The V4 Q&A Series – Issue 5 – Laminate Flooring for Interior Designers & Architects

Welcome to Issue 5 of our Q&A Series, where we continue to provide invaluable insights for design professionals. Following our previous issue’s deep dive into engineered wood flooring, we now shift our focus to the versatile world of laminate flooring. 



Laminate Flooring for Interior Designers & Architects

From aesthetic versatility to practical benefits, we are here to ensure you have the knowledge to make informed decisions for your designs. Join us as we unravel the intricacies of laminate flooring, guided by your most pressing questions.


How durable is V4 laminate flooring and how long will it last?

Our laminate flooring is crafted with a superior wear layer that sets it apart in terms of durability and longevity. This layer is designed to withstand the rigours of high-traffic areas, resisting scratches, dents, and stains more effectively than many other alternatives. 

The result is a floor that maintains its aesthetic appeal over time, even under the stress of commercial environments.

What range of styles, textures, and finishes are available in the laminate collection?

Our laminate collection boasts a diverse range of options, catering to the refined tastes of industry professionals. The selection spans from classic to contemporary, with authentic wood textures that offer a tactile experience, almost indistinguishable from the real material. The textures, whether elegantly smooth or deeply embossed, add depth and realism to each plank.

What are the recommended installation methods for V4 laminate flooring?

The preferred method is the floating floor technique, which allows for a swift and efficient installation over most existing floors, provided they are level and stable. This method utilises a click-lock system that seamlessly joins the planks together, eliminating the need for adhesives and allowing for natural expansion and contraction. For uneven subfloors, a self-levelling compound can be applied beforehand to ensure a flat surface. 

Our attention to practicality ensures that their laminate flooring can adapt to the unique demands of each project, providing a reliable and attractive flooring solution.

What are the environmental credentials of V4’s laminate flooring?

The core materials we use in our laminate ranges are sourced from responsibly managed forests, ensuring that for every tree used, another is planted. The manufacturing process is designed to minimise waste and reduce the carbon footprint, with the majority of the laminate being recyclable at the end of its life cycle.

We also adhere to stringent European standards for low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions, making our laminate flooring a healthier choice for indoor air quality.

What is the recommended maintenance routine for laminate flooring?

Regular sweeping or hoovering removes dirt and grit that has the potential to scratch the surface. As for mopping, use a damp cloth or mop with a laminate-specific cleaner to avoid excess moisture, which can damage the melamine coating. 

Avoid abrasive tools and harsh chemicals that can dull the finish, and when deep cleaning, a well-wrung mop with a mild solution is sufficient.

Is laminate flooring suitable for commercial projects?

Laminate’s robust wear layer withstands constant footfall well, preserving the floor’s aesthetic appeal without compromising performance. Maintenance is equally efficient – requiring only regular sweeping and occasional damp mopping with a suitable cleaner to maintain its condition. 

This low-maintenance aspect, coupled with its resistance to wear and tear, ensures that V4 laminate flooring remains a practical and stylish solution for commercial environments.

How does V4’s laminate flooring perform in high-moisture areas?

With a water-resistant locking mechanism certified to resist water ingression for up to 36 hours, our Natureffect Aqualock Laminate offers peace of mind in most moisture-prone areas. Beyond its practicality, the Natureffect Laminate range, available in plank and herringbone, offers plenty of diverse options, ensuring a match for any design brief.


Does V4’s laminate flooring meet slip resistance and safety standards required for public spaces?

Each laminate plank is designed to offer enhanced slip resistance, thanks to the embossed melamine layer used to simulate the grain of real wood. When paired with the engineered HDF base, these features provide a secure surface underfoot to ensure the well-being of all users.


Are there customisation options available for large-scale projects?

Our V4-approved retailers are equipped to discuss bespoke sizes, finishes, and styles, ensuring that each project’s unique requirements are met with precision. This flexibility, supported by our diverse range of high-quality laminate flooring, allows interior designers and architects to tailor flooring solutions that align with project specifications.


Does V4 provide matching accessories for a cohesive look?

Our additional offerings include adhesive options for secure installation, underlays for cushioning and insulation, and primers and liquid DPMs for optimal subfloor preparation. For a perfectly level base, we also provide screeds and levelling compounds.

To maintain the aesthetic and durability of the flooring, we offer both oil and lacquer finishes, and aesthetic continuity is ensured with solid oak transitions for expansion joints, stair nosing for linking different levels, and beading and edging strips to elegantly cover expansion gaps. Aluminium transitions are also available for a sleek, modern edge.

These accessories are designed to provide a cohesive look that complements the high-quality nature of our engineered and laminate floors.


What are the typical lead times for bulk laminate orders?

Lead times can vary and are best confirmed by contacting an approved V4 retailer. These selected retailers are equipped to meet specific standards, including efficient delivery to accommodate project timelines.


What kind of commercial warranties does V4 offer on laminate flooring?

We provide tailored commercial warranties, reflecting the unique demands of each project. The terms of these warranties are determined by the specific usage and conditions of the commercial setting. Contact us or reach out to your local V4-approved stockist to find out more.


Is V4’s laminate flooring compatible with underfloor heating systems?

Our laminate flooring is designed to be compatible with all modern underfloor heating systems, offering a warm and comfortable experience underfoot. The construction of the range helps efficient heat transfer and stable performance when used with specified underfloor heating. 

For optimal results, it’s essential to follow our guidelines on installation overheating systems to ensure heat is evenly distributed and the integrity of the flooring is maintained.


What certifications does V4 laminate flooring hold?

Each V4 laminate product is PEFC- or FSC-certified, ensuring that the wood fibres used come from sustainably managed forests. Additionally, to guarantee indoor air quality, all of our timber-based products meet stringent GreenGuard standards, which means they have been tested and proven to have low chemical emissions.


Bring Laminate Flooring Into Your Next Project

We hope this latest instalment of our Q&A series has helped to showcase our laminate’s unique benefits. For those keen to explore the possibilities, we invite you to explore our range further and order a free sample or two.

If you have any questions we missed in this issue, you can contact our experts directly to have your query answered.

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