What is Laminated Flooring?
It is a relatively new but very popular flooring option, having only been around for about 25 years but is by far the fastest growing segment of the wooden flooring industry. There are very strong reasons for this incredibly popular flooring. Laminate flooring is actually paper imprinted with a high quality photographic image, usually of wood, although it can also be printed to simulate ceramic, terrazzo, marble or terra cotta. This paper is then laminated to a high-density fibre board (HDF) base. For more information on how laminate flooring is made, click here.
How good is quality and durability of laminated wood floors versus solid wood?
Because the laminated surface is sealed with a protective long lasting coating, usually a highly scratch resistant aluminium oxide finish, the result is a tough and durable flooring material that is also very cheap and easy to care for. Quality laminate floors are actually very realistic, and is very difficult to tell the difference between this and a real exotic solid wood floor. The thicker floors actually sound like a hardwood floor when you walk on them. The advantages of laminate floors make it a very convincing option. Quality brands such as Quickstep, Krono, Balterio, Egger and Sensa are generally much more water, stain and scratch resistant and will not fade or dent when compared to hardwood floors. The high-end laminate flooring comes with an extensive warranty from the supplier and can handle heavy traffic areas.
How easy is it to install the floor?
They are quick and easy to install, with majority of them just clicking effortlessly together so you can install them your self, making them the cheapest option as you do not have to employ a carpenter to install your new floor. we also stock a laminate flooring accessories range.
What styles are available?
Where is it suitable for use?
This type of flooring can be use in virually every part of the home, from high traffic areas such as hallways through to lounges & bedrooms, and moisture affected rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms.
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