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Most DIYers can lay laminate; all you need is a hand saw to cut the planks – the planks have a tongue and groove system – so simply snap together. Don’t make any of these easy avoidable mistakes:

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When checking the floor area to be covered, check for unevenness. If it is majorly uneven you will need to sort this out before purchasing your laminate. Installing on uneven ground will damage the locking system.


Laminate requires an underlay, which needs to be put down first. There are different types available depending on what floor base you are working on. A concrete base will need a vapour barrier underlay, which prevents any moisture coming up through the concrete.


It is important to keep the temperature and humidity of the room, as well as the laminate to be installed, at the same constant temperature. Laminate expands and shrinks and you could end up with buckling if the temperature is not maintained.

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Laminate flooring such as that from expands, so it important to leave an expansion gap around the perimeter of the room, around door jambs and pipes. If this is not done your floor may buckle.


Upon purchasing your flooring make sure that the planks all match in colour, style and pattern. The packs generally have a code number; make sure they are all the same. Failure to do this will result in a mismatched floor that will have to be reinstalled.

Laminate flooring was invented 35 years ago, offering long-lasting durability and beauty. It comes in a variety of colours, plank lengths, thicknesses and textures.

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Textured laminate flooring is basically so called because of how it feels beneath your feet. There are different textured designs within a style; for example, wood texture laminate flooring is very diverse, with some having a synchronised wood appearance and others a ridged appearance. It is the most natural looking of all laminate flooring and is available in a variety of designs with the wood grain visible.


Smooth laminate flooring has a soft satin finish with no deep grain texture. It has a shiny appearance, is easy to keep clean, and will look good in any room.

High gloss

High gloss laminate flooring is smooth, with no ridges or indents, and is designed to make your room look classy and modern. It will require regular cleaning to keep it looking shiny, as every mark will show up easily.

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With a vast variety of flooring options, it is difficult to make the right choice; for example, there is laminate flooring made of thin pressed wood boards, solid wood flooring, or engineered wood flooring made of plywood topped with a fine hardwood veneer. An engineered flooring company such as can supply longer and wider planks, giving dimensional stability and strength.

Whichever your choice, laminate flooring has an expected lifespan of 15 to 25 years depending on the amount of traffic it receives.