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Laminate – Advantages, Disadvantages & Quality Differences


Laminate – Advantages, Disadvantages & Quality Differences

Laminate is the floor covering that convinces all along the line in terms of functionality, design diversity and robustness. As an alternative to costly to process and often expensive parquet floor laminate flooring with a balanced price-performance ratio in the ranking of popular flooring is far ahead. We consider in detail the properties and advantages of laminate. We also explain how differences in price and execution are to be questioned. Laminate is suitable for use in the private as well as in the commercial sector. You can choose between products of different usage classes.

As an alternative to rather expensive real wood parquet, a laminate floor with its features and a well thought-out construction weighs the aspect of not being a pure natural product. Nonetheless, the construction of a laminate plank or tile is to a large extent made of wood. A highly compressed wood fiber board – also called HDF board – forms the supporting core of a good laminate, whether plank or laminate tile look. In addition, products with MDF as carrier material are offered.

One factor that determines the durability of the laminate floor is the thickness of the floorboards or tiles, depending on the particular substrate being processed. Laminates are available in various thicknesses from 6 mm to 12 mm.

A variant with a low construction is particularly renovation-friendly and can be used well for the stress in the private living area. Laminate grades with thicknesses of around 12 mm are even more durable and therefore more durable. By using appropriate coatings, the swelling behavior and material density of the products can be significantly optimized. We are happy to assist you in choosing the right laminate thickness and quality for your use.

As already mentioned, the carrier material forms the essential part of a laminate plank. In this point, the chaff separates from the wheat, if you want to set the quality and the price category of a flooring in proportion. We advise you always to grab a laminate floor with HDF support plate.

Because “HDF” stands for a highly compressed wood-based panel, which is more stable and resistant than, for example, a carrier panel made of MDF. The abbreviation “MDF” stands for medium-density fiberboard. Although a particularly low price should lure, opt for a laminate article, which is equipped with high-density fiberboard (HDF). They are much better than carrier material for products with heavy load and low material thickness. Laminate is one such product.

Depending on the manufacturer, the laminate products are equipped with a special carrier plate whose swelling behavior has been optimized by using appropriate additives. We will gladly advise you and clarify these details for you.

Each feature and design variant contributes to a successful overall picture. For example, laminate surfaces with circumferential 4-V joints result in a floor appearance in typical floorboard appearance.


Parquet floor vs. Laminate


Every client in South Africa faces innumerable challenges. A low level of interest rates ensures that your own property becomes more attractive. However, before you can pack boxes together, there are several hurdles to overcome. Especially in the planning phase budding property owners quickly lose themselves in details and forget the gaze for the essentials.

One detail that must always be clarified concerns the flooring. In addition to carpets, the question is in the room, whether one should rather opt for the natural parquet or rather prefers the laminate floor? Where are the differences between the two? In general, here at CARPETING SOMERSET WEST laminate is regarded as a favorable variant of the parquet. Is this statement sustainable in practice?

Wood is a classic building material – also in Austria. For centuries it has not only made floor boards but also whole houses. In the post-war years the building material became rarer. As a parquet, wood is still in use today for the flooring. Especially when it comes to a high-quality floor, which radiates a certain ambience, convinced the parquet floor.

The special advantages for the parquet floor are therefore primarily in the areas of ambience and feel-good atmosphere. Parquet flooring shows that even today many different patterns and colors can be used without compromising the quality.

But, anyone who thinks about the parquet floor must also be aware that the whole thing can become a challenge. Why? One of the big drawbacks compared to other floors is the price. Where it really should be a parquet floor, you have to be ready to finance the higher costs.

At the same time, there are still quite different disadvantages to be expected. Parquet is and remains a natural product. It can be sensitive to mechanical stresses. The same applies to moisture, which significantly influences the quality of the floor. The result: parquet wants to be intensively maintained. This applies to the cleaning – but also the handling of the floor in general. Scratches will hardly be avoidable even with good care, which is why you sooner or later have to sand down the parquet.

Generally speaking, laminate is considered to be very durable and robust because it is a composite product. Now often offered as a click laminate, laying also remains relatively straightforward. Another plus comes from the fact that laminate can be combined with underfloor heating today.

The fact is: laminate convinces. What disadvantages must one be prepared for? Although a laminate floor is robust, loads are not left untouched by it. Unlike parquet, which can be abraded and resealed, the laminate must be replaced at the end. Another negative point is the not always optimal footfall sound properties. In the meantime, manufacturers have responded by combining products with glued-on impact sound insulation. But: This variant is slightly more expensive in the acquisition costs.

Laminate or parquet – every Austrian who wants to completely renovate his apartment or move into his own house, is faced with this question. The answer is difficult if not impossible. Ultimately, several factors play a role. It depends not only on the look and feel-good aspect. Rather, it must be clarified which loads the floor is exposed to or whether the laying of a floor heating system is planned. The latter certainly favors the laminate as a floor. The same applies to rooms in which the floor is subject to heavy use – such as in the nursery.

Professional Carpeting Design and Vinyl Flooring | Cape Town

Professional Carpeting Design and Vinyl Flooring | Cape Town

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Professional Carpeting Design and Vinyl Flooring services in Cape Town. Surely you’ve heard of vinyl flooring, a flooring that’s in fashion nationwide. And maybe you have also asked yourself what a vinyl floor exactly is – maybe even what design floors are and what design vinyl floors are.

Are these different tiles and the latter even a hybrid of both? And what relationship do they have with the classic PVC floor? In fact, the manufacturers do not use consistently consistent terminology, so in the following we would like to give a little explanation about the systematics and, of course, explain in principle what the advantages of these popular floor coverings are.

Perhaps we start our remarks with a possible disappointment: a vinyl floor is strictly a PVC floor. PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride, the “V” for vinyl. So the term vinyl is just a marketing gimmick to re-sell an old hat? Not quite! To be fair, it has to be said that today’s vinyl floors are a significant advancement of the dusty, unsightly PVC flooring, which was the main feature of the role. Modern vinyl flooring offers a range of attractive benefits and is now subject to stringent housing health standards.

The term “design floor” can simply be a different name for a vinyl or PVC floor – the same applies to design vinyl or vinyl design floors. Even laminate vinyl floors are there: a misleading name, since these are pure vinyl floors, but should benefit from the “learned” term laminate. The creativity of the marketing departments has no limits!

Easy-care and durable materials that faithfully reproduce natural materials such as wood are in vogue – both on floors and on garden products such as garden furniture. WPC planks or fences. Vinyl floors and design floors have some advantages over the laminate, which also has a plastic surface. A thicker wear layer allows even more authentic (wood) looks and structures to be imprinted – even a connoisseur can barely distinguish them from elegant parquet! At the same time vinyl floors are warmer and softer, and the room sound is better swallowed than the comparatively hard laminate. For the highest demands on robustness, vinyl floors are superior to a laminate floor.

Vinyl is available as adhesive sheets for firm bonding to the substrate (especially low installation height, practically for renovation).  Solid vinyl (solid vinyl plates in approx. 4-5 mm thickness with tongue and groove for easy clicking and suitable for wet rooms).

Flooring Cape Town, Vinyl Floors, the better Laminate

Flooring Cape Town, Vinyl Floors, the better Laminate

Flooring Cape Town, Vinyl Floors, the better Laminate

Flooring: Vinyl floors in “Cape Town” are all known as rolls, which can be laid quickly and easily. To the delight of all do-it-yourselfers, other new vinyl products are now pushing into the flooring market and conquering more and more the home.

Although the proven real wood parquet and laminate still have their right to exist, but the vinyl-click bottom is on the rise, and seems the two pioneers dug the water properly.

What makes this soil so interesting? One should certainly not look at this floor from the emotional point of view, because the parquet is clearly ahead of the game. But a vinyl floor has other advantages!

So a floor made of real wood is relatively sensitive, one of vinyl is not.  A classic laminate always has the disadvantage of unnaturally plastic-sounding footsteps – a vinyl floor, on the other hand, dampens the impact sound enormously. The impact sound attenuation is further enhanced when a vinyl floor with an HDF support plate is used.

In addition, the vinyl floor is very easy and quick to clean thanks to its smooth surface and therefore also interesting for allergy sufferers.

To maintain the required wall clearance of at least 5 mm, insert spacers between the wall and the first row of boards. Always start in the left corner, then work over to the right.

With a sharp drill, the holes for the heating pipes can be produced easiest. Keep in mind the minimum distance to all fixed components – and this includes the heating pipes – must be observed! With full vinyl that is at least 5 mm!

First, cut off the longitudinal spring from the entire planks of the first row so that later the skirting board can still bridge the expansion joint without the spring being visible.

The luxurious vinyl floors at Carpet world in Cape Town not only look natural, they are also easy to lay. Depending on your specific situation, you can opt for the floating installation (without glue or other materials) or glue your planks.


Whichever you choose, Carpet world’s vinyl is compatible with underfloor heating and can be used to complete or renew any staircase in Cape Town.

Carpets – antistatic and durable

Carpets – antistatic and durable

With our durable carpets, Flooring Systems has an object flooring with some unique selling points in the program. With our carpet collection, Carpet World launches a textile floor covering that can be wet-cleaned. Also new is the quick drying of the flooring by short fibers. The company, which originally specialized in linoleum, heralds a new era for innovative floor coverings – especially in the commercial sector.

High quality and practical

The new Carpet World carpet collection is made of nylon 6.6 fibers and has a waterproof vinyl backing. The floor covering can therefore – in contrast to conventional carpet – be wet cleaned. Any mold is avoided by fitting the vinyl backing with Sanitized and fast drying thanks to short fibers.

In addition, Sanitized protects against excessive soil contamination with bacteria. The short fibers of the flooring also allow a better cleaning of the carpet. Allergens that are in the carpet, are effectively removed and do not get into the air. Our carpets are therefore well suited for allergy sufferers.

For longer durability, the manufacturer used the highly durable flock velor material, adding a variety of designs such as eye-catching floral prints, psychedelic patterns or trendy striped looks. Unlike traditional carpeting, our carpets, thanks to its material properties, meets all the criteria required of resilient floor coverings. The flooring is very hard-wearing, antistatic, disinfectant, suitable for allergy sufferers, extremely easy to care for, anti-slip and impact sound insulating.

Carpet World flooring for faster installation.

Flooring Systems offers the current carpet collection as a standard piece of carpet and as modern carpet tiles. While the carpet as a web is laid as usual adhesive and requires a floor layer, the loose laying of the carpet flooring is also possible by a layman.

The rugs can be combined with each other as desired and thus offer plenty of room for a creative design of the object or the living space. More than 200 bright colors and 15 designs in floral, psychedelic, but also in unicolor look are included in the carpet collection. Due to the discreet patterns, the flooring is very suitable for use in public buildings, in offices, but also in areas of the school and health care system.

Excellent with a seal

Carpetworld’s carpets are currently the only carpets to have been awarded the Allergy Seal of Approval for allergy-friendliness. The vertical 6,6 nylon fibers allow easy removal of dust and allergens. Allergens remaining in the floor covering are bound to the floor by the antistatic nylon fibers and do not get into the room air.



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