Laminate Flooring

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Do you dream of an exquisite floor? Are you inspired by beauty and seek exceptional quality with practical appeal? Then Laminate Flooring is the answer to your dreams.

With laminate flooring you can have a floor that compliments the interior design chic of tomorrow: ready to install in your home today.

Laminate flooring can be installed by you with the minimum of fuss and effort. Many of the laminate flooring systems available today simply "click" together, that means no glue, no fuss, no mess and if you move house and want to keep the same look and ambience then simply take up your laminate flooring and install it in your new home.

With so many different types of laminate flooring available you can make designing your rooms fun by choosing different styles of laminate for each room.

Laminate flooring is hardwearing and durable and very easy to maintain, any spills are easily wiped up and you would never even know they happened.

Many ranges of laminate flooring and UV fade resistant ensuring you get no patches if you decide to move a table or rug.

There is also laminate flooring available that is water resistant making it ideal for kitchens or bathrooms.

Laminate flooring is made up of several different layers. You will normally find four layers: counterbalance, high density fibreboard, the decorative layer and the overlay that makes it more hardwearing than real wood floors.

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Laying your laminate flooring could not be easier!

There are a few tools that will come in handy like a pair of scissors or a knife, try square, pencil. ruler, dust mask, hardpoint handsaw or jigsaw with a laminate blade, fitting wedges and trim cutters.

Below is a step by step guide to laying "click" style laminate flooring.

1. Lay the laminate boards lengthways towards the light source. Use fitting wedges at intervals between the laminating board and skirting. You should leave a 10mm gap between your laminate flooring and the skirting for expansion. Lay the first laminate board in a left hand corner, the end with the short tongue against the wall. Lay the next laminate board end on, placing the short tongue of the second laminate board into the long tongue of the first laminate board at a 30 degree angle. Lower the board and lock it into place. Lay more laminate boards in the same way until you reach the end of the row, where you will probably have to cut a laminate board to make it fit. If the cut off piece is 300mm-900mm use it to start the next row, otherwise halve a new laminate board, as the joined should be staggered.

2. To start the next row, angle the cut laminate board against the laminate board in the previous row, cut end next to the skirting wedge. Press forward and fold down at the same time to lock its long side. Place the short end of the next board at an angle against the previous board and fold down. making sure the laminate board is on the locking strip in the previous row. Angle the laminating boards by 30 degrees and push them against the row in front. When the boards are tightly together, push them down. Continue to lay the laminating boards in this way row by row.

3.For the last row, place a laminate board on top of the second last row and place a third laminate board on top with the tongue touching the skirting and use the edge to mark the cutting line on the board beneath. Cut the board and ease it into position, Remove the wedges.

4. Once the flooring is laid cover the edge around the edge or the room with flooring trim or laminate skirting. The trim or laminate skirting should be fixed to the original skirting -NOT to the floor- with adhesive. Use trim cutters that cut the trim in a straight line or at an angle to fit in the corner.

When buying your laminate flooring don't forget to buy the accessories that make the finishing touches to your perfect floor.

You will need underlay , there are many different types and depending on where you are laying your laminate flooring you will need to get the type to suit the conditions.

There is also a damp proof membrane available to ensure that no damp gets through to your laminate flooring.

A stunning floor deserves a stunning finish, so choose your laminate trims that guarantee a seamless transition from floor to wall.

When your laminate flooring stops and the flooring of another room start there are door bars that can be used to gracefully take you through into the next room.

And for the perfectionist there are pipe covers that hide the expansion cap around your pipes.

All in all laminate flooring is the most hardwearing durable and hassle free type of flooring available. And with so many styles to choose from there is something for everyone.

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