- Your dream floor
Find the floor you like the most. You may follow fashion or favour classic, proven solutions. Inspiration can be found everywhere today: shops, the Internet, trade publications. The choice of pattern, colour and materials depend on individual preferences. Regardless of your choice, keep in mind a few simple rules:
- Match the floor to the room, and pay attention to the serviceability and wear-resistance class.
- In heavily used rooms where the floor will often be washed or is exposed to water, lay water-resistant floors which are easy to clean and feature increased slip resistance.
- Assess the floor substrate. Take into account the presence or absence of floor heating. These are parameters which also determine the selection of suitable underlay.
- Floor durability for years
The guidelines issued by the European Producers of Laminate Flooring require using all-inclusive solutions, i.e. floor and underlay, to obtain a floor which meets its functions and complies with quality specifications.
- This standard is met by means of good assembly, i.e. levelling substrate irregularities and producing a single, even level of floor surface.
- Requirements applicable to underlays focus on the protection of floors from the effects of wear, such as damage caused by falling objects or heavy use, as well as from the moisture inside the substrate produced by the building works and by everyday use of the room.
- A good underlay will improve floor performance. Apart from acoustic insulation and the reduction of footsteps, the underlay will increase the comfort of the floor, including thermal comfort in the room.
- Remember: details!
Without properly selected finishing elements your floor will be incomplete. It is detail that makes the character of the room.
- Skirting boards and floor profiles can be selected to match either with features or with other finishing elements: e.g. white skirting boards with white window joinery; silver, gold or titanium colour profiles adapted to door handles or curtain poles.
- Pay attention to the function of the finishing elements. A skirting board may be an aesthetic floor finish only, may mask cables, or may shield an expansion joint planned during floor laying works. A profile may join two levelled or uneven surfaces; it may also become the end of the floor at a balcony niche or staircase finish.
- Furthermore, focus on the assembly itself. If you change the colours of your walls often, use skirting boards which are easy to dismantle when refurbishing. Profile assembly may be “invasive” (fixed to the substrate with screws), or non-invasive (bonded to the substrate) if you are concerned about potential damage to the floor.