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What is Laminate Flooring?

Laminate is a high density fibreboard (HDF) in a variety of thicknesses for different uses i.e. domestic/light commercial. The patterened wood design is a print covering the fibreboard.

The print is covered with a heavy duty, hardwearing laminate to protect.

Laminate should not be installed in rooms with excessive moisture such as bathrooms, if the new laminate floor is expected to require frequent washing with a damp mop, then applying a thin line of glue to the joins when fitting should be considered.

Always read the instructions carefully on the packs before fitting.

Colours and Design

The most popular design of laminate flooring is the strip wood effect, it's available in many colours to suite a large variety of tastes. No matter what colour scheme you have in your home you'll find a laminate to complement your existing furniture and decor.

Most popular colours and shades are:

  • beech
  • oak
  • maple
  • elm
  • birch
  • cherry
  • dark walnut
  • many more

Many Shades of Oak Laminate

Oak comes in many shades and styles including: farmhouse, certose, New England, natural, dark rustic, riverside, shire and colonial. As you can see the choice is almost endless, which is great for us.

Because the design or pattern is simply a print the manufacturers are now offering more pattern options, the most popular being a floor tile effect in a variety of colours. This can give your kitchen or dining room a nice farmhouse feel that ceramic floor tiles offer but with the ease of fitting that comes with laminate flooring.

Wickes have a great range of modern high gloss laminate that look fantastic

This guide is not intended to replace the fitting instructions found in each pack you buy, always read the instructions carefully before you start laying the laminate flooring.