What’s your reason for loving natural looking floors? Do you love the beauty of wood or the stylishness of stone? Perhaps you love how it looks but not the hefty price.
Laminate flooring is a popular option many of our clients consider in similar situations. The range of benefits makes it a practical and affordable option. With laminate flooring you can have the benefit of a stylish wood or stone floor without paying too much.
Take a look at Remland Carpets' Laminate flooring range to find one that suits your home or commercial space.
Still not sure about what to pick? Use the information below to help you make a decision.
What is Laminate Flooring?
Laminate wood flooring has been around since 1977. Over the years improvements were made in terms of manufacturing and the way flooring panels interlock.
Today laminate flooring is a popular option to use in almost any room in homes or offices.
Laminate flooring is manufactured by pressing together layers of either synthetic flooring products or pressed wood. These layers are fused together. On top a photograph image is placed to give it an authentic natural look. The photograph can resemble:
A protective layer is put over the photograph, making the flooring durable and long lasting. The authentic look makes laminate flooring a popular alternative to real hardwood flooring.
Laminate flooring is produced in tiles or boards. These can be cut to size according to a room’s requirements. Different pieces snap together which makes for easy installation.
Laminate flooring is moisture resistant. Because of the manufacturing process a liquid spill won’t easily damage the boards. However it’s not completely waterproof. Large amounts of water that aren’t removed may cause moisture to seep in and damage parts of the flooring.
What sets Laminate Flooring Apart?
Here are some easy answers if you’re wondering why you need to use laminate wood flooring in your home:
Healthy option: Laminate flooring doesn’t attract or harbour dust particles. A simple sweep will easily remove dirt. The particles won’t cling to the floor. This makes laminate wood flooring ideal for individuals who have allergies.
Low maintenance: Laminate flooring doesn’t require a lot of upkeep. No special products or treatments are needed. Cleaning requires sweeping or washing with a damp mop.
Durability: Laminate flooring’s top layer is quite hard and durable.
Impact won’t cause dents in your floor.
The floor won’t show scratches easily.
Laminate flooring doesn’t show stains easily.
Easy installation: You can install laminate flooring over other types of flooring such as carpets or vinyl. You don’t have to take out the old flooring which saves time and money. Installation of laminate flooring only requires accurate measurements and basic tools. The tiles will snap into each other to create a smooth surface. This makes laminate wood flooring an excellent option for DIY projects.
Versatility: It’s not only an above grade flooring. You can use laminate wood flooring in almost any room, including basements and attics.
Ready to install your laminate wood flooring panels? One of our fitters can come round and measure and quote for fitting your laminate floor. If you are going to fit your floor yourself, take a look at the information below:
You can use these guidelines when you’re wondering how to install laminate flooring.
The steps also work when replacing a certain piece of laminate flooring. This may be necessary if water or high impact damages a board in your floor. Laminate flooring can’t be repaired, but replacements are relatively easy.
With laminate flooring you don’t have much preparation unless you want to remove a previous floor. Luckily this isn’t necessary. You simply have to make sure the surface is level and then cover an old floor with laminate boards.
You do have to remove any skirting and base boards.
Make sure you plan the overall look correctly. The direction of the grain can have an impact on the room’s presentation. If the grain is facing the right way the room will seem larger.
Make sure you have:
1) Measuring tools
2) Saw (Circular of jigsaw)
4) Rubber hammer
A layer of underlayment must cover the floor. If various pieces are needed make sure the seams are taped together.
Start laying down the flooring from one end of the room. Measure well before cutting pieces to size.
The boards should easily snap together but you can use a rubber hammer too. Tap the boards lightly on the side to make sure there aren’t any gaps between different boards.
The last row of boards may have to be cut in length as well as breadth.
When the entire floor is covered you can replace the base boards.
That’s how easy it is to give your home a new look when you use laminate wood flooring.
Caring for Laminate Flooring
If you want your laminate flooring to look great throughout its extensive lifespan it won’t take much effort on your part.
You can use one of the following cleaning options, depending on what you need to clean up:
Soft headed brush: This is ideal to remove dirt and dust that accumulate regularly. Make sure it’s not a hard brush. This is unnecessary as laminate flooring won’t retain dust.
Damp mop: If you do have to remove some grime a damp mop will suffice. Make sure the mop isn’t too wet as excessive water can seep through and damage the laminate flooring boards from underneath.
Vacuum cleaner: You can use a vacuum cleaner on laminating flooring .The wheels won’t damage the surface. Because this flooring doesn’t retain dirt it will clean easily.
Tips Regarding Laminate Flooring
Remember laminate wood flooring is not waterproof. If you use it in the bathroom or kitchen make sure water doesn’t accumulate in certain areas.
This water needs to be removed regularly so it doesn’t seep through and damage your floor.
Laminate flooring’s top layer is hard and durable. You can clearly hear footsteps crossing a laminate floor. Take this into account when deciding on the flooring for your home.
The noise is dependent on the thickness of the boards or tiles. Using thicker versions—up to 15mm—can counter some noise.
What does your home need? Certain rooms may benefit from noise minimizing flooring on the Remland product list, such as carpets.
Look for Authenticity
Do your homework when picking laminate flooring. View boards up close so you can make sure they are a true representation of the design you want.
This is why Remland Carpets invites you to visit its store in Kent where samples are kept.
Laminate flooring is an ideal option for many rooms in your home. It can bring class to a living room and make kids’ rooms easy to clean. All of this is possible at an affordable price. What more can you ask for? Contact Remland Carpets with your order or visit us to make your final decision easy. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.