Until quite lately, most UK homes have featured carpeting throughout. However, laminated wood floors are becoming popular recently and for good reason – it is not difficult to care for, is economical, can be readily installed, looks good and is guaranteed for life. Essentially it gives you the look of solid hardwood flooring which was traditionally associated with expensive larger properties. Laminated flooring though can be purchased in a fraction of the cost and the without the expense of professional setup. There are extensive ranges of designs that are laminate and finishes that are popular include English oak, Rustic French oak, Classic oak, Beech, English Cherry, Maple, Birch, American Pine, Walnut, American Black Walnut, Norwegian Maple, Chestnut and Nevada Larch. Yet, these days you can also get more awesome designs as well, including stonework and tile finishes. So whatever ‘look’ you’re going for in a more conventional style, or your house, whether it is contemporary and minimalist, there is a laminate layout that will be perfect for your requirements. Another benefit of laminate flooring is that’s increasingly seen as the flooring design of choice by a lot of people, and several estate agents will state that it is certainly a selling feature of any home.
Laminates in bathrooms and kitchens
Until lately, laminates weren’t recommended for use in ‘wet’ areas like kitchens and bathrooms. But the quality has improved so dramatically over the last few years, that there are now products available that can be used in these most important rooms of the house – and they still carry an eternity guarantee (or a twenty year guarantee for the toilet). This new generation of laminates has been snapped up by homeowners who love the versatility of having them – easy to wash and wonderful and warm underfoot.
Unlike traditional solid wood flooring which needs a skilled carpenter to lay it, laminate flooring is extremely easy to install. With assistance from a fact sheet, anybody (even somebody who would not class themselves as a DIY-er) could make a good job of it. The flooring was made to make installation as simple as you can, and it because it only ‘clicks’ once started, a room can shortly be covered. Therefore, if you’re looking to do a rapid and dramatic transformation of a space, laminate flooring is definitely an excellent choice.
Laminate flooring: what is it?
OK, some technical information. Laminate flooring is composed of four layers – a base layer which stabalises the merchandise, an additional layer which has an HDF heart, followed with a photographic paper picture of the finish (oak wood boards for example) and then finally, an extremely hardwearing and durable laminate coating. The thinner the laminate (from 7mm) the more economical it really is, but all products nowadays are hardwearing and offer a very long time guarantee or twenty year guarantee when specifically designed for the bathroom.
So whether you are choosing a floor to get a family house that you plan to live in for quite a while, or refurbishing a property for sale or lease, you will be sure that laminate flooring is a good option.