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Laminate flooring is essentially a photograph of wood mounted on an MDF layer, and with a tough wear layer attached to the surface.
Laminate flooring is designed to mimic a real wood floor. It has an extremely tough wear layer, has planks that click together and is laid over a sound absorbing underlay.
Laminate flooring is generally cheaper than a real wood floor, and is also tougher as it has a built in wear layer. Being a thinner product it is also easy to cut and therefore fit.
Laminate flooring comes in packs. Therefore accurate measuring and planning is vital to ensure minimal wastage. The sub-floor should also be flat, smooth and dry. Laminate should never be fitted in rooms where water is present as it can seep into the joints and cause unsightly swelling.
Whilst Laminate flooring can be treated as a DIY product, to ensure longevity and a high quality finish, professional installation is recommended. This will ensure the joints are tight, the edging is neat and well applied, and the laminate is level and flat.
Laminate is easy to maintain using a dry micro-fibre cloth or mop as required. If care is taken a Vacuum attachment can be used to suck up any dust and small debris. Water should NEVER be used to clean laminate, as it can seep into the joints and cause unsightly swelling.