What is Laminate Flooring?
is made up of different layers that are combined to create flooring planks with the effect of real wood, stone or tiles.
Types of Laminate Flooring
If you want to know what to look for when choosing laminate flooring, we’ve summarised everything in our guide below.
All our laminate floors are Underfloor Heating compatible
Jump to section:
Laminate Flooring Plank Effects
The construction, size and arrangement of your planks will alter the appearance of your room significantly.
Below we’ve explained the different plank effects you can select from:
Most of our laminate flooring is made in the form of single or one strip planks. This means that each floorboard is manufactured to look like a single plank of wood. This laminate flooring effect provides a beautiful natural look and will work better in larger rooms.
Another advantage of laminate flooring is that it’s also available in square or rectangular shapes to resemble ceramic or stone effect tiles. This means you can achieve a sleek tiled look without the coldness of the real thing. Laminate flooring is also much easier to fit and maintain than authentic tiles.
Laminate Flooring Textures
As well as choosing the look you want for your floor, you also have the option of different textures.
If you’re looking for a traditional feel, then textured laminate flooring is the way to go. This style of floor looks so natural that it can be indistinguishable from the real thing. You can choose from a variety of texture designs, all with wood or stone grain visible. These are a great option if you have a busy household with pets, as the texture in the flooring doesn’t show dust and dirt as much as a glossy alternative.
Smooth laminate flooring is often described as a ‘satin finish’. This style has no wood grain effect, and features a sheen which resembles a layer of varnish that you would associate with hardwood. It offers a soft and subtle look, while being easy to clean.
High gloss laminate flooring is glossy, shiny and reflective. This type of laminate is smooth and has no texture, indents or ridges, giving your home a polished, modern feel. It does require regular cleaning to keep it looking its best, but its beauty makes it worth the effort.
Laminate Flooring Edge Profiles
When choosing how to finish laminate flooring edges, you have a couple of options:
A square edged board means that each plank fits together precisely to create a smooth and orderly covering with no visible spaces.
Bevelled edges create a groove between each of your laminate flooring planks for a more natural floorboard look. They also do a great job of hiding any gaps that develop between your boards over time.