As you know we’ve recently moved back in with my Mum so we can save to buy our own home and while we are here, we are helping her with some home improvements. As part of that we are replacing all of the flooring, both up and downstairs and have spent a lot of time weighing up different options. With two dogs, a toddler and soon to be a baby living here, the living space needs to be easy to clean and functional as well as attractive and so it is likely that for the downstairs rooms we will be opting for laminate flooring. Flooring Superstore have put together these 5 tips and facts all about laminate flooring which are going to be really handy when it comes to fitting it.
Laminate flooring has become a very popular flooring option. Due to its durability, practicality, and seemingly endless design choices, most homeowners have switched to laminate flooring in the past years. Despite of that, there are still some people have little to zero clue about laminate flooring and why it revolutionized the flooring industry. So, here are some facts about laminate flooring that you might be interested to know.
- Where can you install it?
Most people confused laminate flooring from vinyl. Their basic difference is that laminate is not a good moisture absorbent. You can install it pretty much everywhere in your house except the bathrooms and kitchens because the floor will get damaged if it absorbs too much moisture. Most homeowners prefer darker shades because they will not look dirty as often as lighter shades. However, the lighter shades brighten up the room so, that’s something to think about.
- Install it over old floor
The great thing about laminate flooring is that you can install it over your old floor without having to remove it. Although, it will raise the level of your floor a little so that is one thing to consider. It can be installed on top of any type of floor except the carpets.
- Getting a room ready for installation
In order to get the room ready for installation, you have to remove the base shoe. You have to make sure that your floor is clean and level because if you install it over a non-level floor, it will lead to some soft and spongy areas. If there are low levels on your floor, you can fill them in or call a professional to help you on this step.
- You have to leave some space
Not many people know that you have to leave about 3/8 inches gap around the parameter of your room. The laminate will expand and contract with the changing weather. So, leave some breathing space for the laminate to avoid future problems.
- Thickness is key
The quality of a laminate is measured by its thickness. The thicker it is, the more durable and realistic it looks. Thin laminate is not good because it cannot stand the pressure of feet.
*This is a collaborative post.