When looking at laminated wood flooring, they all look the same except for the colours.
There are a lot of different laminates like plain edge, bevelled edges, smooth edge or rough finishes, narrow or wide planks, different lengths, AC3 – AC4, medium to high traffic but the most important factor is the density of the wood.
A low to medium density is prone to more swelling from moisture or water.
A high density is less prone to swelling from moisture or water.
The top finishing layer of wood is also very important. Cheaper products fade easily.
Most laminates are a click-in-system and with the more expensive products the tung and grooves are waxed – thus less chance for swelling.
Underlays and fitting of the product are also very important. Certain gaps must be left and expansion joints are also important when fitting the laminates.
Finishing profiles – most laminates do not have matching profiles.
A quality fitter are very important to advice you about all the aspects including the different sub floors to cover with laminates.
Be very cautious when buying cheaper products! They are not necessarily good quality.
When choosing a carpet for your home, always remember to consider important aspects that may affect your choice. The more you understand about the different types of carpeting, the easier it will be to make a decision.
Is the area likely to get dirty? Will the area be walked on often? How likely are the area to be stained? Do you have small children?
Carpet comes in a variety of colors, textures, and styles. And beyond that, you will have to choose between synthetic and natural fibers, as well as weight and density, and the pricing that best fits your budget.
Loop carpeting is fibers bent into loops. It may be considered long-lasting and stain-resistant, but not generally known for softness. Berber is an example of level loop carpet. It’s great for high-traffic areas.
Multi-level loop carpeting has patterned texture created by the varied heights of loops. It can be eye-catching.
The alternate type of carpet is called cut pile because the yarn loops are cut. This carpet is often more dense and softer than loop pile. There are a number of cut pile to choose from.
- Textured carpet, with its uneven lengths of fibers, makes a rougher surface. Indentations from moved furniture is less noticeable and soil, pet accidents or food and beverage spills are easier to wipe away and less noticeable.
- Plush often has a more formal appearance with its smooth texture.
- Frieze carpet has long-cut fibers. There was a time that shag carpet was very popular. Shag is frieze carpet with especially long fibers and it isn’t usually suggested for foot-traffic areas.
Cut and loop is one more carpet style that includes both cut pile and loop pile fibers. Combining the best of both, this carpet is recommended for hiding dirt and stains and durability.