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Should You Be Lusting After Laminate?

At this time of year you’re probably spending more time than ever padding around at home in your bare feet – and it’s only now that you come to really appreciate your flooring. Or at least you will if it’s laminate or hardwood. Cold tile might be a different matter altogether…

Here at Heiton Buckley we specialise in laminate and hardwood flooring but in the following article we’re going to look at the benefits of laminate flooring in particular.

Why Laminate Flooring?

Laminate is strong (in that it can take a lot of knocks without denting easily), it’s attractive and it’s great for rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms because it doesn’t matter if anything cold or wet gets spilled on it. Not only that but water and steam won’t bother it either.

Another big plus in laminate’s favour? It’s not as expensive as many other floor coverings out there today so excellent if you’re looking to do up your home on a budget. Better still, laminate flooring is easy to replace if a tile or two is ruined (although this tends to happen extremely rarely in our experience).

What Exactly Is Laminate Flooring?

Laminate is a selection of compressed and processed woods such as MDF which have an image of wood placed on top and protected with a clear melamine sheet. The tiles – which vary between 7mm to 10.5 mm in thickness – come in a selection of sizes and shapes such as a square, rectangular or v-groove.

Other Benefits Of Installing Laminate Flooring

Put laminate down and you won’t have to even think about re-doing your floors again for at least another decade. That’s because this is a flooring material which is made to last.

Laminate can be fitted easily and quickly, meaning you’re not going to be locked out of a particular room in your house for days waiting for the fitters to lay down that flooring.

Unlike vinyl flooring, laminate won’t fade when exposed to the sun for long periods. And it won’t crack easily like ceramic tile either when something heavy is dropped on it (a particular hazard in the kitchen).

You’ll usually find that laminate flooring comes with an extremely long warranty – up to 25 years in some cases.

Cons Of Fitting Laminate

In the interests of being fair, we reckoned it was only fair to warn you of some of the potential drawbacks of having laminate fitted in your home:

Unlike hardwood flooring laminate isn’t flexible so won’t give any yield. This can prove a bit uncomfortable when standing on it for long periods.

If your laminate does get ruined then the whole panel will have to be replaced. With hardwood it’s just a case of sanding down the ruined planks.

Certain types of laminate can be a bit slippery so you may have to tread carefully at times.

But maybe you already have laminate flooring fitted and are looking to replace it? Whatever your query, do feel free to approach any of our staff for advice. They’ll be only too happy to help out.