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What Is Laminate Flooring?

Laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product, fused together with a lamination process. Laminate flooring simulates wood (or stone, in some cases) with a photographic applique layer under a clear protective layer. The inner core layer is usually composed of melamine resin and fiber board materials. There is sometimes a glue backing for ease of installation. It has the advantages that it is durable, as compared with carpet, and attractive, at a lower cost as compared to natural floor materials.

The top wear layer is incredibly durable and easy to care for. It is also impervious to most stains, spills, burns and extremely scratch-resistant, making it perfect for busy families and pet owners. Laminate floors are installed by floating the planks over most substrates including plywood, OSB, concrete slabs and some existing floor coverings. The planks and tiles have tongue and groove edges that lock them together. These floors are never secured directly to the sub floor, making installation possible almost anywhere.

Wear layer

Providing an incredibly hard and durable finish to the laminate surface is a clear coating of resin that encapsulates the decorative layer beneath. Some laminates come in a range of sheens from high-gloss to satin and matt.

Decorative Layer

This element gives the floor its ‘real timber’ appearance. The premium laminates offer a high degree of definition and colour fidelity and may even be embossed with a genuine grain texture.

Locking Profile

An interlocking edge, precision machined along the lengths and ends of the laminate boards, it allows tight and accurate assembly throughout.

Core & Backing

Usually made from high-density fibreboard (HDF), and in thicknesses of between 7mm and 12mm the core provides stability and impact resistance. It is usually supported by  melamine backing beneath, to give it increased stability and moisture protection.

Underlay

A foam sheet installed over the sub-floor before the laminate floor is floated. The underlay usually provides thermal insulation and cushioning underfoot.

Moisture Membrane

This is a plastic sheet that lies beneath the foam underlay, the membrane prevents ground moisture from being absorbed by the laminate boards. A moisture membrane is also available as an integrated component with an underlay.

Which Style to Choose

There are three basic carpet construction types that are used to create different styles and textures and all have different features.

Caring for your Carpet

Take a look at our comprehensive guide to make that sure your carpet keeps its good looks for as long as possible.

We Use Quality Underlay

The surface on which your carpet is laid is just as important as the carpet itself. It is for this very reason that we stock the very best!