The V4 Q&A Series – Issue 2 – Laminate Flooring for New Homeowners

Welcome back to our Q&A series, your go-to resource for all things flooring. In our last issue, we answered all your questions about engineered wood flooring, from cost in comparison to solid wood to the best places to install it in your home. This time, we are shifting our focus to another popular choice for new homes – laminate flooring.

Laminate Flooring for New Homeowners

Whether you are a first-time buyer or simply looking to revamp a new living space, this issue aims to answer all your burning questions about laminate flooring.

What is laminate flooring made of?

Laminate is made by laminating a printed paper layer to a wooden HDF base, which replicates the appearance of real wood. At its core, our natureffect laminate floors utilise high-density fibreboard (HDF) made from compressed pine fibres, which provides a stable and durable base, with a top layer featuring an ultra-high-definition image scan of real wood, giving each board a unique, natural look.

These layers are then sealed with a transparent, tough coat of melamine that is not only durable but also easy to clean, with signature antibacterial properties. The result is a floor that combines the beauty of wood with the practical benefits of a synthetic material, whilst still being composed of natural materials.

How does laminate flooring compare to engineered wood?

Laminate and engineered wood flooring serve different needs but both offer the allure of natural wood. Engineered wood consists of a real wood veneer atop multiple layers of plywood, offering the authenticity and warmth of solid wood, whereas laminate uses a high-definition image of wood sealed onto a high-density fibreboard.

Our Natureffect laminate is a cost-effective alternative, ideal for budget-conscious renovations. It is also exceptionally easy to install, thanks to its 2G locking system, and requires minimal maintenance throughout its life.

Is laminate flooring suitable for kitchens and bathrooms?

In kitchens, laminate offers a durable and easy-to-clean surface, making it a practical choice for busier households. For bathrooms, it is advisable to opt for products explicitly designed for high-moisture environments.

Our Natureffect laminate is made with protected joints that offer 24 hour protection against spills, and our Aqualock laminate planks are specifically designed to withstand water ingression for up to 36 hours – offering added peace of mind for areas prone to spills or moisture.

How does laminate flooring react to temperature and humidity changes?

Laminate’s HDF core is less susceptible to warping or swelling, making it a stable choice for varying indoor conditions. However, you should still try to maintain a consistent indoor climate for optimal performance, as excessive humidity can lead to moisture seeping into the seams, while extremely dry conditions may cause minor gaps between planks.

The 2G locking system our range comes with forms a strong bond, offering an additional layer of protection against environmental fluctuations.

Can I use underfloor heating with laminate floors?

Yes, laminate flooring is compatible with underfloor heating systems, making it a warm and inviting option for your new home. Our range is designed to work well with underfloor heating, thanks to its flexible base and efficient heat conductivity.

How do I maintain and clean laminate flooring?

These floors are designed to be low-maintenance and easy to clean. For everyday upkeep, a simple sweep or vacuum will remove dust and debris, and when it comes to mopping, use a well-wrung mop and a mild cleaner suitable for laminate floors.

Is laminate flooring eco-friendly?

Made from sustainably sourced pine fibres, our laminate floors contribute to a healthier indoor environment. Unlike vinyl or LVT floors, which are petroleum-based, laminate flooring is primarily made from wood,  and the manufacturing process also adheres to strict environmental guidelines, ensuring minimal impact on the planet.

What styles are available for laminate flooring?

Each of our laminate planks is imprinted with ultra-high-definition scans of real wood, resulting in a stunningly authentic look, with light, ‘untreated’ options, deep and dark walnut shades, and even some ultra-modern grey variations. With our extensive range, you are sure to find a style that complements your home’s aesthetic perfectly.

Is there a guarantee on V4 laminate flooring?

We offer a 12-year Guarantee on all of our Natureffect laminate flooring. This guarantee covers ordinary domestic use, ensuring that your investment is protected for years to come.

Can I get a sample before buying?

From our website, you can order free samples of any laminate in our Natureffect range. This allows you to get a real feel for the colour and quality of your choice, right in the comfort of your own home. Sampling is an excellent way to ensure that you are making the right choice, matching the flooring to your existing decor and lifestyle needs.

Will laminate flooring affect my home’s resale value?

While laminate flooring may not boost your property value as much as genuine hardwood, it still adds a level of sophistication that potential buyers will appreciate. High-quality laminate floors, like those found in our Natureffect range, offer the look and feel of real wood, whilst providing reliable durability for years of use. This makes them a wise investment for your home’s overall marketability.

Can you float laminate flooring?

Laminate floors are always installed as a floating floor over laminate flooring underlay. The 2G locking system on our boards allows for an easy ‘click and lock’ installation, forming a strong bond without the need for glue or nails. Floating laminate floors are also easier to remove or replace, offering flexibility for future updates.

A well-prepared subfloor is essential for a successful floating installation. Once that is in place, the boards lock together to form a seamless, stable surface over the top.

What are the best rooms to install laminate flooring in?

Laminate flooring is incredibly versatile, making it suitable for almost any room in your home.

Both our Natureffect and Aqualock laminates are particularly well-suited for high-traffic areas like hallways, as well as kitchens and laundry rooms where spills are commonplace. We do not recommend our laminate floors be installed in bathrooms due to the High RH (Relative Humidity) levels, which risk damage after prolonged exposure.

Is laminate flooring pet-friendly?

Laminate flooring is a great choice for homes with pets. Our collections feature textured melamine surfaces, set to mimic that of real wood, that provide a good grip for pets with well-trimmed claws. The flooring is also highly durable, standing up well to the wear and tear that comes with having pets around.

What to consider before installing laminate flooring in a flat?

First, check the condition of your subfloor, as it needs to be flat and fully structurally supported for a successful installation. Acoustic insulation is another consideration, especially in multi-storey buildings, so you may need to consult your building’s regulations or your lease agreement for any restrictions on flooring types.

Choose V4 Laminate Flooring for Your New Home

That wraps up this issue of The V4 Q&A! Stay tuned for our next issue, where we will be answering your questions about our luxury Cortejo cork flooring. Meanwhile, if you are keen to explore our diverse range, feel free to browse our Natureffect and aqualock laminate collections, and place your order for free samples before making your final choice.

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