Laminate flooring is a modern alternative to traditional wood flooring and it comes with all the beauty of wood but without the drawbacks. It’s easy to clean and fit, and is resistant to stains and scuffs, so with a little care, it will look great for a long time.
If you want to buy laminate flooring, you may have questions about it. On that note, here are some of the most frequent queries that we get from our customers;
What is laminate flooring?
Laminate flooring is a hard floor that has the appearance of wood, or sometimes stone or tiles. It is made up of four layers:
- A wear layer on the top, which is heat and fade resistant and helps to prevent scratches and stains;
- A design layer, which makes the floor look like authentic wood;
- A tough inner core that’s able to withstand everyday knocks and strains;
- A stabilising layer at the bottom, which keeps everything solid and flat.
Does it look authentic?
Yes. With modern techniques, the floor looks and feels just like a real wooden floor, because the surface texture follows the pattern of the visible wood grain.
Is laminate flooring expensive?
Not compared to traditional wood floors. The same look can be achieved at a fraction of the cost and unlike wooden floors; laminate flooring doesn’t need sanding and varnishing.
Can I fit laminate flooring myself?
Yes, because the floor sections click together easily. However, it’s recommended that you get a professional fitting service to do it for you as they are experts at measuring rooms and have the right tools to do the job very quickly.
Whether you are buying laminate flooring in Sydney, laminate flooring in Manly or Brisbane, it’s always a good idea to choose a specialist flooring store that offers or recommends a good fitting services.
Does it feel cold to walk on?
The layers in modern laminate flooring have insulating properties, so it actually feels less cold to bare feet than traditional wooden boards.
Will laminate flooring create more noise?
Any hard floor is going to generate more noise than carpet, but the layers in laminate flooring insulate against noise, so it’s quieter than a traditional wooden floor.
Do I need underlay?
Yes. Underlay is vital for the finished look and feel of your floor – it’s not an optional extra. There are different types of underlay – a thicker underlay will provide more insulation and sound proofing.
Can I use laminate flooring in the bathroom?
There are some types that can be used in bathrooms, but it’s generally not regarded as the best type of floor for this room as damp conditions can damage the floor structure.
How do I care for my laminate floor?
Sweeping with a soft brush or vacuuming helps to keep dirt from damaging the surface. Laminate flooring is not waterproof, so it should never be cleaned with a soaking wet mop, as water can separate the layers. Simply clean with a damp cloth, then wipe immediately with a dry one.