Laminate is not an expensive option and installation costs less too yet it is highly durable, scratch resistant and can mimic more expensive floor options
One of the most durable of flooring options, laminate floor is scratch and dent resistant and can tolerate heavy foot traffic. Spills and stains can be easily wiped away ensuring that your laminate always looks as good as it did, the day it was installed.
Whether you prefer a traditional or more contemporary look, our laminate flooring comes in a wide variety of designs, colours and textures.
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Our plank laminate comes in sizes from 6mm – 12mm and is smartly priced and a beautifully designed classy floor. Perfect for a young family or first home, laminate looks modern and is easy to maintain with a minimum of fuss.
The Chateau collection is, as the name suggests, a majestic-looking range. The herringbone pattern is unique in the laminate world and makes you feel like royalty at home. The Chateau collection can be easily installed in different ways.
Chevron flooring is a pattern of rectangular blocks creating a beautiful ‘V’ shape when laid. This eye-catching pattern is experiencing a resurgence in popularity making it a design that truly stands the test of time.
Water resistancy combined with design. Our waterproof laminate is made to go everywhere in the house, even your bathroom and kitchen. With no bevels, Ocean is an example of a flat modern floor with exclusive designs that will blow your mind. As stunning as it is durable.
Real Wood Vs Laminate
The reality of flooring costs and what you can afford may be miles apart. Take into consideration the cost of laminate and hardwood flooring to determine what is best for you.
Hardwood flooring is made of harvested trees and pricing depends on the type of wood you choose. In general, hardwood will cost more than laminate to buy and to install.
Laminate wood flooring is made from composite wood pressed together at high temperatures. The image of hardwood is then placed over the composite wood, covering it to form the laminate. Not only are the materials themselves cheaper, but laminate wood installation cost is, on average, 50% less than hardwood installation.
Laminate flooring can cost per square meter around £5-£6m2 where as real wood can cost anything from £24-£100 per square meter. The exact prices will vary depending on the types of materials used and the size of your home.
Maintenance, Wear and Tear
Hardwood can be susceptible to scratching, can get damaged from excessive moisture and will show wear, especially in heavily trafficked areas.
However, Hardwood is the real deal; it is gorgeous and depending on the type of wood, can add considerable value to your home.
Since laminate is made from pressed wood, it is more durable and resists scratches, moisture and wear and tear. Laminate flooring is also easier to clean.
Although laminate is more durable in the short term, it is not as visually appealing and lower quality laminate may have artificial-looking wood grain textures.
Your home’s flooring will typically need repairs at some point. From minor accidents to excessive wear and tear, laminate and hardwood both have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Hardwood can be repaired by sanding imperfections and refinishing. This means that your floor can last more than a lifetime.f wood, can add considerable value to your home.
Laminate flooring doesn’t repair easily. If you buy flooring that comes in individual pieces and snaps together, you may be able to replace individual boards although depending on sunlight and age, the new piece may not match the rest of your floor.
Best Places to Install
In addition to price, durability and repair, you should also consider the best (and worst) places in the home for both types of flooring.
Hardwood flooring is both beautiful and fairly durable, especially in lower-traffic rooms like bedrooms and dining rooms. But, if you have pets or a lot of foot traffic, your hardwood floors might show the scratches and wear overtime. Basements and bathrooms with a lot of moisture are not good places for hardwood flooring.
Because laminate flooring is so durable, it is less susceptible to wear and tear from pets and foot traffic. While it withstands moisture better than hardwood, it should not be in an area of the home that regularly gets wet. Because of its topcoat with built-in UV protection, laminate flooring typically does not fade from sunlight as quickly and as noticeably as hardwood flooring and can be used safely in rooms with large windows.
Your home will benefit from the look of wood flooring and deciding between hardwoods vs. laminate flooring is up to you. Review the pros and cons, and be realistic about your lifestyle. If you have pets, young children or high traffic, these factors may influence your decision.
But you can’t beat the luxury and warmth of wood that will improve your home’s aesthetic appeal whilst also increasing its value.
At Valley Carpets, we are proud to be the only South Wales supplier of BerryAlloc products.
BerryAlloc® offers a wide array of interior solutions for residential and commercial projects, ranging from laminate, vinyl and parquet floors to wall panels. The extensive BerryAlloc® product range has a lifetime warranty, is durable and meets current aesthetic and technical requirements: quality, variety of finishes, durability, longevity and ease of installation.
Guided by trends and the latest technological improvements, we strive to inspire and delight our customers. Discover our vinyl or laminate floors with a natural stone or wood look for your living room, bedroom, hallway, bathroom, kitchen or home office. Or choose a parquet floor for an authentic look and feel. BerryAlloc® is sure to have a stunning floor solution for every space.
We also strive to reduce our impact on the environment and grow in a sustainable way as a profitable company.