Laminate flooring boards are extruded and produced from the material much like hardboard, made with binders of wood-pulp. The most effective layer is just a mixture of published woodgrain paper as well as a clear top coat of acrylic finish that provides to close the floor and defend the woodgrain to maintain the faux-wood look of a floor. Laminates are typically more cheap and thinner than other styles of hardwood.
Once you’ve committed to replace your floors, there are more things to consider than just stain. Will you be installing a new subfloor for your new floor? In what rooms will you be installing the new floor? Most importantly, do you want to install a real wood floor, an engineered floor or a laminate floor? It’s important to understand your options and plan your project before you get started.
There are many advantages to installing true hardwood floors. They can be refinished or sanded and stained multiple times, depending on the species of wood and the condition of the floor. You can purchase pre-finished floors in the species — oak, pine, walnut, bamboo, to name a few — and stain of your choosing, or you can choose unfinished floors that are installed and then stained on site with a custom stain.
Before you install your new floor, think about the other projects that will be impacted by your decision. Are you installing over existing floors? If so, you need to address banisters that could now be lower than code allows (36 inches high). Do you have to remove radiators to install your new floors? Maybe it’s time to upgrade your heating and air conditioning system while you are at it. Had you dreamed of an open concept? Then you need to start taking down walls! Don’t forget about mouldings. A new layer of flooring will shorten the appearance of moulding not removed prior to installation. Be sure to budget for the side projects that need to be addressed prior to or as a result of your latest project.
This is a personal choice, but I’d never put a hardwood or engineered floor below grade. I’m a big fan of floors matching from room to room and floor to floor, but when it comes time to update our basement I’ve actually settled on a vinyl wood” floor application. It’s thin, so wewon’t lose height in a basement with a low ceiling, and it is durable. I actually like the look of it more than laminate. And it is peel and stick by the board, not in one big sheet like days of old.
A premium underlay is just one of those features and it gives the flooring soundproof and extra heating abilities. The range also offers stone effect tiles which give you the effect you are looking for without any of the hassle that comes with real stone flooring.