Wood flooring and skirting board

Underlay for Wood, Laminate and Other Hard Flooring

Do I need underlay? Which underlay should I use? Is there a difference between wood flooring underlay and laminate flooring underlay? We’re here to answer these questions, and explain the importance of new underlay should you need it. 

 

When creating your dream home, it takes a lot of deliberation. Flooring, as well as which accessories to use, bear no exception. 

 

We know there’s one subject that has potential to cause confusion: underlay.  To make your decision easier, this post covers all you need to know about flooring underlay. 

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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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