Laminate Flooring Buying Tips mo 1
Laminate flooring is one of the most popular types of flooring used in both homes and commercial properties today. Many people decide that laminate is the perfect choice of flooring for them, but often jump straight into the purchase without realising the different options that they have.
There are a number of questions you need to ask yourself when making a purchase of laminate flooring to help make the decision of what would be best for your home, family or property, including how much you have to spend, how much you need and what kind of flooring would work well for you.
Here are our five top pieces of advice that you need remember when you’re buying Laminate flooring
Did you know that there are five different levels of durability for laminate flooring? Most people don’t know that they should consider this. The scale for the durability of your floor is called the AC rating.
For rooms with very little foot traffic such as bedrooms and guest rooms, and AC1 or AC2 flooring throughout should be suitable, but for areas with higher foot traffic or more wear and tear, such as bedrooms and bathrooms, AC3 is what you should be looking at. AC4 is more suited to heavy traffic such as office environments where people are likely to be wearing shoes indoors on a daily basis, and AC5 is perfect for heavy commercial use in busy places such as department stores.
It’s important to take note of where you plan to install your laminate flooring, what existing furniture this space has and what the colour scheme or theme of the room will be. This will help make the decision on what flooring style or colour is best for you.
For example, a large open plan kitchen might work best with a light-coloured laminate with wide planks. A cosy living area however might benefit from narrow boards in a darker wood effect.
It’s always worth getting a sample of the different laminates before purchasing and laying them on the floor of the room. Often the tone of the laminate might appear slightly different under a certain light or against another colour.
Next up, you need to decide what your budget for laminate flooring is. Prices can vary a lot depending on the style and the durability, but it’s generally recommended to spend the most you can to get the best quality for your budget. Flooring is something you’re going to see every single day and will usually get a lot of wear, so spending that little amount extra can make all the difference in the long run.
Whether you’re fitting out a whole house, a large commercial property or just a single room, knowing what the square footage is in advance is of utmost importance. This will allow you to estimate an overall cost and will help you to figure out how much you need to buy.
It’s recommended to round off to the extra pack or to purchase an additional 10% of materials for wiggle room. Mistakes do happen and are common in laying flooring, for example, a plank or two may get damaged or you may have underestimated an awkward space. It may even be that the shade of one plank doesn’t work well next to one that’s already been laid. In this case, having the additional pieces will make sure that you’re not scrambling to buy more with a half-finished room. Even if you end up with extra pieces of laminate flooring at the end of your project, it’s useful to keep these as spares in case of accidents in future – spillages, breakages and unavoidable damage. There’s always the risk that your flooring may be discontinued in years to come, so having back up planks will ensure you’re prepared just in case.
Before buying, make the decision on how you plan to install your laminate flooring: are you going to do it yourself or hire someone else to do it? If you have little to no experience with installing flooring, it can still be done but you might not want to buy anything with narrow planks or tricky patterns that may need matching. Whether you install the flooring yourself or get a professional to do it can make a big difference in what kind of flooring you buy.