Why Choose Laminate Flooring?
Laminate flooring is affordable, long-lasting and Hardwearing. With a natural look, textured grain pattern boards and an easy-clean design, it’s the perfect combination of style and convenience. Here’s everything you need to know before you buy laminate flooring.
In this guide, we’ll discuss:
- What is laminate flooring?
- Is laminate flooring waterproof?
- Can you use laminate flooring with underfloor heating?
- Compare laminate flooring to wood or vinyl
- Laminate flooring for bathrooms and kitchens
What is laminate flooring?
Laminate is a durable and cost-effective type of flooring that has all the characteristics of real wood. It’s made from four layers:
- a base layer of balancing paper
- a layer of European high-density fibreboard.
- decorative paper with a high-definition printed image of natural wood in 100’s of different shades and finishes.
- a top laminated layer which makes the board strong and easy to clean.
Because of the way laminate is made, you can buy laminate flooring in a range of thicknesses and widths. We stock laminate boards that are 8mm,10mm, and 12mm in thickness. They’re available in widths anywhere from 140mm,180mm to 240mm Laminate flooring is very easy to install due to the 5G click system, The boards are designed to slide in place and click together creating an unbreakable joint, No adhesives or glues are required for this making it great for the keen DIYer or professional floor installer.
Is laminate flooring waterproof?
In short No, all laminate flooring provides a very basic level of water resistance but should be treated like any solid or engineered flooring. Laminate boards can resist minor stains and spills, but they’re not designed for humid rooms, such as bathrooms.
To clean your laminate flooring use a hoover to collect and debris. clean with a spray mop with a suitable laminate floor cleaner, Never use a wet mop with water, because it can damage the laminate.
Can you use laminate flooring with underfloor heating?
Laminate flooring works well with water-based underfloor heating. Because of its layered construction, it can stand up to direct heat. However, we don’t recommend using laminate flooring with electric underfloor heating. If you have electric underfloor heating installed, you should consider using engineered wood flooring instead.
How does laminate flooring compare to wood or vinyl?
Laminate flooring has many advantages. Here are just some of the reasons we recommend it:
- Our laminate flooring is rated AC4, which means it’s highly durable and scratch-resistant.
- Laminate flooring is DIY-friendly to install with our 5G Click system.
- Laminate boards can even be lifted and reinstalled due to no required adhesive.
- Combined with an underlay, laminate flooring is great for heat and sound insulation.
- Easy to clean: just hoover and mop with a laminate cleaner.
Laminate flooring is considered hard-wearing, but it isn't indestructible. The individual boards can be fragile before installation and they should be handled with care. After installing, laminates can be marked or chipped if something heavy is dropped like any other floor covering, or something is dragged across them. We advise using felt pads underneath all furniture and keeping a few boards spare just in case. If bad damage should happen, there are wax repair kits available on the market which can do a brilliant job of hiding a scratch or chip in laminate floors.
All our laminate boards come with a 25-year warranty for residential use. That’s because we believe your laminate floor will look and feel great for decades to come.