Choosing Laminate Flooring

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Laminate flooring has grown enormously in popularity over the past few years for a number of key reasons. Firstly, laminate finishes are now so high-quality and varied in their available effects that it is incredibly difficult to distinguish them from traditional hardwood flooring. In addition to this, laminate is generally speaking more affordable, more eco-friendly than hardwood, very hardwearing, easy to install and maintain, and compatible for use with underfloor heating systems. With all these things considered, it makes good sense why laminate flooring has become an extremely popular and effective flooring solution.

When it comes to choosing the type of laminate flooring that will suit your project best, there are a number of variables to consider. First of all and most obviously, is the finish. Now available in so many different high-quality finishes, choosing the right one can appear daunting at first to someone who's not sure. Popular finishes include: maple, oak, pine, cherry, mahogany, stone, slate, and even concrete. If you are looking for a modern, clean, bright aesthetic to you space then you are mostly like better off with a maple or oak finish, which tend to be lighter in tone and have less prominent imperfections and grain marks. If however, you are after a more classic, rustic appeal, then do consider a darker wood finish such as hickory, pine, cherry or mahogany. These finishes tend to be on the richer side of the tone spectrum, ideal for use where darker, earthier colours are being introduced to the space, and also tend to offer a more defined and characteristic grain pattern.

As well as choosing your favourite finish, you will also need to choose the right type of laminate flooring for the space you will be laying it in. Laminate flooring is generally speaking both highly versatile and highly robust, offering significant durability and scratch-resistance even in high-traffic areas of the home such as hallways. It is still important however to choose the right type of laminate for the right space. Laminate flooring is available in wear ratings, which is useful to bear in mind, and products often vary in terms of their manufacturer's warranty. If you expect your new laminate floor to experience high traffic, do be sure to choose one that offers a generous warranty, to cover you for the most about of time.

Other factors to bear in mind when choosing laminate flooring include the pack quantity, board size, fitting profile, and FSC approval. Pack quantities and board sizes do vary, so be sure you check the dimensions of the boards, and how many come per pack. You will likely find that some are better value than others, and come in larger pack sizes. Fitting profiles tend not to vary considerably, and nowadays, most tile and wood flooring specialists only sell flooring with easy-to-install profile systems. Three of the most popular systems include the ‘twin clic', ‘top clic', and the ‘clic to clic'. If you're unsure about which is the easiest to install for your level of expertise, do be sure to chat through the options with your local supplier who should be more than happy to advise you. Some systems recommend the use of glue as well as the tongue in groove system. Whilst this may be more labour intensive, this method is widely regarded as superior and longer-lasting.

 

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Fernando Frambuesa has 1 articles online

Topps Tiles is Britain's biggest tile and wood flooring specialist, and offers a wide range of high-quality laminate flooring solutions.

 

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This article was published on 2011/01/11