floors with laminate. Laminate flooring has never looked more natural because of improved designs, innovative manufacturing processes, photographic and print technology making it possible to replicate grooves and ripples like the real deal. Laminate can be more flexible in providing different looks, and creating uniformity e.g. having the authentic timber look without the natural wild colour variation some species have.
Laminated floors have a layered construction, most commonly 4 layers each with an individual purpose.
Durable and Fade Resistant
One major benefit of laminate flooring is that it is very hard wearing. While wood can cup and bow, wear and tear, laminate flooring is much more durable. Made of pressed wood, it is better at fighting scratches and dents and it doesn’t warp. Laminate is also among the most fade-resistant flooring options.
Laminate floors are very easy to look after, requiring very little maintenance beyond regular vacuuming or sweeping and damp mopping (you should never use a steam mop on Laminate floors). Also, no sanding, oiling, lacquering or resurfacing of the floor is required. This makes laminate a hassle free option for busy households and those seeking a low maintenance home.
With trends moving more towards hardflooring, Laminate is a fantastic alternative to wood. Laminate comes in a wide range of patterns and décor options, giving you a unique and stylish home. Laminate is no longer just about mimicking wood – more and more of our clients are choosing laminate because of its ability to create a bespoke look in their home.
Laminate floors are floating floors. They are laid loose over a moisture resistant underlay that assists with protecting the planks from moisture that comes up through the subfloor. A good underlay can also help with footfall noise reduction, insulation and make it slightly softer underfoot than tiles or polished concrete.
Because Laminate is a floating floor there is no specific subfloor it must be laid on. As long as the sub-floor is flat, dry, clean and stable laminate can be laid over existing floors.
Laminate in the home
Laminates with water resistant surfaces are ideal for kitchens as they easy to maintain and clean. If the laminate you are looking at is not water resistant and you occasionally spill water or other liquid on the floor, as long as you clean up the messes as they occur, they won’t damage your floors. If moisture sits on your laminate floor for an extended time, the dampness could warp and stain the flooring.
Laminate is perfect for lounges and other living areas especially if they open up to outdoor areas. Define an area or add a layer of warmth underfoot with area rugs.
As hard flooring grows increasingly popular across the globe and people look for a seemless flooring throughout their homes laminate is getting more popular in bedrooms. A great choice for bedrooms as it is easy to maintain and allergy friendly.
Hall and Entrance
With its hard wearing properties laminate is perfect for withstanding the high traffic of hallways and entrance ways.
Bathroom and Laundry
Unless the laminate you are looking at has a waterproof surface do not use it in these spaces.
Can I lay laminate over underfloor heating?
Most laminates are suitable for use with underfloor heating, but it is advisable to check with the flooring manufacturer before installing the system.
Is laminate waterproof?
No, laminate is not a waterproof product but, you can get water resistant laminates that can be installed in bathrooms and laundries. These new generation laminates use joint sealing technology but shouldn’t be used if excessive moisture is expected.
What if a board gets damaged?
It’s often a good idea to order a small amount of extra planking above and beyond what is needed for your installation. This can be retained and used for plank replacements in the event of repair in the future.