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What is laminate flooring?

.A sought after amenity in any home is an aesthetically pleasing floor: laminate flooring has a natural appeal and, of course, is generally cheaper than real hardwood flooring.

Laminate wood flooring is comprised of composite wood pressed together at high temperature: the photograph, or image, of hardwood then covers this composite wood, producing laminate flooring. A clear, hard layer is then placed on the top, giving it its sheen and durability. Because it is not manufactured from real wood or wood veneers, this makes it a far more cost effective option, especially for new homeowners with a limited budget.

LAMINATE FLOOR INSTALLATION

Cost

On average, the installation of laminate flooring is 50% less expensive than the installation of hardwood flooring. Also, as hardwood flooring is made from harvested trees: the price of this will vary with regard to which type of tree came from, with more exotic trees being a lot more expensive than ash or oak.

Placing

Laminate flooring can be placed on top of almost any existing type of flooring, with the exclusion of carpet. Newer types of laminate tend to have a "click-lock" design: the interlocking planks make it easy for DIY'ers to install themselves in a single weekend without the need of hiring in a professional to install it for them. Also, the laminate can be uninstalled without committing damage to existing flooring already beneath it or damaging the laminate itself. For more information please read the manufactures installation guide.

DIFFERING STYLES?

Okay, so now you know how laminate is manufactured and that it is easily installed with the addition of being able to do it yourself, but what about the different styles of laminate wood? Flooringrepublic offers the greatest range of laminate flooring, and as always, at UK factory prices.

Basically, if you can imagine a type of wood or a certain finish, it's likely it can be made into a laminate design. Sounds great, right? So you can complete that living room or that bedroom with the perfect flooring, best suited to you. But where to start? Here at Floorsingrepublic, we offer an incredible range for every possible taste! Come see..

LAMINATE FLOORING BENEFITS

The benefits of laminate flooring you ask. Well, there are an abundance of benefits, as well as reasons why it can be much more suitable than other kind of flooring.

Durability

Laminate flooring is perfect in high-traffic rooms in your home, and especially if you own pets as it is scratch-resistant, easily cleaned and very durable. A mop dampened with water or a simple a damp cloth can easily clean any stains. Our laminate floors also come with a guarantee for your ease of mind.

No "dud" pieces

Real hardwood flooring can contain many imperfect pieces which cannot be used to lay flooring, or need to be re-engineered before they can be used. It can also be damaged on delivery or whilst being laid: not exactly what a homeowner wants or needs. Laminate, however, will not have any defects.

Good for moist places

Sorry Mum, no more excuses for not wanting to go into the basement or the utility room. Laminate flooring can be installed in kitchens, basements, bathrooms and any other room prone to "topical moisture". However, neither laminate nor real hardwood can tolerate standing pools of water.

Well, there you go. You now understand the ins and outs of laminate flooring, its benefits, and how easily cleaned it is: good news for mucky pups.

What is real wood flooring?

Now you are talking, This is where our sales team come alive, talking wood. Being the manufacturer of the products in our wood ranges we are happy to take you through any part of the process.

Nothing will give your home that timeless traditional touch of beauty, elegance and quality like solid wood flooring. Available in a variety of colours, a solid hardwood floor can complement any style of home or decor and will prove to be an investment of lasting value.

Hardwood flooring is made from a single piece of air-dried or kiln-dried timber, sawn into 18mm to 20mm thick planks. The solid tongue and groove planks come in a variety of widths and lengths with absorption strips, cut lengthwise into the back of each plank to minimize the possibility of the wood warping or splitting through excessive humidity or heat, before it’s installed in your home. Stained and available in a range of colour choices, the top surface of the planks, is finished with a polyurethane coating or an oil-based finish, which eliminates the need for waxing. We offer a range of solid wood flooring products in oak, walnut, beech, bamboo and mahogany.

HOW DOES SOLID WOOD FLOORING DIFFER FROM ENGINEERED WOOD FLOORING OR LAMINATE FLOORING?

Engineered wood flooring, which looks like solid wood, is composed of thin layers of wood of different thicknesses glued together. The top layer is a veneer, which gives the flooring its colour and pleasing appearance. Engineered flooring is the best product for use over concrete, because it resists moisture better than a solid floor. Laminated flooring is generally less costly than a solid wood floor. Composed of a bottom layer, a fibreboard core, a decorative layer and a tough melamine top layer, laminate is a good choice for a home with children or pets, because it resists scratches, stains and dents better than a solid floor. Some engineered flooring and all laminates are suitable for use over under-floor heating systems.

INSTALLATION

A solid wood installation should be completed by a professional as this can the more difficult of flooring installations. A real wood floor should be either glued or nailed to the sub floor. Sub floor preparation is extremely important part of a real wood installation. Please contact one of our technical team to go through the things you may need if installing yourself. There are full instructions in each pack to assist you.

ADVANTAGES OF REAL WOOD FLOORING

A real wood floor that is produced, finished and installed properly will last for many years. Solid flooring can be re-stained and re-sanded several times. Badly damaged planks are replaceable. Top quality engineered flooring can sometimes be refinished, if the veneer is thick enough. Refinishing is never possible for laminate flooring, however.

Solid wood flooring is a completely natural sustainable product. Bamboo, which is actually a type of grass, grows extremely quickly and is ready to become a solid wood floor in just a few years.

Hardwood flooring is preferable to carpet in homes in which people with allergies live, because it's much easier and quicker to clean thoroughly than any type of carpeting.

A solid or engineered wood floor is a no repeat product, unlike laminate. A laminate floor will have a repeat pattern, but a wood product, well that is a mother nature trick, no two pieces the same.

Wood is also associated with be warmer under foot. As wood holds heat longer than ceramic or laminate.

MAINTENANCE

Special cleaners for hardwood are available. To avoid dents and scratches, apply felt pads to the legs of chairs and tables and the corners of heavy pieces of furniture. When moving furniture, lifting it is preferable to pushing it across the floor. Stiletto heels are an enemy of hardwood floors, because they leave dents in the flooring. Avoid wearing them indoors to preserve the beauty of your floors.

What is engineered wood flooring?

Despite the fact that it is the most common type of flooring used today, few are familiar with the term engineered wood flooring or what precisely it is. Engineered wood flooring is basically a wooden plank consisting of real timber that has been carefully pressed into two or more layers. The layers are purposefully installed to run in entirely different directions, creating a more stable base than plain solid wood. Once the floor has been put in, only the top of these layers can be seen.

MADE OF 100% REAL WOOD,

Unlike many of the alternative wood flooring options available on the market, engineered wood flooring is actually entirely made of real wood. This means it is not only more solid and stable, but it also looks more authentic and is likely to be more durable and long lasting, making it well worth investing in the long run. This level of endurance is a rarity in other wood floors and is the main reason that engineered wood flooring remains the number one choice globally.

EASY INSTALLATION PROCESS

Engineered wood flooring is easy to install yourself, something that is not all that common with flooring, a notoriously difficult DIY task. Solid wood flooring necessitates hiring someone in, which costs money, and it also takes a lot longer to finish. Thanks to various factors, engineered wood is far easier to install. Firstly, it requires much less preparation work, and the planks themselves are more flexible. The engineered wood can be nailed over joists, and no plywood sub-flooring is required in advance. Plus, as the top layer has been sanded and sealed in advance, once the floor is down, you can walk on it right away. Other floor types require finishing, so you have to wait to actually use them, which can cause inconvenience.

FLEXIBLE AND LIMITLESS

There are few limitations when it comes to areas in which engineered wood can be installed. Other wood floors are limiting, but engineered types can be placed as over concrete and in areas where there is radiant floor heating as well as basements and other commonly restricted areas.

SPRUCING IT UP IS SIMPLE

Given its very nature and how much it is used, it is perfectly normal, and indeed expected, for floors to become damaged and rugged over time. Some types of flooring are virtually impossible to maintain and fix once its reached a certain point and it leaves little choice but to pull it up and replace it. With engineered wood flooring, there are numerous ways in which you can keep it looking great, including sanding to get rid of scratches or dings.

'FLOATING' INSTALLATION

The floating installation system makes installation even quicker, as the planks aren't actually fastened to the floor, giving them extra flexibility and allowing easy replacement, repair or movement.

AESTHETICALLY PLEASING

With flooring, appearance is not everything, but the right kind of finish and colour can really transform a room and add to its overall look. Engineered wood flooring is available in various different finishes, with the option to have bevelled edges, which look especially great.

Engineered wood flooring can seem pricey at first glance, especially when compared with other flooring, however you get what you pay for, and this flooring simply oozes quality. When you weigh up the benefits and consider how long it will last, it really is a great choice.

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