Benefits Of Choosing Laminate Flooring

laminateLaminate flooring is one of the most durable types of flooring available to the homeowner.

One of the main features is that unlike other types of solid floors such as vinyl, ceramic, stone etc; it is not permanently fixed to your floor. Instead it is laid as a floating floor, the planks are fixed to each other by means of a tongue and groove joint and then a gap is left around the perimeter of the room. This acts as an expansion gap in case the floor expands due to heat.

The surface of the laminate consists of a photographic image that can mimic any type or colour of wood and is then covered with a hardwearing lacquer.

Benefits of laminate flooring include being stain and chemical resistant, they are easy to clean and maintain and are extremely durable – in fact, you could even stub out a cigarette on the surface without causing damage, although it’s not recommended.

The latest generation of laminate floors are incredibly realistic and are easily confused with real wood floors, however they are not made of wood at all. Instead they are made of high density fibreboard which is hard wearing and versatile. There are also laminates available that look like tiled floors when laid. Also moisture resistant laminates that are suitable for use in bathrooms.

If you are a dab hand at DIY then installing a laminate floor is relatively straight forward, however, a professional installer will know the tricks of the trade and will fit properly mitred trims to hide the expansion gap and cut down door frames in order to run the floor under the frames for a seamless finish.

Laminate flooring will add beauty and elegance to any area of your home and if maintained correctly, will last for many years.

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