Find out more about laminate flooring in this guide written by our in house experts.
Laminate flooring can be relatively inexpensive, extremely tough and very long lasting. Homeowners and builders will often choose laminate flooring for a vast number of key reasons.
- Easy to install
- Easy to remove
- Can be lifted and reinstalled numerous times
- No Glue required
- Hard to scratch (unlike real wood surfaces)
- A wide range of decors
- Low maintenance
- Can be extremely realistic
- Often suitable for commercial use.
- Long lasting
- Suitable for all budgets
- Water resistant laminates are now available
Benefits of Laminate Flooring
Originally laminate floors were glued together but as technology has improved, modern laminate floors use a variation of different click system types. Some have various niche advantages but we have found that there are multiple advantages which all of the different systems have in common:
- No glue is required
- Easy DIY installation
- Fast Installation
- Can be used immediately
Laminate flooring is manufactured across the world, with all of the top brands originating from Europe. Some of the worlds best known brands are Egger, Kronoswiss, Quickstep and Kronotex.
The construction of laminate flooring consists of 4 layers. A HDF (High Density Fiberboard) as the main core, with a balancing paper on the base. The top of the HDF core is finished with a decorative paper and then laminated. The HDF board is then cut down to a required size and machined to add the click system.
Choosing Your Laminate Floor
Today there are thousands of laminate floor types available with various thicknesses, wear ratings, decors and features.
The thickness of laminate flooring commonly ranges from 6mm up to 14mm. A thicker floor offers these great benefits
- Stronger click system
- Easier to install
- More Robust feel
- Increased insulation
- Better performance on imperfect floor levels
AC Ratings will commonly range from AC1 up to AC5. A higher AC rating will offer some performance improvements.
- Improved scratch resistance
- Increased impact resistance
- Long lasting even with Heavy traffic
- Suitability for commercial use
When choosing we think that it is important to read the product details of each laminate to ensure that it meets your requirements. If you were thinking of installing your new floor in a Kitchen, you may want to consider a thicker and hard wearing AC4 rated laminate floor, with water proofing built in. Of course it will be a little more expensive but it will likely last much longer in a busy kitchen. Few of us will want to be replacing our new flooring after only a short period of use.
It's also important to remember that while laminate flooring is considered hard wearing, it isn't indestructible. The individual boards are fragile before installation and they should be handled with care. But even after installing, they can be marked or chipped if something heavy is dropped on them, or something is dragged across them. For this reason we advise using felt pads underneath all furniture and keeping a few boards spare just in case. If disaster should happen, there are repair kits available on the market which can do a fantastic job of hiding a scratch or chip in laminate floors.