Laminate Flooring

Why you may want to consider laminate flooring.

Laminate flooring has come a long way. For relatively little money you can get a realistic looking laminate floor that will perform well under most circumstances and in most applications. Laminate flooring is typically 8mm in thickness and is therefore ideally suited as a carpet replacement in bedrooms. Due to its thickness it will therefore result in a relatively smooth transition to adjoining tiles in the passage for instance. Although they are typically 8mm in thick, they are available from 6mm to 12mm in thickness.

 

Advantages of laminate flooring

  • Entry level ranges are inexpensive and mostly of good quality

  • They are durable in terms of wear, scratching, denting etc – therefore childproof.

  • Most ranges have a good resistance to UV light and will not easily discolour.

  • They require minimal floor preparation for installation in most cases.

  • They can be installed over ceramic tiles or wooden plank floors like Oregon Pine floors. They are installed ‘floating’ and are therefore not glued or nailed to the substrate.

  • They install quickly, therefore minimal disruption in the case of re-flooring.

  • They are available in narrow planks, wide planks or long planks – up to 2.2m in length.

  • Some ranges are almost water proof

 

Disadvantages of laminate flooring

  • Top end ranges can become expensive

  • Most ranges do not have a high resistance to water and will damage with excessive water on them.

  • A level sub-floor is required for a successful installation, this will be an additional and unforeseen cost if your floor is not level when the current floor has been removed.

  • Laminate flooring is still a wooden product and therefore expands and contracts, if proper allowance is not made for this during installation then you could have a failed product at a later stage. If these allowances haven’t been made then problems could only become visible during times of high humidity, the summer rainy months in Gauteng.

  • Due to this expansion and contraction, manufacturers specify that door trims be fitted in doorways between different rooms. Large areas in excess of 10m would also require expansion profiles.

  • Installation can be dusty.

 
 

SPC Flooring

Why you may want to consider SPC flooring.

SPC flooring is 100% waterproof. In residential use the same floor can now be fitted throughout the entire area including wet areas like bathrooms and kitchens. Due to its stable core, the product expands and contracts very little and therefore allows it to be fitted over long spans without the need for unsightly expansion profiles. In most instances the floor can also be fitted into different rooms without the need for placing an expansion profile at the entrance doors. Although SPC flooring is more expensive then the average laminate floor, one does not need to purchase a separate underlay as the product comes standard with an underlay attached to the plank. The planks are typically between 4 and 6mm in thickness, including the attached underlay.

 

Advantages of SPC flooring

  • 100% waterproof

  • Durable in terms of wear, scratching, denting etc – therefore childproof.

  • Good resistance to UV light and will not easily discolour or warp.

  • Stable in areas with high temperature fluctuations.

  • Requires minimal floor preparation for installation in most cases.

  • Can be installed over ceramic tiles or wooden plank floors like Oregon Pine floors. It’s installed ‘floating’ and is therefore not glued or nailed to the sub-floor.

  • Installs quickly (click), therefore minimal disruption in the case of re-flooring.

  • Foot fall sounds are less than with laminate floors.

  • Installation is relatively dustless.

  • Expands and contracts very little so it can be installed over large areas.

  • Requires no acclimatisation before installation.

  • Features zero Formaldehyde, which makes it mildew proof and moisture proof

 

Disadvantages of SPC flooring

  • In terms of pricing they compete with a good, to top end laminate floor.

  • Thinner than laminate flooring and will therefore sit lower than most adjoining floors.

  • A level sub-floor is required for a successful installation, this will be an additional and unforeseen cost if your floor is not level when the current floor has been removed.

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