Laminate & Vinyl Flooring Resilience Flooring
Resilience flooring is a popular choice amongst our clients due to their natural looking wood finish without grout lines. It is complementary with most interior design styles but especially enhances the Scandinavian theme with its main design appeal having clean cut lines with the usage of light coloured wood. Also, resilience flooring is easy to lay using the click system which reduces the glue lines to only the perimeter of the floor. This reduces glue stains on the existing floor if overlaying and is easier to remove for future renovations. However, we only recommend installation of resilience flooring for indoor use and not in wet areas such as kitchen or toilets.
Laminate flooring is made of wood and has a hard surface that looks similar to solid wood flooring. It is scratch resistant and water resistant. The difference suppliers lies in their wood source. Wood from less humid countries expand after absorbing moisture from the air from a humid country. Hence, tropical hard wood is better suited for our humid climate as it does not expand after installation. Furthermore, laminate flooring made from recycled wood is not advised as it is hard to trace the origin of the wood.
Also, an optional sound absorbing layer can be added below laminate flooring to reduce the click-clack sound created when it is walked on.
Laminate flooring when installed will raise the floor level by 10mm.
Vinyl Flooring is made of PVC and is water proof but less scratch resistant compared to laminate flooring. Vinyl flooring has an accreditation which shows whether it releases formaldehyde into the air. The higher the VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) ie. A rating and A+ rating, shows it releases minimal to no formaldehyde. Furthermore, another criteria home owners should look out for is the European formaldehyde emission standards. E1 and E0 are examples of such standards. E1 emission standards are well-known in the flooring industry where wood flooring adhesives that meet the E1 formaldehyde standards have less that 0.75 formaldehyde parts per million (ppm).
E0 is an updated version of E1 with much more higher standards that require formaldehyde emissions to be equal or less than 0.07ppm. Thus, flooring products that meet E0 standards would be considered a safer choice than those that only meet E1 standards.
Vinyl flooring has a rubber feel with the appearance of wood. It comes textured and non-textured depending on the client’s choice of feel. Also, it is termite proof and slip resistant. Vinyl flooring can be laid immediately after cement screeding, however, laminate flooring has a lead time of 1-2 weeks before it can laid.
Vinyl Flooring will raise the floor level by 6mm.
Underneath Resilience Flooring
Resilience flooring can overlayed on any flat, hard surface. However, cement screeding of floors is still required for new flats before the laying of resilience tiles. Hence, with the new 3-in-1 cement screeding rule from June 2015, the cost of laying resilience tiles is only slightly cheaper than laying tiles. Also, door trimming services are provided when necessary in the case of overlaying.