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Explore our impressive range of Laminate Flooring from brands including Faus Flooring & Krono. We stock a large selection of Laminate Flooring in different colours and patterns that will bring a sleek and modern look to any room.
What is Laminate Flooring?
Laminate Flooring consists of a multitude of layers that are fused to create a laminate sheet. These layers comprise a backing layer, HDF core and a design layer. These are laminated with a protective plastic covering. This provides water protection and keeps the flooring intact.
The design layer of the laminate flooring is a photographic film made to look and feel like wood or stone. This design layer is formed with sturdy plastic that resists many common types of damage.
Why Use Laminate Flooring?
- Laminate flooring has become similar to natural materials but holds many more advantages.
- It is highly durable and will last a long time, so you don’t need to worry about replacing it
- It will not fade from UV exposure, meaning it will keep its colour and continue to look at brand new
- Installation is straightforward and does not require any special tools
- It is straightforward to clean and very cheap
- Popular materials such as carpet or hardwood may fade over time or become worn in other ways
- Laminate Flooring is beautifully crafted and portrays the look of natural materials
- Still need persuading, check out our Laminate Flooring vs Vinyl Flooring
Choosing your Laminate Flooring
When deciding what laminate flooring to buy there are some important considerations to take into account.
Your lifestyle is a huge factor towards your decision.
- Laminate Flooring is extremely durable and can withstand a high amount of foot traffic. However, the quality and thickness of the Laminate Flooring needs to be appropriate to the use
- Buy households with many kids and pets will have a higher level of wear and tear on flooring compared to a household of two adults
- Busy households may want to invest in thicker, higher quality laminate flooring that can withstand this wear
Deciding the style and finish of your Laminate Flooring can be difficult. Some factors to consider when doing so are the style of the room, the size of the rooms and the wear and tear the Laminate Flooring will receive
Matching Laminate Flooring to the style and purpose of the room is crucial. For example, a contemporary kitchen would look great with high gloss tile effect laminate. The high gloss tile effect accentuates the modern design while complimenting the purpose of the room. While wood effect Laminate Flooring would look great in a traditional style hallway
The size of the room also needs to be considered. Light colours create the illusion of more space whereas dark shades can make a room look smaller
However, you want your Laminate Flooring to look; we can provide the perfect solution for you.
Choose from different Laminate Flooring designs including;
- Classic vertical
- Horizontal panelling
- Cross traffic tiles
How Much Laminate Flooring do I Need?
Determining how much Laminate Flooring you need is very simple, but it pays to get to the right measurements. When you buy Laminate Flooring, understand it is usually sold in packs that are labelled by their size in meters squared.
- First of all, work out the square footage of the area you’re laying your laminate flooring. Merely use a tape measure then find out the length and width of the space
- The multiply the width by the length to get your square footage
- Add 10% to the square footage of your area to accommodate for waste and cuts
- Remember to measure your distances more than once to make sure they’re correct
How do I Cut my Laminate Flooring?
Sadly, Laminate Flooring never comes in the size of your room, so you will have to cut it to size. This may seem like a huge task, but thankfully it isn’t. If you are cutting straight lines, then you will need a circular saw. If you are cutting Laminate Flooring into a curve around pipes or pillars, you will need a jigsaw.
Follow these steps on how to cut Laminate Flooring.
- Start by making a small mark on the edge of your Laminate Flooring, so you know where to cut. You can use chalk to measure a line across the top of the Laminate Flooring as this can easily be wiped off after
- Leave the Laminate Flooring facing right side up and cut it with a circular saw or jigsaw
How do I Lay Laminate Flooring?
Installing Laminate Flooring is relatively straight forward. Modern Laminate Flooring packs come designed to click together instead of using glue. This way DIYers can install Laminate Flooring as it is quick and hassle-free.
- Before laying your Laminate Flooring, identify which direction you would like the board to lie in.
- Laminate Flooring is usually placed on top of a foam underlay which provides insulation and noise direction.
- As Laminate Flooring is a ‘floating floor’ it can’t touch any walls, door frames or pipes. This is to prevent the Laminate Flooring from moving or becoming damaged
How to Maintain Laminate Flooring
There are many things you can do to keep a Laminate Floor in good condition. Even though Laminate Flooring is low maintenance and easy to keep looking great there a few things you can do to avoid any scratches or stains.
- Avoid using scrubbing pads or similar items as Laminate Flooring can suffer abrasion from harsh materials
- Avoid using anything more than a damp cloth to clean up spills as Laminate Flooring is not waterproof
- Cleaning your Laminate Flooring regularly is the easiest and best way to maintains its shine