Laminate flooring is a popular choice in today’s homes for many good reasons.
Laminate is a manufactured product that simulates the look of many types of flooring such as hardwood, tile and natural stone to name a few. The planks or tiles ‘lock’ together to create a single ‘floating floor’. It is necessary to provide proper expansion space and the floor must never be pinned down. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions as not all laminates have the same requirements. These floors function well in any space and come in many different styles and colors. You can choose from natural colors, dark wood grains as well as warm or cool color tones to compliment any décor.
Many hardwood plank designs are offered in laminate, including rare, exotic wood species. Laminate stone and tile patterns will give you the elegant look of tile, but without the concerns of grout cleaning or cracking tile.
Laminate floors offer many benefits to you and your home, including
Fake is out. If laminates looked fake the last time you checked, today’s laminates are looking better and better and you have to examine them very closely to be identified. Because of the growing popularity of laminates, there is an increasing variety of traditional, rustic and exotic wood grain designs. Some of the new laminates really have the look of natural materials, particularly the textured products that give the floor dimension.
The most common, basic designs have a wood grain appearance. Some of the most popular laminates have rustic or historic wood grain patterns as well as the natural stone look-a-likes that, particularly slate and tumbled tile varieties.
Like any floor, select the laminate that compliments the size of your room and the activities taking place in it. Lighter colours will make a small room appear larger, while darker colors will absorb the light and create a more intimate setting. You can choose a color that either coordinates or contrasts with your cabinets and other furniture. Let your creativity guide you!
1) Glueless laminate flooring is quick and easy-to-install with no mess. These floors come in both planks and squares. An underlayment needs to be installed directly underneath the planks or tiles to aid in levelling the substrate, reduce noise and provide a smooth surface for the laminate to ‘float’ on. In high moisture areas and basements, a moisture barrier must also be used (some underlayments are also vapour barriers.
2) Laminate flooring with attached underlay come with different types of tongue and grooved locking systems and an attached underlayment to reduce noise levels.
Laminate mouldings affect the overall style and give your room a beautiful finished look. Mouldings are important to cover the space that is allowed for the flooring to expand on top of the subfloor, and they help with the transition to an adjacent floor. Most manufacturers offer coordinating mouldings in all styles and colors for any laminate flooring you choose.
Laminate floors are durable, low-maintenance, versatile and cost-efficient and may be the flooring solution for your lifestyle.