Ideal for every home, laminate flooring is the perfect way to give your interiors a stylish yet timeless update. Designed to look just like... Read more
Laminate is so easy to care for! Simply sweep or vacuum your laminate flooring every evening and wipe up any potential spills right away. After your flooring is hoovered and dust-free, you’ll need a cleaning solution if you want to ensure your laminate flooring is spotless. As laminate is wood-based flooring, it doesn't like water or moisture, so avoid using a wet mop or steam cleaner.
We’ve outlined multiple steps you can take to care for your flooring and what solutions you can use on your laminate via our Tapi Laminate Care Guide.
Of course! We'd be happy to supply the full details of the laminate flooring you’re interested in, as it’s important when doing your own home measurements and calculations.
If you’re really eager to know, you can always call your local store and they’d be happy to talk you through the dimensions of the product. Alternatively, you can pop a request via the 'Submit a Request' button and a member of our Customer Support team will get back to you shortly.
Oh no! It’s always a panic-inducing moment when you see that glass of wine tip over in slow motion onto your new laminate floor, but the quicker you act, the less chance there is of it damaging the flooring. Laminate is a wood-based product so therefore doesn't like water, and if wet spills are left for too long, the laminate will start to warp.
You should have received a Tapi Floor Care Guide by email when you placed your order, and this will tell you exactly how to tackle any stains on your laminate flooring.
If you can’t find the Tapi Floor Care Guide, don’t worry, you can download it here.
Laminate underlay is much thinner than carpet underlay, but it can make a huge difference to the performance of your flooring! Made from PE foam, our laminate underlay is specifically designed to increase airflow under your laminate flooring to reduce the build up of moisture and help to soften the acoustics for a more peaceful home. We also have another laminate underlay for underfloor heating with reflective backing to provide excellent insulation.
We often get asked how much is laminate flooring and the honest answer is that there's no exact figure. We sell a wide range of laminate flooring at different price points to suit all our customers. Our cheapest laminate flooring prices average around £11.99 per m2, while our top of the range, luxury embossed laminate comes in around £32.99 per m2. You also need to factor in the cost of laminate underlay, which ranges from £4 to £7 per m2, as well as other accessories such as edging strips and door bars.
So, let's do some maths! Based on a 4x4m room and a £17.99 laminate, the cost of a laminate floor would be about £500 plus £228.80 to fit, and that total price of £728.80 for a laminate floor also includes underlay, beading/scotia, door bar, etc. Our flooring experts will be able to talk you through all the costs involved for buying and installing laminate flooring when you visit us in-store or book a home visit, but there's also a handy laminate flooring cost calculator on all of our laminate product pages to give you an estimate of how much your floor will cost (excluding fitting).
We recommend that a new kitchen is installed before your laminate floor. The flooring should then be fitted around the kitchen, as there are several good reasons why you shouldn't fit laminate flooring underneath kitchen appliances and units:
1) Kitchen units and appliances can be heavy and it's better for them to sit directly on the subfloor. Sitting them on top of the laminate can lead to damage and buckling over time, and it also prevents some of the natural movement you get with a floating floor like laminate.
2) Installing your laminate flooring last means that you reduce the chances of any potential damage as your new kitchen is installed. We hate seeing a heavy fridge dragged over our beautiful laminate flooring!
3) You're installing laminate flooring in a place that nobody will ever see! Only laying laminate up to the edge of your kitchen units or just slightly underneath at the front will reduce the amount of laminate you need for the room, and therefore reduce the cost of your new floor.
As laminate is a wood-based floor, it's not the best choice for wet areas like kitchens because the wood warps when it comes into contact with moisture. Saying that, we do offer a range of water-resistant laminate that would be fine to use in a kitchen. Just take a look at the room suitability icons on each product page to check where in your home that particular style of laminate can be used. If you're looking for a totally water-resistant floor, take a look at our range of LVT flooring.
A subfloor is the surface on which flooring is laid. There are lots of different types of subfloors, including wooden floorboards, screed, and concrete, all of which have their pros and cons. If your subfloor is in a poor condition it will need to be repaired or replaced before your new laminate flooring can be installed. A good subfloor should be dry, smooth, structurally sound, and free from debris. If it isn't, any imperfections will be reflected in the flooring laid on top.
At Tapi, we can assess the condition of your subfloor during a home visit or when we pop round to do our measurement checks. Should we discover your subfloor needs repairing, we can provide you with a quote, and if you're happy to go ahead, we'll arrange for our fitting partners to carry out these works prior to installing your new flooring - just ask a member of Team Tapi in-store for details or read our guide on how to prepare your subfloor.
Laminate has become one of the most popular flooring types due to its durability, ease of installation, and low maintenance, not to mention its eco-friendliness. Laminate was originally created as a cheaper alternative to natural wood, so it’s great for all budgets. Through its clever design and construction, laminate mimics the look and feel of real wood or stone. It can come in a variety of designs including vintage or aged wood.
Laminate is made up of multiple layers, including a design layer that’s a high-definition photograph of your chosen design on high quality paper. This delicate design layer is protected on both sides by a tough layer underneath, and a clear protective top layer above it, to keep the design from facing, scuffing, or tearing. You can find out more about how laminate is made and its different properties in our laminate buying guide.
To measure your room for laminate, you can use our guide on how to measure a room, which will help you to get the dimensions you will need. You can then use a calculator like our carpet calculator to help you figure out the estimated cost of how much you will need to cover your entire room or rooms. Laminate comes in individual boards, so our free measuring and planning service will figure out exactly how many boards you’ll need for the project you’re working on.
Laying laminate is a process with multiple steps that must be executed well to achieve the best look– we take you through each step in our guide on how to lay laminate flooring, but we actually recommend you use our professional fitting service to lay your laminate flooring. Not only is it more efficient, but you can be assured your laminate will look great and last a long time with such great services.
We’d recommend you ask a professional to do this for you. Tapi has trusted fitting partners and a free measuring and planning service where we can advise you how to fit any unusually shaped areas.
Laminate can last for a long time when you keep it in good condition and regularly clean it – there’s one crucial rule to follow though, and that’s to avoid using too much water when you clean it. Some laminate has a water-resistant top layer
, but it’s best to make sure your mop is only lightly damp, and you never use a steam mop on it. Find out all the laminate cleaning information you could need in our laminate care guide.
Perhaps you’re removing your laminate to fix an issue with your subfloor, or maybe you’re just changing up your look – whatever your reasons, removing laminate will require a few different tools and several steps, all of which you can find in our guide to removing laminate flooring. You’ll need to lift some of the laminate planks using a crowbar, so you won’t be able to reuse them. You can use our uplift and removal service to get rid of your flooring efficiently.