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Eight laminate flooring facts every Liverpool resident should know

Laminate flooring is a popular choice in Liverpool, but how much do you know about it? Here are eight facts that might ‘floor’ you:

1. Laminate flooring developed from melamine laminate worktops

The origins of laminate flooring trace back to 1980s Scandinavia, where it developed as a progression of melamine laminate worktops, with the new floors using a reinforced laminate that was 10 times tougher. With a lower cost and easier installation than traditional wood flooring, it soon became a big hit among householders.

2. The pattern of laminate floor is printed

While a laminate floor can look just like wood or stone, the pattern you see is actually printed. Some laminate floors feature the two-dimensional look of a well-sanded wood floor, but others employ a 3-D printing process to create a realistic texture that is then coated with aluminium oxide to protect it from damage.

3. Laminate flooring is a great option for people with allergies

The fibres in carpet can harbour dust, dander and mites that can cause problems for those with allergies. Laminate flooring, on the other hand, doesn’t hold onto these sources of allergens, so they can be easily swept or vacuumed away.

4. Some laminates can be used in bathrooms

You may have heard that laminate flooring cannot be used in bathrooms and other areas where water spillages are likely, because water can seep into the core of laminate flooring and cause warping over time. However, some recent laminates, such as the 100% waterproof range of flooring from Aqua-Step have overcome this limitation and given the householders and businesses of Liverpool the option of using laminate flooring in almost any room.

5. Laminate flooring is surprisingly hard

The high-density fibre at the core of laminate floor planks is tougher than you might think, and compares well to real hardwood when it comes to resisting dents and gouges.

6. Not all laminate flooring is the same

Aside from the price and appearance, laminate floors can vary in quality. The better quality laminate floors will better resemble real wood and usually have thicker wear layers for a longer usable lifetime. They also have superior clicking systems that minimise gaps and offer greater resistance to water.

7. Laminate can be installed over most floors

Another reason for the popularity of laminate flooring is how it can be installed on concrete or wood subfloors. As a floating floor, laminate can also be installed over many existing surfaces; for example, if you own one of Liverpool’s older properties, you may have stone or tile floors that may not be to your taste, but which you are loathe to remove completely. Laminate flooring can cover these up to give a new look without requiring nails or glues that may damage the existing floor.

8. Style doesn’t need to break the bank with laminate flooring

While real wood floors can require an expensive hardwood to get a particular look, you can choose from a range of laminate styles all within the same price bracket. The way laminate is produced means that different textures, styles and colours don’t require radically different materials or processes, so production costs are usually consistent.

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