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Why choose laminate flooring?

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Laminate flooring: an overview
When laminate flooring was first introduced it was initially very popular due to its hard wearing nature. However in order to increase profits, some manufacturers began to make it from poorer quality materials to make it fit a price point which caused it to fall from favour. So what’s changed?

Well these days laminate flooring has undergone a transformation that could have it described as an almost entirely different product. It looks far more realistic, it’s hard wearing, compatible with under floor heating and, vitally, it’s easy to maintain.

Why should you choose it?
One of the big perks with laminate flooring and the reason that it is so popular is that it is long lasting. Laminate flooring is durable, meaning it doesn’t scratch or dent easily, which is great for areas of your home that receive a lot of wear. Where other types of flooring can expand with moisture, laminate flooring is installed with a moisture barrier which assists with resisting residual moisture. A good laminate floor will also come with a 15 to 20 year warrantee.

Laminate flooring looks like the real deal too. In fact it’s unlikely that anyone will notice the difference when they visit your home. It also has a great reputation for low maintenance and will require very little of your time to keep clean – just give it a quick sweep or the once over with a slightly damp mop.

When deciding which room you want laminate to go in you have quite a few options. Kitchens are the most popular room to have laminate flooring, and lounges, dining rooms, hallways and conservatories don’t prove a problem either. Laminate flooring is compatible with underfloor heating too, so rooms which require more heat like the bedroom or rooms which are naturally colder can be kept warm under foot. When it comes to deciding which room to install laminate flooring, the only thing to remember is to take steps to prevent water damage which can cause problems with the flooring - so it’s not usually recommended to have it installed in a bathroom or wet room.

To find out more about laminate flooring as well as other types of flooring, you can read our article here:

Getting to grips with wooden flooring: a jargon guide

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Natural, warming and organic are all words that spring to mind when thinking of wooden flooring. It’s a popular choice for homeowners due to its unique style, its organic nature and the fact that it fits in with almost any decor. If you’ve settled for wooden flooring then here are some key terms that can help you to understand more about what you’re buying.

Adhesive is the glue used to keep floor boards together. Some adhesives are only applied to the tongue and groove i.e. in the case of floating floors. Others are applied to the subfloor creating a direct stick.

Bevelled edges are when a floor boards edges are sloped downwards to give them a more natural look.

Click-lock system planks - these types of planks click and lock together and are a quick and easy method of fitting a floor.

Damp proof membrane is a barrier that protects against moisture from the ground which could potentially harm subfloor and floor boards.

Engineered wood flooring is flooring that is made of multiple layers of wood bonded together (e.g. Plywood) which is finished with a top layer of a particular species.

Expansion gaps allow for expansion of wooden floors in humid areas as naturally occurs. Wedges and spacers can be used to create expansion gaps.

Hardwood flooring is dense, hard, strong and heavy flooring and is made from deciduous trees. Typically popular at the moment are oak, ash, cherry, beech and walnut.

LATEX is installed under flooring to create a smooth & level surface.

Scotia or Quadrant is the beading used at the perimeter of the flooring to cover the expansion gap.

Subfloor is the foundation for a floor in a building i.e. concrete.

Underlay creates extra thermal resistance and exists between the subfloor and the wooden floor.

To find out more about wood flooring as well as other types of flooring, you can read our article, here.