Are you looking for the perfect laminate flooring, but you’re not sure where to start?
Having recently bought and laid laminate flooring in my living room and bathroom I was in this position only a few months ago. After a lot of research and many trips to DIY stores to try and find the perfect product I found the laminate that I really liked and also learnt a lot along the way. I thought I would share some tips and tricks for those looking to find the perfect laminate flooring for your home. They are things I would have found useful when looking so hopefully they will help.
Here are some points to consider when looking for the perfect laminate flooring:
Which room will you be laying the flooring in?
You might not think this is important, I didn’t. But, if you want to lay laminate flooring in an area of your home which might have to deal with a lot of moisture/heat and humidity, such as the bathroom or kitchen you will have to make sure you buy laminate which is suitable for those areas. You will also have to ensure you buy suitable laminate for areas of the home that will get heavy traffic. If you don’t take the above into consideration before laying your laminate, you might find you have to replace it sooner than you would expect. This will only cost you more money in the long run.
Choosing the perfect laminate colour
This is down to personal preference, and might be easy to make a decision if you already have furniture which is dark or light. However, if you’re stuck on finding the perfect colour, like I was, then consider the following. How big is the room? If your room is small, or doesn’t let in a lot of light you might want to consider a light coloured flooring to keep the room as bright and airy as possible. Will the floor get dirty quickly? If you have children or pets who enjoy playing in the garden etc, you might want to consider a dark coloured floor to keep marks to a minimum.
Consider the cost
Laminate flooring is a considerably more practical and cost effective option than installing solid wood flooring or similar. Nevertheless, do consider other costs that may pop up, such as underlay, edging and installation. It is certainly worth enlisting the help of a professional to carry out the installation – not only will you benefit from a higher quality look but it will likely save you money in the long run.
If you have any doubts, it’s always worth calling one of your local shops; for example, Hudson Flooring in Sevenoaks supply a whole range of laminate flooring and are always on hand to offer useful advice. You can also contact the manufacturers directly but bear in mind that these are much larger companies so you are less likely to get a helpful response. Although there are various factors to consider, ultimately it is a personal choice and you need to go with the option that feels right for your home.