The various spaces within your home or even business, make the perfect canvases from which you can decorate and furnish, including your walls and floors. While floors might not be the first thing you notice when you enter a room, you will easily spot flooring that is old, damaged and unsightly. The flooring option you select will significantly influence the ambience and aesthetic of the room and ensuring that you invest in a quality product for this function is essential. With floors, as we all know, there are several options. Hardwood planks and tiles are the most expensive, and, once they are damaged, they can be costly to repair. Many homeowners, therefore, opt for more cost-friendly options, such as luxury vinyl tiles and wood laminate flooring, but finding the best option to suit your needs can be challenging.
Thankfully, the team at Top Carpets and Floors have decades of experience in the industry and can help you find a range that will not only suit your sense of style but your budget and lifestyle needs too. While there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to determining what is the best laminate flooring product currently on the market, there are a few guidelines that will aid you in making the right decision when it comes to your individual laminate flooring requirements.
Understanding Factors that Influence Quality
As is the principle with most products, not all wood laminates are created equal. Purchasing the cheapest option you can find is generally never a wise idea, as you will be compromising on many benefits that would have lengthened the lifespan of your installation. An important consideration, regardless of price, is the strength and durability of the product. The thickness of the individual planks is a major contributing factor here. The thicker the planks and wear layer, the more tough and sturdy your installation will be. Heavy-duty wood laminates, for example, are incredibly thick and hardwearing as they are designed for commercial use.
Knowing Your Goals for Your Space
Aesthetic appeal is another important consideration for anyone seeking the best laminate flooring on the market. An affordable, high-quality product that does not look seamlessly sophisticated will not do your home any favours. Before shopping for the best your favourite suppliers have to offer, consider the space in which you wish to install your laminate flooring. Smaller rooms, for example, can look larger and more spacious with lighter shades and wider planks. Some homeowners are seeking a warmer, cosier feel and will opt for a product that emulates the depth and classic style of wood beautifully. With your goals for your room in mind, you can significantly narrow down your search.
Keeping Traffic in Mind
Where you wish to install your laminate flooring is another factor that will help you pick out the best solution. For example, an area that often sees dirt tracked in by children or pets would benefit from a darker, wear-resistant product that does not easily look dirty. People prone to allergies who spend lots of time in a certain room, on the other hand, may want to consider lighter coloured planks that easily show when dust, animal fur and debris accumulate. High traffic areas, such as the living room or natural walkways, also take the most beating, so it is vital to never compromise on quality in these spots.
Considering the Warranty and Conditions of the Product
The best thing you can do for your home is to invest in a superior laminate flooring product on the higher end of your budget. Skimping on certain perks today may not seem like an issue, but a few months or years down the line you might wish you had purchased a better product. Then, take a look at the warranty on the product you select, as it will give you a clear indication of the kind of performance you can expect. Here at Top Carpets and Floors, we offer our customers a two-year domestic installation guarantee, subject to the correct maintenance, treatment and upkeep of the installed product. It is this guarantee that lets our customers know they can trust us when it comes to impeccable services and reliable laminate flooring solutions.
Why Cost is Never Clear-cut
Many homeowners want a quick and concise answer about what their selected products and installation will cost. Having this value in mind would certainly make choosing the best product much easier, but there are several aspects involved when it comes to pricing an installation correctly, including:
- The size of the room (as well as the size of the planks and box sizes)
- What conditioning the substrate requires, such as self-levelling screeds, moisture barriers and removing the existing flooring
- The type of underlay installed
- Factors that influence the amount of labour required, such as moving furniture or working in buildings with flights of stairs
- Additional transport costs for more remote areas
The best way to determine the cost of such an installation, then, is to have an experienced Top Carpets and Floors consultant come out to provide a more accurate quote.