Product Information

Benefits

There are many benefits to choosing a laminate floor over other types of flooring. Laminate floors are extremely versatile and durable. Due to its construction of a printed strip of vinyl over a composite board, many textures and styles of flooring can be replicated.  Manufacturers are forever introducing new technologies and creating more and more realistic designs.  The cost of a laminate floor over that of real wood is extremely low and can still produce beautiful results.  It also has the advantage of being highly stain and scratch resistant and anti-allergenic.

Care

Cleaning laminate floors is easier compared to cleaning other hard surfaces such as hardwood floors. It is generally not recommended to mop laminate as this has been shown to cause damage by soaking into the composite portion which allows warping over time. Most manufacturers suggest using dry methods such as brooms to clean with occasional wet cleaning with more specialized mop-type products that do not leave excessive water on the flooring.

It is a good idea to keep laminate free from dust and dirt which over time scratch the surface in high-traffic areas.  It is also important to keep laminate relatively dry, since sitting water/moisture can cause the planks to swell, warp, etc., though some brands are equipped with water-resistant coatings. Water spills aren’t a problem if they’re wiped up quickly, and not allowed to sit for a prolonged period of time.

Installation

Laminate floors are reasonably easy for a DIY homeowner to install.  Laminate flooring is packaged as a number of tongue and groove planks, which are designed with a click-in locking system.  The standard practice for installing laminate flooring is to float the floor over a foam or fibre board underlay, which provides moisture, insulation and sound-reducing properties. An expansion gap of 10mm is required between the flooring and any immovable object such as walls and door frames, this allows the flooring to expand without causing damage to the boards or anything that gets in its way.  Skirting boards can be removed and then reinstalled after laying of the flooring is complete for a neater finish, or they can be left in place with scotia beading fixed around the edge. Saw cuts on the planks are usually required at edges and around cupboard and door entrances, but professional installers typically use door jamb undercut saws to cut out a space to a height that allows the flooring to go under the door jamb & casing for a cleaner look.

Improper installation can result in peaking, in which adjacent boards form a V shape projecting from the floor, or gaps, in which two adjacent boards are separated from each other.

Laminate Flooring

key features

  • Scratch and Stain-resistant
  • anti-allergenic
  • easy to maintain
  • water-resistant options
  • compatible with underfloor heating

Suitable for…

  • living areas
  • bedrooms
  • conservatories
  • kitchens
  • bathrooms*
  • Hallways
  • commercial use*

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