Laminate flooring is an ideal choice for busy homes due to its low maintenance and ease of cleaning. It is suitable for various rooms including living rooms, dining rooms and hallways. Laminate is practical and simple to fit. Laminate flooring is available in different thicknesses and in a variety of realistic wood and stone finishes. 

What is laminate flooring?

Laminate flooring is an ideal choice for busy homes due to its low maintenance and ease of cleaning. It is suitable for various rooms including living rooms, dining rooms and hallways. We also have ‘aqualoc’ laminate, which can be used in the bathroom. Laminate flooring is practical and simple to fit, and it is available in a variety of realistic wood and stone finishes.  It is designed to give the closest replication of natural materials such as wood and tiles.  Laminate Flooring is made from different layers and then compressed together at a very high temperature. The main body is made from high-density fibre and strengthened with a resin, which is topped with a decorative layer and then covered by a transparent wear layer, which sits on top to protect the surface from everyday wear and tear. The wear layer helps maintenance thanks to its hard sealed surface which is stain-resistant. 

What is a good thickness for laminate flooring?

Laminate flooring comes in 6mm, 7mm, 8mm, 10mm, 12mm and 14mm thick. The thicker the laminate, the more benefits there are: 

  • It begins to feel more like hardwood underfoot.
  • The more detailed designs become.
  • They are quieter with less echoing.
  • The more impact resistant they become.

How durable is laminate flooring?

Laminate flooring is highly durable. The high-density main body offers maximum impact resistance and can withstand heavy furniture without denting. The top layer protects the surface against scratching and fading, which makes laminate well suited for rooms where there’s high-traffic. Laminate is water-resistant, but not waterproof. Spills are not a problem if they’re cleaned up straight away. All of our laminate floorings comes with a wear guarantee, starting at 10 years to a lifetime warranty. 

How long does laminate flooring last? 

The average lifespan for laminate flooring is between 15 and 25 years. The difference in life expectancy depends on the quality of the flooring, whether it was professionally installed, the amount of traffic it receives and how well it’s maintained. 

What are the advantages of laminate flooring?

A significant advantage of laminate flooring is the price. Thanks to its specialised embossing technique that gives laminate the appearance of wood or ceramic tiles, you can choose to have a natural-looking floor which offers the most affordable alternative to the real thing. Laminate flooring is very durable, the treated, extra-tough top layer of laminate makes it highly resistant to scuffs, scratches and stains. It is also very easy to clean and keep well maintained. 

Can I use laminate flooring in my kitchen & bathroom?

With recent advances in product development, there is a brand new and innovative, water-repellent coating that prevents water from entering the floor’s grooves, which makes it perfectly suitable for wet environments. So yes, laminate is now a suitable flooring option for your bathroom or kitchen. 

Do I need to use underlay for laminate flooring?

Underlay is required under every laminate flooring.  Underlay helps laminate planks to be evenly distributed across the subfloor and supports the locking system between planks to make sure that the floor is sturdy. 

Is laminate flooring better than luxury vinyl?

In appearance, luxury vinyl and laminate flooring are fairly similar. The installation process for the click luxury vinyl is also very similar to that of laminate flooring. They both present a very realistic representation of natural hardwood flooring and cost significantly less than the real thing. The biggest difference between the two products is the ability to resist moisture. With laminate flooring, the joints can swell due to moisture, but this doesn’t happen with luxury vinyl. As a result, when installing new flooring in a bathroom, kitchen or any area where there is a lot of moisture, luxury vinyl will probably be the best choice.

 Is laminate flooring better than engineered real wood?

By understanding more about these types of flooring, it’s easier for people to choose the best flooring that fits their own personal style and budgets.

Laminate flooring and engineered hardwood are both great choices for anyone considering hard flooring. Laminate has its advantages over engineered flooring, such as lower pricing, easier installation and it is more durable, making it an ideal choice for households with children and pets that want low-maintenance flooring.

Engineered hardwoods offer their own benefits, including an amazing selection of styles and colours, low maintenance, and is more water-resistant. This flooring is ideal for anyone that wants a more affordable and lower maintenance alternative to solid hardwoods.

Is laminate flooring better than carpet?

If affordability and practicality is a priority then laminate flooring is often the ideal floor. The long residential warranty combined with its simplicity to install and repair properties makes it ideal for many areas within the home. It will also perform well in areas of heavy traffic or when exposed to stress from children and pets. If comfort is the major reason behind wanting a new floor then a carpet will always win over laminate flooring.

Why choose Avana Flooring?

  • Free Home Flooring Consultation.
  • Free, no-obligation quotation.
  • We beat any quote.
  • Qualified, certified floor fitters.
  • Wear guarantee on every floor.