More about Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring is a very popular choice throughout the home as replicates the look of real wood, while being a fraction of the cost. It is made up of a photographic applique layer which imitates solid wood. This is placed under a clear protective layer which allows durability.
This wood effect laminate allows your floor to be more water resistant than solid wood, so you needn’t worry about the occasional spill. If the worst should happen and your flooring does undergo extensive damage, this quality laminate floor is affordable and easy to replace.
Where Should I Lay Laminate Flooring?
This type of wood laminate flooring is suitable for every room of the house, from the dining room to the bathroom. It’s even a popular option for commercial buildings such as offices or shops, which see a lot of footfall.
Because it’s more water resistant than solid wood, kitchen laminate flooring is a good option for a room which usually sees a lot of mess. The same applies for bathroom laminate flooring, which is both quick to clean and easy to replace should the worst happen. However, if you aren’t after a wooden look, the best laminate flooring could be tile as it is often preferred for bathrooms as they replicate the look of tiles.
Do I Need Underlay for Laminate?
Underlay is an extra layer which goes between your laminate and the subfloor of the house. This is recommended when installing these floors as it will prevent vapour from reaching the laminate wood. It will also help soundproof the room and add a little extra warmth.
Read our Underlay Flooring Guide for more information.
How to Lay Laminate Floor
Installing this type of flooring is very easy to do yourself. All you will need is your pack of laminate floor, your chosen underlay, scissors, tape, a hammer, nails and beading to go around the edges of the room.
Once your subfloor is clean and dry, start by laying the underlay. Simply place the sheets side by side and tape together. Trim any excess underlay down and then tape at the seams until you have covered the floor.
After this, start laying your laminate floor from the left-hand corner of the room. Leave an 8-10mm gap around the perimeter of the room to allow for expansion and your beading. Due to the simple clicking system of the flooring, no glue is required, all you have to do is click each plank into place. Once finished, install your beading over the expansion gaps and fix in position with a hammer and nails.
Read more about installing your flooring here: How to Install Laminate Floors
How to Clean Laminate Floors
Laminated wood is one of the easiest floors to clean. However, it’s best to steer clear of mopping, as the laminated flooring is not completely waterproof. The best solution is a damp microfiber mop. This will pick up dust and give the floor a shine without risking any damage. If you want a deeper clean, it’s recommended to spray a laminate flooring solution to your mop. Alternatively, you can use white vinegar which will have the same effect.
Please browse out range of high quality, yet cheap laminate floor. If you are unsure which is the best laminate flooring for you, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 03301000015. Or please order a free sample of wood laminate flooring to test in your home. We also have a Laminate Floor Advice Centre should you need any more help.