4 Things to Consider When Buying Laminate Flooring

When decorating a home, there are some key features which need to be perfect. While fancy wallpaper and high-end work surfaces are bound to catch the eye, fundamental elements like flooring are the real stars of interior design. If you get them right, the pieces fall into place.

Laminate flooring makes a great addition to any home because it offers a remarkable degree of versatility. It is durable and affordable. While hardwoods get all the glory, the best laminate flooring in Essex can look virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.

Keep reading to find out more about the benefits of laminate flooring and what to look for when selecting yours.

Variable Floor Design

You don’t have to pick a laminate floor which imitates another material (wood, tile, stone, etc.) because there is a huge range of options available. However, many homeowners choose laminate precisely because it can be used to produce low-cost versions of more lavish products.

For instance, a high-quality laminate imitation with a variable design is hard to tell apart from a real wood floor. No two sections are exactly alike because the pattern and texture would not be uniform with oak, pine, or teak. When shopping, make sure that you invest in a product which is ‘embossed in register’ for maximum believability.

Taking a Test Drive

When browsing for laminate flooring in Essex, ask your vendor if it is possible to take a sample home. You may have to pay a small fee, but it is worth it for the chance to test drive the colour and design in a real life setting. You would be surprised at how many homeowners splash out on a floor only to realise that they do not like how it looks after dark.

Taking a laminate sample home and observing it for a few days gives you the opportunity to see how it looks in full daylight, under lamplight, on overcast days, and next to your favourite armchair. Replacing a floor can be a big job, so take your time and make sure that you pick a design that lights up the room.

High Pressure Vs Direct Pressure

The difference between high pressure and direct pressure laminate lies with the number of layers. The more layers the floor has, the higher its quality. High-pressure products typically have five, which is more than direct pressure floors. They are very hard wearing, have impressive shock absorbing capacities, and they are ideal for high traffic rooms.

While they cost a little more than direct pressure laminate, they are worth the investment if you have children or pets. It is also worth noting that the extra layers act as sound absorbers too. They will keep the noise in your home to a minimum, and they will help you fool friends and neighbours. Natural wood has a distinct sound, and high-pressure laminate replicates this.

The Installation Process

Another benefit of laminate flooring in Essex is the fact that it is so easy to install. Even those with little DIY experience can do the job independently. It will take you longer, however, so it is worth considering outside help, especially if the vendor also offers a fitting service.

There are three ways to install a laminate floor, but the method that you use will depend on the type of product that you purchase. Some come with pre-glued sections and others need an adhesive application before they are laid. The simplest laminate comes in a ‘tongue and groove’ form and slots together like a jigsaw puzzle.

For more advice on shopping for laminate flooring in Essex, visit Carpet Connection today. Or, call 01787 374624 to get directions to your nearest flooring showroom.

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