Natural laminate flooring looks just as good as solid wood but costs a fraction of the price. If you’re looking for a cost-effective and contemporary alternative to hard wood then take a look at our guide to natural laminate flooring.
Laminate flooring is an incredibly versatile, durable and attractive material that can be used in every room in the home. Take a look below to find out everything you need to know, including:
1. Types of natural laminate flooring
2. Choosing laminate flooring
3. How to care for natural effect laminate flooring
4. Safety advice
1. What types of natural laminate flooring are there?
Wood Effect Laminate Flooring
Wood effect laminate flooring is designed to look like natural hardwood and is available in a huge range of finishes including a painted effect and several types of light and dark wood.
Tile Effect Laminate Flooring
Tile effect laminate flooring makes a great alternative to cold, hard tiles in bathrooms and kitchens and can be fitted over underfloor heating. You’ll find a range of tile effect laminate flooring designs to choose from.
2. Which laminate flooring finish should I buy?
Not sure which laminate flooring finish is for you? Then read on to find out more.
What types of laminate wood flooring are there?
There are various types of natural finish laminate flooring to choose from which are designed to look like tile or wood or come with their own unique pattern or finish.
Some common laminate choices include:
- Stone effect
What is slate laminate flooring?
Slate laminate flooring is designed to look like natural slate but is much softer, warmer and easier to walk on. Grey slate has long been a traditional material for kitchen floors.
What is stone laminate flooring?
You can find a variety of laminate flooring designed to look like different kinds of stone that will work well in a kitchen, bathroom, conservatory or utility room.
Is wood effect laminate flooring realistic?
A high quality wood effect floor can be practically indistinguishable from the real thing and even come complete with an authentic looking grain. Laminate flooring is available in many different forms, with varying levels of quality, so you can pick the most realistic looking option for your home.
What wood effect laminate colours are there?
You can find wood effect laminate in every colour under the sun from a natural finish to a bolder colour. If you prefer natural wood then you’ll find laminate designed to look like oak, beech, mahogany, teak and virtually any other wood you can think of. Alternatively, you can pick a laminate that looks like painted wood to tie in with your current interior decor.
Should I use laminate flooring in the kitchen or bathroom?
It is possible to use laminate flooring in a kitchen or bathroom providing you pick flooring that’s been specially designed for the purpose, and which is moisture proof.
Bathrooms and kitchens are subject to extreme changes in humidity and temperature which could cause an ordinary floor to warp. it is especially important that laminate is correctly installed in these areas, following the necessary precautions.
3. How do you care for natural looking laminate flooring?
Laminate flooring is easy to care for, but make sure to get rid of dust and debris with a broom or vacuum cleaner so the floor doesn’t scratch. Use a damp mop or a ‘Swiffer’ to give the floor a thorough clean. Make sure the floor is damp but not dripping wet.
Make sure any floor cleaner you use is suitable for use on laminate flooring and don’t use anything harsh or abrasive on your floor.
Alternatively, you can keep your floors clean by wiping them with an anti-bacterial floor wipe every few days to remove dirt and dust.
4. Safety Advice
Laminate floors can become slippery so always keep your family out of the way when you’re cleaning. Clean any greasy spills immediately and attend to any other spills as quickly as you can. Don’t use wax or polish on laminate flooring as it can leave a greasy residue and cause damage.
If you have rugs or runners on your laminate floor then use a rug or runner grip underneath to eliminate the risk of your rugs slipping or sliding when people walk on them.
View our natural laminate flooring now or order some free samples to test them against your room decor.