Laminate Flooring

Everething to know about Laminate Flooring

At Clarke’s of Bailieborough, we offer an extensive collection of quality and affordable laminate flooring. As stockists of superior laminate flooring brands Floorpan, Kronopol and Kronotex, our selection of laminate flooring offers a broad variety of wood effects, thicknesses and finishes which deliver an impressive likeness to genuine wood. Whether you’re seeking a contemporary style or a more classic choice, with our collection of laminate flooring you’re sure to discover the floor that matches your style. Searching for the snug Scandi style of silver-grey timber or the rustic embrace of textured oak?  Our impressive range of wood flooring has the perfect laminate floor for your home.  Durable, affordable, realistic and easy to install, laminate flooring is the practical choice for the modern home, delivering the cosy aesthetic of real wood flooring without the hefty price tag. Find your floor at Clarke’s of Bailieborough!

What is laminate flooring?

Laminate flooring is a synthetic floor covering designed to look like real wood flooring.  Laminate flooring is made using numerous layers of materials compressed together, which are ultimately fused using a transparent protective layer. Just beneath the clear protective coating is a decorative image of a wood design. Laminate flooring is a great alternative to a real wooden floor and the advances in creating hyper-realistic wood effects means that it can be very difficult to tell the difference between a good laminate floor and a real wood floor.

Laminate floor versus real wood floor

The main benefit of choosing laminate floor over a real wood floor is the cost, laminate flooring is significantly cheaper than a solid wood or an engineered wood floor. With laminate flooring, you get the aesthetic of real wood without the hefty price tag. And with so many wood styles, colours, patterns and effects to choose you’re sure to find a laminate floor that perfectly suits your space. The composition of laminate flooring and in particular its resin-based top layer means it is generally more resistant to scratches and UV rays than a real wood floor, meaning less fading, dents and scratches. And because laminate boards don’t swell and contract like their real wood counterparts, you don’t have to deal with unsightly cracks or gaps either.

What is an AC Rating?

Laminate flooring is given an AC Rating. This measures the material’s ability to resist wear and tear, stains, scratches, burns and fading. The ratings range from 1 to 5. Level 1 is recommended only for low traffic areas whereas an AC5 rated laminate is so durable it can be installed in a commercial setting. AC3 and AC4 rated laminates are ideal for residential use. When properly taken care of, laminate floors can last for 15 to 20 years, meaning they can out-last carpet and vinyl flooring in both commercial and domestic settings.

Thickness of laminate floor

Laminate flooring comes in a variety of thicknesses. In general, the thicker the laminate the more durable, noise-proof and more resistant to impact it will be. 

Is laminate flooring easy to install?

Laminate flooring is one of the easiest types of flooring to install yourself - it uses a click-lock mechanism which makes the entire installation process DIY friendly. 

Do I need underlay for my laminate floor?

To get the best performance and long-lasting durability from your laminate floor, underlay is essential. Underlay provides comfort, insulation and noise reduction. By evening out any imperfections in the subfloor, underlay helps to ensure the laminate is level and stable. This reduces pressure on the floor’s locking joints and also provides support, reducing damage over the lifespan of the floor.

Is laminate floor good for allergies?

Laminate floors are considered a better choice than carpet for those who have allergies to dust mites, mold and mildew. Laminate floors are easy to clean, making them a hygienic choice especially for those with allergies.

Is laminate flooring good for pets?

Laminate is a great choice for a home shared with pets because of its easy-to-clean, water-resistant qualities – accidents and muddy paw marks are easily mopped up and quality laminate floors will withstand most scratches caused by cats and dogs. It can be a good idea to choose a laminate flooring with a textured finish to give our four-pawed friends some grip.

Is laminate flooring suitable for wheelchairs and mobility aids?

Laminate flooring is an excellent choice for wheelchair users and those using mobility aids, providing ease-of-movement and smooth boundaries between rooms.

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