Laminate Buying Guide - Beautiful Flooring Direct
Laminate flooring is an excellent choice for all rooms of the house. The main features of laminate flooring are:
- Versatile-available in a range of both contemporary and traditional designs
- Easy to Fit- your floor can be changed every time you decorate as it is easy to fit yourself.
- Hardwearing- perfect for areas of heavy use.
- Easy to Clean- excellent for households with pets and children
- Non-allergenic- a good choice for allergy sufferers
- Compatible- with under floor heating
- Laminate also has many benefits
- It is Fade resistant
- Stain resistant
- Easily maintained
- Resistant to household chemicals
- Impact resistant
- Plank Dimensions
Laminate plank dimensions indicate the plank depth, width and length for each range.
Laminates are sold in packs, and contain multiple planks equating to a m2 coverage.
Once you know the area of the room you need to cover, you divide this by the pack quantity to calculate how many packs you need.
2 strip and 3 strip designs –perfect for a modern contemporary room.
Full Plank designs- ideal for a more traditionally designed room
Tile effects – a great choice for conservatories, kitchens and bathrooms.
What is a Laminate flooring?
Laminate flooring was invented in the early 1980’s in Sweden; it is a durable product that is usually made up of four layers.
What other items will I need in addition to my new laminate flooring?
In addition to the flooring, you will need accessory items to fit, finish and care for your new laminate floor.
Underlay-Under the floor you will require an underlay to create a level base to lay your floor, and if fitting on the ground floor this underlay must include a moisture barrier.
Fitting Kit- our handy kit has spacers and a tapping block, to ensure your laminate is fitted correctly.
To cover the expansion gap you will need:
Scotia Beading or Skirting- this is necessary to cover the expansion gap that must be left around the edge of the floor. These will either be available to match the colour of your floor or the colour of your existing room décor.
In the doorways you will need:
Door bars- these are necessary to bridge the gap between two floor coverings in different rooms.
. These will either be available to match the colour of your floor or the colour of your existing room décor.
If you have a radiator in the room:
Pipe Roses- these are necessary to cover any expansion gaps around the radiator pipes that go into the floor. These will either be available to match the colour of your floor or the colour of your existing room décor.
For the feet of all furniture in the room:
Floor protectors- A variety of felt pads are available to protect your new floor from the movement of furniture.
Once your floor is installed, you will need to maintain it looking good:
Cleaning items- are available at the time of purchase to ensure you are able to maintain your floor as the manufacturer recommends, it is vital that you use the correct cleaning agents to avoid damage to your beautiful new floor.