Laminate flooring – FAQs Answered

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:

  1. A wear layer on the top, which is heat and fade resistant and helps to prevent scratches and stains;
  2. A design layer, which makes the floor look like authentic wood;
  3. A tough inner core that’s able to withstand everyday knocks and strains;
  4. 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.

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5 Ways You’re Ruining Your Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring might just have all of the answers to your flooring requirements. It’s long lasting, hardwearing and it looks great, but that’s only if it’s properly cared for.

If you feel that you’re not getting the most out of your newly laid laminate flooring in Crows Nest, the following are five ways that you could be ruining your flooring without you even knowing it;

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  1. Using too much water

Whilst water is necessary when it comes to getting a dirty floor clean, using too much water is definitely not a good idea. Excess water can seep into the cracks and ridges causing swelling and all kinds of irreversible damage.

As is the case with cleaning vinyl flooring in Sydney, a little bit of water goes a long way when cleaning a laminate floor. In fact, most floors can be cleaned with a dust mop and sticky or stubborn stains can be spot cleaned with a damp cloth.

  1. Using the wrong cleaning agents

Don’t be fooled into thinking that the more detergent you use, the cleaner your floor will be as quite often the opposite is true.

Whatever cleaning solution you’re using, be sure to read the instructions and always use a cleaning spray that’s deemed suitable for use on laminate flooring.

  1. Not enough sweeping and/or vacuuming

All kinds of dirt can cause damage to a laminate floor as it can dull its shine and cause scratches. Regular sweeping and/or vacuuming is required to remove everyday dirt from your floor’s surface so never skimp on this part of your to-do list.

Using a dust mop instead of a regular brush with hard bristles is recommended.

  1. Allowing streaks of direct sunlight into your home

Did you know that patches of sunlight that come into your home in the same pattern everyday can fade and damage sections of your laminate flooring?

A quick fix is to use curtains, blinds or some form of window decoration to protect your floor during sunlight hours.

  1. Leaving potted plants on the floor

We all love the sense of the great outdoors that a potted plant can introduce to a home but leaving your potted plants on your laminate flooring isn’t such a good idea.

Overfilling the pots with water can cause damage to your flooring so we recommend placing all of your greenery on a mat that will soak up all excess leaks and foliage.

And that completes our list of five ways that you might be ruining your laminate flooring without you even knowing it! Follow all of the above and your flooring will stay looking newer for longer.

5 Smart Ways to Choosing the Right Flooring for your Beachside Property

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While beachside properties are much sought after, owners of these homes will know how sand manages to get everywhere, and under carpets is no exception.

If you have a seaside home and you’re thinking of changing your carpets, you may want to try an alternative type of flooring, rather than choosing carpeting again. Continue reading

3 Simple Ways to Give your Living Room a Lift for the new Season

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If you’re finding it hard to say goodbye to summer and outdoor living, one way to lift your spirits is to give your home a mini makeover before the autumn and winter takes hold.

Here are 3 simple ways to give your living room a lift for the new season without damaging your bank balance:

  1. Add an inviting glow with a pair of pink lamps

While you don’t want to go full out just yet with cosy cushions and throws, buying a couple of new lamps is an easy way to inject a cosy glow and add a little colour.

Pink is very much in vogue right now, so why not look for a pair of pink lamps to cast a rosy hue over your living space?

Exchange your old carpet for a laminate floor

Although carpet can provide a cosy feeling throughout the autumn and winter months, an old and tired carpet can really detract from a feeling of homeliness. So why not rip it up and replace it with laminate flooring?

If you’re looking to buy laminate flooring on a budget, many DIY stores have a great selection or check out your local flooring showroom for a wider choice.

Shop your own home

If you don’t have a lot of money to spare, have a look around your home and see what could be repurposed.

Perhaps you’ve got a rug in your bedroom that would look fantastic on your new laminate floor?

Maybe you could move a piece of art from your hallway into your living room, or maybe even pot up some plants from your garden to keep summer going a little longer in your home?

With a little thought and creativity, you can add subtly change the look of your living room, without spending a fortune.

3 Reasons why Laminate Flooring might be the Perfect Solution for your Home

 

When choosing flooring for your home, there are so many different options to choose from with some options being tiled flooring, hardwood flooring Sydney, engineered wood flooring and vinyl flooring.

Before you make your choice, you should know the pros and cons of each type to determine their suitability to the area in which you plan to install flooring.

If you are looking for flooring that ticks all the right boxes, then laminate flooring Sydney could be a perfect choice for your home.

Here are some reasons why:

  1. Suitable for all Spaces

Laminate flooring is a very versatile type of flooring and can be successfully installed in many different areas such as hallways and entrances, bedrooms and living rooms.

The only place it is not recommended that you install laminate flooring is a bathroom as excessive moisture and laminate flooring do not go well together.

  1. Cost Effective

If you are working within a limited budget but still want to have stylish yet good quality flooring installed in your home, then laminate flooring is just the ticket.

It is a good deal less expensive than some other wooden flooring options making it a good choice from a cost point of view.

  1. Durable

Today’s laminate flooring is extremely durable and can withstand the stresses that children, pets and furniture can put it through.

This is because the top layer of laminate gives added protection to flooring as well as giving it a realistic wooden look.

In short, laminate flooring provides the right solution for your home if you want a durable, versatile type of flooring that provides exceptional value for money.

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Thinking about investing in wooden flooring? Here’s what you need to know

When you make a decision to have wooden flooring in your home, you may be surprised to find that the choices of options that face you afterwards can be quite overwhelming.

The first decision you have to make is whether you want engineered flooring in Sydney or whether you prefer the look of hardwood flooring in Sydney or perhaps laminate flooring is the way you want to go?

We did tell you that you had many types of wooden flooring to choose from! To help you narrow down your options, here is a basic guide to the differences between these three types of wood flooring:

Engineered wood flooring is wood flooring that is made up of plywood flooring core with a hardwood layer that is fixed to the top.

Hardwood flooring is flooring made from planks of solid timber such as beech, oak, walnut or cherry, to name just a few.

Laminate flooring is made up of a plywood core covered by a resin layer on top that is manufactured to replicate the look of real wood.

Each of these types of wood flooring has their own pros and cons and your final choice will depend on your personal preference, its intended use and your budget.

To help you make the right choice, you should deal with a trusted flooring specialist who has experience and expertise to help you choose the right flooring for you and your home.

Carpet Right has just what you need which is why millions of people trust them every day.

To see the extensive range of wood flooring offered by Carpet Right, visit www.carpetright.com.au or visit any one of our stores nationwide.

If you have any questions, you can pick up your phone and speak to a member of our expert team by calling 1300 735 455.

The Top 5 Advantages of Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring is a floor covering option that has become increasingly popular in recent years. Although bamboo flooring is produced from a variety of grass, it shares many of the attributes of hardwood flooring and it shares many of its benefits too. Read on to find out the top 6 advantages of bamboo flooring.

  1. Durable

Bamboo flooring is a very durable floor covering making it suitable for use in busy homes or in areas that experience a high level of footfall. Although it is actually a grass, bamboo flooring is also tough enough to withstand impacts caused by falling objects and wear and tear caused by animals and children.

  1. Sustainable

Bamboo can continue to grow after it has been harvested making bamboo flooring an environmentally friendly choice of floor covering. If you are concerned with maintaining a ‘green’ home or want to have a minimal effect on the environment with your choice of floor covering, bamboo flooring in Sydney is the perfect choice.

  1. Style

Bamboo flooring is a very stylish choice of floor covering. You can choose from natural bamboo, which has a light colouring, carbonised bamboo which is a darker shade and stained bamboo which can be stained in a variety of shades and colour to suit your interior. Not only that but you can also have a wood effect pattern printed directly onto the bamboo which will suit any type of décor.

  1. Easy to care for

Bamboo flooring is very easy to care for. A simple brushing coupled with a regular mopping with just some hot water is enough to keep it free of dirt. In fact, there is no need for harsh detergents and it is best to avoid them when cleaning your bamboo flooring.

  1. Cost effective

Compared to some other flooring options, bamboo flooring is very cost effective and economical to install. Due to its durability, it doesn’t need to be replaced as often as other types of flooring options making it a sensible choice for your pocket.

  1. Suitability

Bamboo flooring is suitable for placement in almost all areas of the home but it is especially suitable for areas that have high traffic levels. It can be laid on ground floors and upper floors as well as over existing floor coverings such as vinyl flooring.

When you are choosing bamboo flooring in Sydney, it is important to fully understand the type of flooring you are purchasing so that you can make a fully informed decision.

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