how to lay laminate flooring guide

How to Lay Laminate Flooring

Today we’re going to show you exactly how to lay laminate flooring.

There are many benefits to laminate flooring. Alongside a wide range of beautiful styles and high durability, it’s a much more cost-effective option to real wood.

A DIY installation may also save money on fitters fees. You have your dream flooring, and now it just needs fitting. If you’re fitting laminate flooring yourself, use this guide to walk through every step with expert advice along the way.

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Laminate AC Rating

What is Laminate AC Rating?

When shopping for laminate flooring, you may encounter a term referred to as a “laminate AC rating”. Meaning “abrasion class”, AC rating describes a floor’s durability against a number of key factors. The higher the AC rating, the more durable it is. Whilst laminate with a rating of AC1 is only suitable for areas with little footfall, the higher AC5-rated laminate floors are robust enough for use in commercial buildings, such as busy retail stores.

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How to Repair a Laminate Floor

How to Repair a Laminate Floor

Fitting a new floor can make all the difference to your interior design. Laminate flooring’s a popular choice for its ability to mimic the look and feel of real wood, whilst offering added durability. However, this doesn’t mean it’s indestructible. Accidents happen, and so does wearing over time. Thankfully, the process for repairing a laminate floor is straightforward.

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Engineered Wood or Laminate Flooring?

When it comes to choosing your new flooring, we’re well past the days of limited options. Roll back the years, and you’d only have different species of solid wood to choose from.

As technology has advanced, so has the composition of wood flooring. Furthermore, so has the variety of choice. Two popular, modern alternatives to solid wood are laminate and engineered wood flooring. But what’s the difference, and how do you choose between the two?

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Tongue and Groove vs Click Flooring

Tongue and Groove vs Click Wood Flooring

In amongst different variations of wood species, composition and design, there is another factor that those looking for a new Wood Flooring to consider; fitting mechanisms. Generally speaking, there are three main choices that fall into this category: tongue and groove, click, and solid blocks. As solid blocks are fairly self-explanatory, we’re going to put the spotlight on the remaining two. It’s tongue and groove versus click – who comes out on top?

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How to Fit Laminate Video

How to Fit Laminate Flooring: How-To Video

Laminate Flooring is proving an ever-more popular choice for homeowners and commercial property tenants. Considering the huge variation in designs, its long-lasting durability and a cost-effective price point, its rising popularity is certainly justified. There’s also one, often determining, factor that makes Laminate so appealing; how easy it is to install. Even novice DIY’ers can try their hand at laying their own flooring. That’s why we’ve put together the go-to-guide for anyone who’d like to fit their new Laminate Flooring themselves.

Read on to watch our how to fit laminate flooring video.

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Floating Floor Wood Flooring Installation

Flooring Fixing Methods – Part One: Floating Floors

There are a number of factors to consider when deciding on which flooring to purchase. While we typically base our decisions on aesthetics, practicality also holds significant importance. You could be torn between two choices for your kitchen flooring, whether to install yourself or find a flooring fitter to do the job for you. The latter depends on how comfortable you are with DIY, and which installation method your new flooring requires. There are three main flooring fixing methods: Floating Floors, Glue Down and Secret Nailing. To help you decide which is best for you, we’ve put together a series of guides. Each explains the uses of each specific fixing method, which flooring types are suitable, and the benefits and drawbacks of each one. In the first part on this series, we’re looking at Floating Floor installations.

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