Laminate Flooring or Floating Floors have increased in popularity due to the low cost and significant improvements in the quality of prints. Digital improvements have seen laminate flooring that looks like real timber. The ease and simplicity of the locking systems have improved thus allowing for timely installs.
Some high quality laminate floors have texture in the surface, just like in a real timber floor, thus giving it natural characteristics of a natural timber floor.
Laminate flooring still requires the use of a quality underlay. Quite simply the better the underlay the better the feel under the foot. Some of the low costing underlays (plastic or foam) do not have the density to add comfort or cushion for impact of normal traffic. The result of that is that click – clack when you walk on it. The higher end underlays, thick and dense, minimise the click-clack and are soft.
Commercial or retail outlets have benefited from this low cost alternative to natural timber, primarily due to the fact it can be changed quite easily if the business changes, there is no long term commitment.
What to expect with laminate floors
Floating floors have primarily been a lower level flooring product due to the fact staircases have posed a manufactures issue of nosing. Staircase nosing have not been available until recent times and are limited to certain product lines. The other issue is, that the flooring product has to be adhered to concrete for stability and safety reasons.
Due to procedure and process, practice of having to leave a 10mm gap from surrounds and not being fixed to concrete surface means that the floor will move around due to changes in temp – humidity. Movement is normal and should be expected. Floating floors that are fitted too tight can be drummy at a certain point in a particular season.
To finish off the floating floor scotia is available. Scotia is very similar to bead, however it’s a paper product with the same or similar picture as the floor. The film coating or picture is very thin. The scotia is pinned to the floor or can be pinned to the skirting if this is the case. The scotia will move in some cases as the floor moves if the scotia is pinned to floor. Depending on the floating floor product, natural timber bead can be installed.
For the best results a floating floor should be installed first, then skirting attached to wall and scotia or bead installed where required, minimising the scotia.
Cleaning laminate flooring
Care should be taking when cleaning the floating floor in particular damp or wet mops. Extremely damp or wet mops will cause the floating floor to expand and contract as it dampness dries. In relation to scotia, due to mitre cuts and thin film coating of the picture, scotia mitres can expand to where it is quite noticeable. Care should be taken when cleaning.
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Floating or Laminate floors are readily available through many types of outlets and some manufactures produce a better product than others, Westech Flooring can recommend quality suppliers at an affordable price and install the product to a very high standard.