Have you decided it’s time to swap your dated floors for something new and improved?
Unfortunately, not all flooring options are suitable for every room in the house. Take high traffic areas, such as the entrance, the path from the kitchen to the lounge, and the hallways between bedrooms, for instance.
These require hardwearing floors that will stand the test of time. And that’s where laminate flooring comes in.
Laminate flooring – a sound solution for high traffic areas
Laminate flooring mimics real wood flooring with a photographic layer visible beneath a clear protective layer.
Unlike other alternatives, it’s simple to maintain and doesn’t scratch, stain or dent easily. It enhances underfoot comfort and offers sound and thermal insulation too – making it perfect for those areas that receive lots of foot traffic every day.
When it comes to laminate flooring, the options are limitless in terms of colours and patterns. Although that means you should have no issue finding something that complements the décor in your rooms, you want to be confident that it will maintain its stunning authentic look for years to come.
To help you make an informed decision, here are four factors you need to consider:
First and foremost, you need to think about how much you’re willing to spend on laminate flooring. Setting a realistic budget, and assessing all your options before rushing into anything, will prevent you from overspending and allow you to get the most value for your money.
You’ll need to work out how much laminate you need (whether you’re just replacing the floors in one high traffic area or all of them). So, if you haven’t done so already, grab your tape measure and get measuring!
Of course, the more laminate you need, the more you can expect to pay. But it’s always better to have a little extra than not enough.
- AC rating
Much like hardwood floors have a ‘Janka’ rating that indicates how much resistance they provide against damage, laminate floors have an AC rating.
Measured on a scale from 1 to 5, this shows how resistant the laminate is to general wear and tear – with 5 being the toughest and suitable for commercial environments and 1 being the least durable.
Therefore, when installing laminate flooring in the high traffic areas of your home, it’s a good idea to opt for a product with an AC rating of at least 3 – but the higher, the better.
As you’d expect, the thicker the board, the more it will cost you. However, thicker laminate flooring will provide a similar underfoot feeling to solid wood floors, is straightforward to install, and can improve the acoustics. It’s also favourable if the subfloor in high traffic areas is slightly uneven.
So, providing your budget allows, it’s well worth splurging on a thicker product for busy areas in the home.
Underlay is not an optional extra. It’s an essential ingredient that will shape how your laminate floors look, feel, and wear – especially in high traffic areas.
A carefully selected laminate flooring underlay will protect your flooring from moisture damage and improve the acoustics – preventing the transfer of unwanted sound. More importantly, it can prolong the lifespan of your floors by a whopping 50%, meaning you won’t have to worry about repairs or replacements for several years.
Keep these four points in mind when installing laminate floors in the busiest areas of your home and you’ll be able to enjoy them for years to come.
And if you need to buy laminate underlay for your new flooring, be sure to visit Carpet Underlay Shop. They guarantee some of the most competitive prices per m² and stock leading brands, such as Cloud 9, Duralay, Envoy, Novostrat, and Royale, to name just a few.