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Laminate flooring – the Cheshire homeowner’s first choice?

The are many reasons why laminate flooring is a good idea if you want to provide the look of natural wood in your Cheshire rooms at an affordable price.

Cost

One main benefit of installing laminate flooring in Cheshire is the cost compared to other types of flooring. If you like the look of natural wood, laminate flooring creates the look without the high cost of engineered or solid wood. Good quality laminates cost more initially, but will should last longer than cheap laminate flooring, making them better long-term value.

Laminates are installed using a click-together system that makes them easy and quick to install without needing glue. Planks are easy to cut to size, which keeps laminate installation costs low.

Solid wood floors can add value to a Cheshire home in the region of 1% to 10%. Good quality laminate floors can make property attractive to buyers, but won’t add value to the home in the same way.

Maintenance

Laminate flooring is stain resistant and keeping it clean is relatively easy. Any loose dirt can be simply vacuumed or swept with a brush. Regular cleaning with a lightly damp mop and laminate cleaning solution is recommended.

It’s a good idea to order a few extra laminate planks. That way, if a section of the floor gets damaged, it can be replaced by new planks.

Damp

Moisture is an issue in Cheshire because of the large annual rainfall. If solid wood gets wet it can warp, so it is not recommended for high-moisture areas like bathrooms. Laminate flooring is more water resistant provided the floor has been installed correctly with no gaps between the planks for water to penetrate

Durability

Good quality laminate flooring will last a long time and many manufacturers provide an extended guarantee for their floor coverings. Laminate floors will not usually last as long as solid wood floors, which can be sanded to restore them.

Laminate flooring has a transparent top layer that protects the floor from wear.

Looks

Quality laminate flooring looks like wood. Some types have embossed printing that creates a raised wood grain effect that feels like real wood. Though realistic, laminates do not have the luxury natural look and feel of solid wood, but for many people, the realistic wood look of laminate floors is good enough. Laminates also come in designs that resemble stone.

Safety

Laminate floors are smooth and can be slippery. Some manufacturers have developed slip-resistant laminate flooring, which is recommended for use in homes where elderly people live.

Laminate, like all wood products, contains formaldehyde. However, this chemical is locked into the laminate material and is not released into the air, making laminate flooring safe.

The environment

Laminate is made from wood chips, sawdust and other wood products, so it is not necessary to deplete natural resources to make it. Most floors can be installed without using glues that contain harmful chemicals. At the end of the floor’s lifetime, the laminate can be recycled.

If you want the look of natural wood without the price tag, premium quality laminate flooring is a great choice.

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