5 Advantages of Laminate Flooring
Tired of the flooring in your home? Do you feel you need an update or refresh to get your property looking more modern? Well there are a range of options out there. Wood flooring has become trendier due to its versatility and the traditional cum modern look it brings to appearance of a property. There are various types of wood flooring including hardwood flooring, laminate flooring, vinyl flooring, luxury vinyl flooring amongst others. With all these options it can be hard to know what works for your home and your budget.
In our view, the best wood flooring provides a practical surface that should age gracefully with time. So, it does not look bad or shabby after a few years of use. While there are a range of good options as highlighted above, Laminate flooring has been the popular choice for many in the last 20 years or so. Laminate flooring consists of a multi-layer synthetic flooring put together through the laminate process. The laminate flooring achieves strength, stability and has an appealing appearance. It consists of 4 layers wear layer (at the top), pattern layer, substrate layer and backing layer.
There are loads of reasons why laminate flooring is popular and appeals to a wide range of property owners. In summary, it is pocket friendly compared to other wood flooring types, it is easy to clean and maintain and can be easy to install (although we always recommend speaking to a professional so that you don’t make mistakes that will cost you more). It is also versatile and ages really well.
When choosing your ideal flooring, key considerations should be appearance, durability, colour, functionality, and the cost. We dive into some of these below as we explain why laminate flooring is a great option for your property.
Laminate flooring works really well in high traffic areas like hallways, kitchens, reception areas amongst others. The floors in high traffic areas in a property will suffer more wear and tear than other areas. Luckily, laminate flooring is known for its durable qualities.
To get the best value check the laminate AC ratings before installation. AC1 is for moderate traffic, AC2 is for general traffic (dining or living rooms), AC3 is for heavy traffic, AC4 is for moderate traffic in commercial spaces and AC5 is for heavy traffic in commercial spaces.
One great appeal of laminate flooring is the cost. It was initially introduced as a cost-effective alternative to real wood flooring and floor tiles. With loads of innovations to laminate floors, the cost has significantly improved over years. The average cost of laminate flooring is £6 per sqm for the basic 6mm thick planks. For higher quality specs from 8mm to 12mm, you are looking at £20 per sqm. There are a variety of laminate floor options from the dirt-cheap ones to the high spec ones. It all depends on your budget and what you set out to achieve. As a rule of thumb, we advise that you don’t go for the dirt-cheap ones as it means you may be replacing them anytime soon. Target the mid-range to high spec. In comparison to carpets they may be slightly more expensive but carpets last 6 to 10 years while laminate floors last on average about 20 years.
Laminate flooring appeals to many due to its versatility. There are now laminate floors in the market for every room in your home or property. Laminate floors for bedrooms, lounge areas, living rooms, hallways etc. There are options for high traffic areas and areas in the property that encounter water – dining area, kitchens, and bathrooms.
For high traffic areas, use laminate floors that are thicker. These should be laid properly to prevent damage and so they last longer. For wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms, use laminates that are waterproof or specifically designed laminates that are waterproof. They must be properly installed otherwise water sips into the corners which could lead to damp and mould.
Laminates are also appropriate for underfloor heating as well. Please check with the manufacturer so that you get the right material and underlay so as not to have any issues in the future.
Another great advantage of laminate floors is that they are easy to maintain. They are easy to clean and where there is damage it is easy to take off and replace the damaged area. Usually the laminate manufacturer recommends the ideal cleaning products but if not, there are many good cleaning products in the shops. Some tips to consider when cleaning laminate floors are:
Laminate floors boast a classic look that ages well over time. You can create the natural look using a variety of woods like oak or you can have the tile effect. They is also the stone effect which looks great. You can mix and match depending on the outcomes you want for your property. With innovation there are loads of options out there. Our tip is to do lots of research and talk to the flooring experts. Laminate floors are easily a great choice for a property you will reside in or even one to rent out or use as short-lets as it still gives that feel of class and luxury even though you can purchase and install on a pocket friendly budget.
Choose your style of flooring based on your expectations for your home or property i.e. how much foot traffic or how busy the area would be.