So you are considering a laminate flooring installation! You have started to research (we hope) the impressive benefits of laminate flooring: what it costs, and where you can buy it, as well as looked into what is involved in the installation. You will want a quality finish and for this laminate installation to be money well spent, correct?
Laminate flooring is a wonderfully versatile choice which offers the look, feel, and sound of a real hardwood floor, but at a fraction of the cost. It is, in many cases, far more durable than the real deal. Plus, it can be installed in areas where real hardwood floors cannot.
The product is made from a synthetic wood material and has a resin core which is topped with a photographic applique (this is how it can masterfully replicate hardwood and other natural surfaces). It is by far the most popular residential flooring today.
Laminate flooring is easy to maintain, hygienic, and environmentally friendly, and it is available in a wide range of patterns and textures from the world’s leading brands.
But where do you start?
There are so many choices with laminate flooring today, it may become a bit overwhelming. What style will be most suitable for the area in which you want the laminate installation?
Research is good, but what is even better is to approach a reputable flooring company, such as FloorTrader, a division of Top Carpets & Floors – the largest flooring company in South Africa. You can be assured of expert advice and service – from choosing the right product for your laminate installation, right through to the seamless and quick installation of your laminate flooring.
FloorTrader recommends you always ask about and look closely at these three factors:
- The grade: Laminate is graded for quality. Some of the higher grades will be pricier, but bear in mind that the quality will be exceptional. A professional sales person can take you through the various grades of the laminates, how the quality contributes to the laminate installation, and the overall look and feel of the installation. There are companies of ill repute out there, and the last thing you want is buyer’s remorse – stick with a company that knows laminates and laminate installations.
- Ask to look at samples: A professional flooring company, such as FloorTrader, will readily have samples on hand, and will even invite you to view sites where the same laminate has been installed, to give you a holistic view of the end result. This is particularly helpful for larger installations, such as at business premises or retail stores. A good installation will not show any unevenness. There should be no gaps and the floorboards should be locked together seamlessly to create a beautiful surface.
- Green is good: Ask about the flooring’s environmental footprint, and make sure the company you are dealing with follows a good green code of ethics in its own business and with its suppliers.
Be assured of quality, from start to finish, when you choose FloorTrader for your laminate flooring installation. Contact us today.