Laminate flooring is a completely synthetic flooring option that comes in a variety of effects and finishes. It is durable and stain resistant. Laminate are available in different thickness & are suitable for use with underfloor heating.
Laminate Flooring is suitable for almost all applications, especially high traffic areas. Laminate is hard flooring that is easy maintained & very hygienic. It is durable and stain resistant. This would be your best options if you or anyone at home has allergies.
Laminate flooring is made from four layers:
• Counter balance backing - for stability
• high density fibreboard (HDF) with wood certified by the FSC or PEFC
• paper with your chosen decoration effect on it
• clear, protective top layer
When choosing your laminate flooring, be sure to check its abrasion class rating, commonly shortened to its AC rating. This scale system ranks how well the laminate withstands a set of abrasion tests, including resistance to stains, impacts, burns and swelling under moisture. The rankings start at AC1 moving up to AC6, and the higher the rating, the more durable the laminate.
Our laminates have a rating of AC5. This means that they're all suitable for heavy domestic use and so can be used in any room of the house. AC4 and AC5-rated floors are also suitable for commercial use, such as offices.
Newer iterations of laminate flooring not only look even more like wood but feel like it, due to deeper embossing of wood grain textures. Thicker premium 12mm laminates, too, have convinced higher-end buyers to try the product.
When laying a laminate, don't forget to add an underlay. Laminate floors are not attached directly to the floor so they will probably need an underlay in order to get the best finished result. A good quality underlay can also improve acoustics and insulation.
Foam, fibreboard, polystyrene and sponge rubber underlays can all be used underneath laminate flooring.
Semi Solid Timber Flooring
Semi Solid/Engineered flooring has a layer of real wood on top of an engineered base. It gives the effect of a solid wood floor whilst the engineered base layer provides resistance to heat and moisture changes in your room.
Depending on how thick the real wood top layer is, this floor type can be sanded down and stained in the same way that solid wood flooring can.
Semi solid timber flooring offers the look & feel of solid wood but is better suited to changes in heat & humidity than solid wood flooring. Ranging in thickness, the layered construction of this flooring makes it hard-wearing and durable. And it can be sanded and re-lacquered a few times so that you can help extend the life of your flooring.
• a strengthening bottom layer - this adds stability
• a soft wood or HDF middle layer
• a solid wood top - this top layer is made from a single piece of wood so it looks like solid wood once laid
Engineered wood flooring is more closely aligned to solid hardwood than laminate because it does incorporate a thin veneer of natural wood on top of plywood. Because plywood's layers run perpendicular to each other, it is more dimensionally stable than solid wood
Solid Timber Flooring
For a timeless look that improves and develops with age, choose one of our solid wood floors. Solid wood, as the name suggests, is made from solid planks of wood.
This type of flooring can be sanded down, stained or painted to suit your style.
As this is a totally natural product, you’ll see variations in colour in the planks and so we recommend mixing them up before laying them. This ensures that you end up with an attractive look before you secure the floor.
Solid Timber flooring gives your home a rich, traditional appearance. Other flooring material may look worn and tired over time, but solid floors get more beautiful with age. High quality solid flooring is tough, hard-wearing & can withstand heavy foot traffic and last for generations. If you want to update your hardwood floors, they can be refinished rather than replaced.
It requires more maintenance than other floor types but will last a long time and look fantastic.
For a timeless look that improves and develops with age, choose one of our solid wood floors.
As laminate and wood floors aren't attached directly to the floor, they will probably need an underlay in order to get the best finished result. A good quality underlay can also improve acoustics and insulation.
Foam, fibreboard, polystyrene and sponge rubber underlays can all be used underneath laminate and wood flooring.
Cleaning & Maintenance
Brush or vacuum it to prevent a build up of dirt and grime that causes discolouration
To keep wooden floors in good shape we stock a range of products making it easy to maintain and clean the floor on a daily basis. Wash with the floor cleaner recommended by the manufacture but don’t put too much fluid on it. Clean up any spills immediately. If water soaks into a laminate core it will swell, causing the edges of the board to rise.
Wooden flooring cleaning products are designed for heavy traffic areas such as retail, restaurants and other commercial locations. They are very easy to use, so perfect for residential areas as well.
Protect your flooring; be careful not to damage the surface by dragging heavy furniture across it. Use felt protector pads on the feet of furniture to minimise damage. Cover up your flooring in areas that are subject to extra-heavy wear and tear for example use a doormat to protect your floors from grit & grime. Pressure from high heels can cause indentations on flooring, ask people wearing high heels to remove their shoes to avoid damage to your flooring.
The colour of timber flooring can change when it is exposed to sunlight; avoid placing rugs on floors in front of windows.