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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN CHOOSING THE RIGHT LAMINATE FLOORING

Laminate flooring can emulate almost any surface, from stone to ceramic tile and, of course, wood. If you’re thinking of laminate, it is important to know what your options are and which one is right for you.

Before choosing laminate flooring for your home, consider style and colour scheme preferences. Laminate flooring comes in many different sizes and variations. Tiles are great for kitchens. If you’re covering a long room, an extra long plank will work best aesthetically. Standard planks are 120cm, but if it’s an extra long plank you need, these are available up to 2m.

People assume that thickness is an indicator of quality, but it’s not necessarily the case. With a 12mm laminate (12mm refers to the thickness of plank) you’re getting more material but that doesn’t mean it’s right for you. 12mm is great for commercial use, but there’s no need to pay the extra money for domestic use, in most cases it’s just not required. Other options are 7mm, 8mm and 10mm, but board thickness has no bearing on how well your laminate floor will hold up. 7mm is a popular choice because it tends to provide good quality at a good price.

Focusing on materials and methods that are used to manufacture the product is a good way to choose. You should also consider the embossing that will add to a long wearing and beautiful floor. Laminates come in a variety of finishes, from matt, silk and frosted. Make sure you understand the difference and are buying the finish you want.

Laminates can go virtually anywhere in a home or office. Yet this doesn’€™t mean that it can go everywhere. If your space is an area of moisture like a laundry room or a bathroom, you will need a specialist plank designed with this in mind. Tile laminate is good for kitchens and these days you can even get stairs laminated.

Something often overlooked until it’s too late is what to do about the skirting boards. There are options and it will effect the final appearance of your room. If you are considering replacing the skirting boards, the old ones should be taken up before the new laminate is put down.  If you want to keep the existing skirting board, laminate can still be laid underneath with specialist tools that shave a little off the bottom if necessary. Or, you can get matching edging.

Ultimately the choice is yours, but it’s always wise to seek the advice of a professional to fully understand the different laminates available. At RJP Floorworks we pride ourselves on our customer service and we’re happy to have a chat with you before you buy to make sure you get the right laminate.

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ROOM SIZE

Choosing the right colour of your floor is a very important choice as this will have a big impact on the feeling of space for that room. Darker flooring like the darker oak ranges tend to make large rooms seem smaller but cosier. Smaller rooms often need lighter natural flooring ranges like light oaks or light grey’s which can make a room look larger creating a larger sense of space.

ROOM LIGHTING

During the day the lighting in your room changes. Viewing colour samples under artificial light will give you a different impression than during natural daylight. Light colours will give a dark room a sunnier feel. In brighter lighter rooms with plenty of natural light; a darker floor colour can add a more dramatic feel.