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How to choose the right flooring

If you are in the process of renovating a house or creating a brand new apartment or house, you may have many questions about choosing the right flooring. After all, it is an important decision as it affects the final appearance of the room and its comfort. What materials are most durable for child’s play? Which lining is best suited for the living room and creates a pleasant atmosphere and aesthetic appearance? Can the flooring be additionally soundproofed? The offer on the market is extensive, so we have compiled some essential tips to help you create your dream home! Be aware that the cheapest alternative is not always the best as it requires early renewal or even replacement. We suggest that you consult our experts about your wishes and visions, who will recommend only the highest quality products for your exceptional home. At Alpod, we swear by technologically advanced flooring, which is why we entrust it, from design to execution, to our experienced craftsmen who will design the perfect flooring for your dream home.


Timeless parquet flooring

Parquet is considered a classic, always up-to-date solution that will never disappoint you. In recent years, we have been able to follow many modern and technologically advanced plastics on the market, but parquet floors are still predominant. Parquet is a great choice for all lovers of classic and refined flooring, as it guarantees a long life and countless benefits. It adapts aesthetically to any house design and retains its appearance and functionality for many years.


The parquet is made of wood, a natural material that further enhances the warmth and comfort of your home.

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We suggest that you consult with our experienced consultants before choosing the type and style of flooring that will provide an excellent user experience.  It is a good idea to prepare in advance where the flooring is to be laid and we will advise you which type of flooring is most suitable for this type of use.

It is important to know the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of wood. For more crowded and bright living areas, we recommend the choice of harder wood species such as oak, acacia and walnut. The most sensitive species are spruce, chestnut, pear, alder, European maple and beech. Wood changes its colour over time, so it is more appropriate to choose lighter shades that will not fade with age.


It is also important to note that the parquet flooring is not suitable for damp and wet rooms or for outdoor use. Parquet flooring can be used in all living spaces, but as a rule, its use in rooms with very heavy furniture and possible point loads is avoided.

It is a good idea to know your budget for flooring because parquet is considered one of the more expensive materials.

Parquet flooring is in principle a good choice for rooms such as bedrooms, living rooms, children’s rooms or hallways, the only important thing is that there is not much moisture in these rooms. It is a good choice, because in case of damage it can also be sanded and repainted or oiled. When renovating the parquet already laid, the floor does not need a basic mechanical treatment (brushing, planing, sawing, …).


Laminate – a more affordable alternative

Nowadays, laminate is a very widespread floor covering and a very popular alternative to parquet, because of its affordable price and imitation of its appearance. It is robust and durable and allows quick and easy installation without the need for adhesive. It can even be laid on an existing floor covering, but the general conditions for laying must be observed. Laminate flooring is surprisingly less sensitive as parquet, so it is recommended for areas where people walk around a lot, such as an office. The great advantage of laminate floors is that they are easy to replace in case of damage (only one laminate board can be replaced).

The laminate is also quite sensitive to water, so it is not used in humid environments. The market also offers laminate flooring with waterproof properties that are also suitable for bathrooms, but it may be better to avoid this option if you expect long-lasting functionality. As a rule, the service life of laminate is shorter than that of parquet flooring.

It is recommended for areas with integrated underfloor heating as it reacts well to heat.

Due to their ease of installation, good price and durability, laminate flooring is increasingly competing with parquet flooring, especially those that are almost identical in appearance to parquet flooring.


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PVC Vinyl – a chameleon among flooring

Vinyl flooring is considered the most popular type of flooring in Slovenia, offering a wide range of decors and patterns and imitations from wooden floors to stone imitations.
This type of PVC floor covering is extremely resistant to wear and dirt and, at the same time, extremely easy to maintain. It is suitable for many types of premises, from apartments, offices and restaurants to hotels and shops.
It offers easy installation and a variety of creative decoration options, making it a good choice for those who want to combine flooring with different finishes or borders.
Vinyl is extremely resistant to use and therefore suitable for rooms with a high fluctuation of people or objects, but it is worse when there are large temperature fluctuations, so it is not the right choice for the exterior of your house.


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Vinyl is the ideal flooring for people with allergies

Now you have a rough idea of which type of flooring best suits your wishes, your concept and the needs of your home. Of course, further information will be provided by experienced consultants who will ensure that you choose a flawless and durable flooring. If you want a visual of the future layout of the room before you go to your nearest consulting office, use Floor Designer to bring your creative idea of your chosen flooring to your space. The Floor Designer simplifies the shopping process and makes the whole experience even more enjoyable! Our favourite feature of the tool is that you can share your interior design with friends right away, who are sure to provide you with helpful tips!

How Laminate Flooring Has Become a Floor Favorite!

How Laminate Flooring Has Become a Floor Favorite

Do you ever look through photos of gorgeous hardwood floors online and wish you could have that in your house? Is your budget screaming no to walnut floors in the living room while your heart is screaming yes? What if we told you you could get that look without having to sell off a kidney?

Laminate flooring has become a popular option in recent years, and it’s easy to see why. Laminate lets you get the look of the gorgeous hardwood floors you love for half the price. Read on to learn more about this flooring option and why people love it so much.

What Is Laminate Flooring?

Laminate flooring is a material that can look like almost anything you want to, from a variety of wood species to tile and even stone. It’s become incredibly popular in homes in the last few years for a variety of reasons we’ll discuss in a moment. Contrary to popular belief, laminate is not made of solid plastic, but of four distinct layers.

At the bottom of a laminate plank, you have the backing, which is responsible for balancing the floor. Then you have the core layer, a high-density board that protects from indentations and moisture, and the design layer, which has a high-resolution photograph of the floor’s surface appearance. And on top, there’s the wear layer, a clear layer made of aluminum oxide that protects against damage and fading.

Durable

One of the biggest advantages of laminate flooring is its durability. With hardwood floors, you risk the finish wearing off or the floor getting scratched. You have to be careful about moving furniture, and you may not want to let your pets on the floor for fear of damaging it.

Laminate flooring is made of incredibly durable materials with an iron-clad finish. You can still scratch it if you drag a cast iron TV stand across it, but you won’t have to worry so much about the ottoman scuffing it every time it shifts. And pets can run all over it with no fear of damage.

Easy to Install

Installing hardwood floors is a difficult job requiring several days and at least one carpenter. You have to prepare a subfloor and make sure each piece goes in just the right place and make sure there are no gaps or squeaks. There’s a lot of precision work that has to be done perfectly or the floor won’t turn out right.

Installing laminate flooring is something you can handle yourself in a weekend. You need to lay down a moisture barrier and possible some subfloor material, but then it’s just a matter of snapping each tongue and groove piece into place. You may need to custom cut pieces at the ends and the wall, but that’s a simple enough matter, and you can “float” the floor under the baseboards, so there’s no need to nail it down.

Affordable

Although hardwood floors are beautiful, they are also expensive, especially depending on what species of wood you’re using. And all that time working with a carpenter doesn’t come cheap. You’re looking at around 1,500€ to install a wood floor, depending on the size of the room and the species of the wood.

Laminate flooring is much cheaper than wood, both in materials and labor. You can expect to pay about 20€ per square meter, depending on what kind of laminate you choose. Most installations cost around 600€, about half the cost of installing a wood floor. 

Compatible with Subfloor

When you’re putting in a hardwood floor, you have to have something you can nail into to hold the floor in place. This means you have to have a layer of wood subfloor beneath the actual floor planks. If you have an existing floor already in place, you may be looking at raising your floors, which can cause all sorts of problems for doors, outlets, fireplaces, and other fixtures.

With laminate flooring, you don’t have to worry as much about that. You can “float” laminate flooring over any type of subfloor, including concrete. So if you pull out carpet flooring and put down laminate, the level of your floors should stay more or less the same.

Lots of Options 

One of the great advantages of using laminate flooring is it can look like almost anything you want it to. Wood laminate flooring is one of the most popular styles, and it comes in a variety of species. You can get laminate finished to look like hickory, pecan, oak, applewood, cherry, and even mahogany.

You can also get laminate flooring that looks like tile and stone. Like hardwood, tile and stone flooring installation tends to be complicated and expensive, not to mention fragile. But laminate can give you that gorgeous tile or slate look you want with much greater ease and durability.

laminate oak rustic grey

Easy to Clean 

Keeping floors clean can be a pain, depending on what kind of flooring you have. Carpet requires heavy vacuuming and shampooing at least once a year. And some tile or hardwood floors may require special attention to make sure it doesn’t get damaged.

With laminate flooring, cleaning is a breeze. You can sweep up loose dust, dirt, and pet hair without it catching in grout lines or lurking in carpets. And while it may be advisable to use a special laminate floor cleaning product, this is no more difficult than any other mopping.

Hypoallergenic

For people with allergies and other sensitivities, finding the right flooring can be a big deal. Dust, dirt, pollen, and other allergens can lurk in carpets. And flooring with no underlayment can create a haven for mold and mildew.

But laminate flooring provides no safe haven for allergens. You can vacuum up pollen particles, pet hair, and other substances that may set off your allergies. And the moisture barrier you put down under the floor will keep mold and mildew from building up.

Low Maintenance

Aside from routine cleaning, many floors have to be maintained to look their best over time. Hardwood floors should be refinished every so often, and as we mentioned, carpets should be shampooed at least once a year. This maintenance can be expensive and time-consuming.

Laminate flooring is incredibly low-maintenance, almost a set-and-forget situation. You may want to trim your pets’ nails to prevent minor scratches and repair any small scuffs that may appear. But other than that, you won’t have to worry about maintaining your laminate floors.

Environmentally Friendly

Although hardwood floors are beautiful, they are not very environmentally friendly. In order to get floor-quality boards, you have to cut down a tall tree that has been growing straight for many years. And because hardwood floors tend to be more popular, it can take decades to replace this growth.

Laminate floors make the most of the wood they use, using recycled wood in the planks and sticking to environmentally responsible manufacturing processes. These floors can be recycled or even reused! Because they “float” unattached to a subfloor, you can take them up and take them with you if you move houses.

Warrantied

Life happens, and sometimes flooring gets damaged or is defective. When that happens, you want to have a solid warranty behind you. You don’t want to pay for repairs to a floor you just got done installing.

Laminate flooring companies offer some pretty amazing warranties, with the minimum period being a year. Your company may repair or replace damaged planks themselves or send them for you to manage it. Be sure to check on warranty terms from the company you use.

Moisture Resistant

Another huge advantage of laminate flooring is that it’s moisture resistant. If you live somewhere humid, this can be particularly important, since floors absorb that moisture just like anything else. Summer and rainy seasons can wreak havoc on traditional hardwood floors, but laminate will expand and contract without buckling.

It should be noted, however, that laminate is not waterproof. It doesn’t do well with pools of standing water as you get in bathrooms. Tile and stone flooring are still best in those areas since they can stand up to pools of water.

Functional

It’s not something we think about very often, but we need our floors to be a little springy. Unresistant floors like tile, concrete, and stone don’t provide any give or cushion. This can make our feet hurt and be hard on our joints, especially hips and knees.

But laminate flooring provides a little bit of spring in your step – and we do mean that literally. The floors flex just enough to cushion your joints. This can make a big difference in reducing joint pain, especially in areas you stand in a lot, such as the kitchen.

walnut cusco laminate in the kitchen

High Resale Value

When you’re spending a few thousand dollars on a home improvement project, you want to know you’ll get something back out of it. When you resell the house, the changes you’re making should let you raise the price more. Laminate flooring can help raise your home’s value, depending on the situation.

If you’re replacing worn-out or irreparable flooring, putting in laminate flooring will raise the value. And even if you’re replacing carpet that’s in good shape, putting in laminate will still raise your home’s price. But hardwood is still valued more highly by homebuyers, so it’s not a good idea to replace hardwood with laminate if you can afford it.

Picking a Laminate Flooring

The first thing you want to look at when you’re picking laminate flooring is the thickness. You want a thickness that will like up with your other floors once you take out the old flooring in the room. You should also take a look at the width of the boards – do you want a large plank look or a smaller strip wood look? And the Abrasion Criteria measures how well the flooring will stand up to damage.

There are hundreds of finishes you can choose from with laminate flooring, as we discussed. But you can also pick different textures to suit your style, including hand-scraped, embossed, or high-gloss. You can even look into getting laminate that’s compatible with underfloor heating if you like.

How to Install It

Installing laminate flooring is a snap; start by preparing the area either by removing the existing flooring or sweeping and mopping it thoroughly. Then measure the width of the room you’re installing the flooring in, dividing it by the width of the planks you’re using and dividing the excess by two to determine the width of the first and last rows. Leave 10 mm of space at either side of the room for the floor to “float” under the baseboards.

Roll out your underlayment and lay your first row of boards down on one side of the room, tongue side facing the wall. Then snap the next line of boards in place, moving across the room to the opposite wall. Once all the boards are laid, including your last line, remove your 10 mm spacers at each side of the wall and reinstall the baseboards.

Get the Best Flooring for Your Home

Laminate flooring has become incredibly popular, and it’s easy to see why. It’s cheap, durable, easy to install, environmentally friendly, and beautiful. It’s one of the easiest ways to get the look you want in your home without having to break the bank or be precious with your floors for the rest of your life.

If you’d like to find the best wood laminate flooring, check out the rest of our website at Floor Experts. We have a variety of gorgeous flooring options, including parquet, laminate, vinyl, and more. Check out our laminate flooring options and get started making your space more beautiful on a budget today.

Vinyl Flooring 101: What Is Vinyl Flooring and Should You Get It?

What Is Vinyl Flooring

You’ve worked for years to turn your house into a home.

You remember the joy of picking out your bedroom’s paint colour, choosing envy-inducing furniture, and even installing a beautiful chandelier to give your dining room a special focal point. 

But even though you take great care of your home, things don’t look quite as fabulous as they did when you first moved in. You know that your home needs a bit of an upgrade, and you want to start by transforming your floors. 

You’ve read a lot about the different options available to you and have one major question:

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Parquet floors for durability, reliability and beauty

Parquet wood floorsParquet floors are an amazing acquisition for your home, which you won’t regret, of that we are sure! Parquet wood floors namely offer comfort, which is unparalleled when it comes to your flooring options, furthermore, the wood parquet flooring offers more durability and reliability than other types of flooring, no matter which parquet hardwood floors you choose. In the continuation, we’ll explain some questions, like: what are parquet floors, how to style light or dark parquet floors and how to choose the appropriate parquet floors for your home.

What are parquet wood floors?

Parquet wood floors are pieces of wood or planks, which are glued or floated to the surface. Parquet floors are made from real wood, which offers comfort and regulates temperature. That means, that your parquet wood floors will feel warm underfoot in winter and cool in summer.

The professionals will expertly install your parquet floors and can also offer you advice and parquet flooring ideas for different laying options to create a beautiful and eye-catching design.

What are dark parquet floors

How to choose the appropriate parquet floors?

At Floor Experts you can choose among a variety of different parquet wood floors. We offer light, medium and dark parquet floors as well as some unique colours. Our parquet floors are made from different wood species, for example bamboo, beech, cherry, ebony, jatoba, maple, oak, pine, walnut, ash, larch, spruce, teak and others. Which parquet floors you choose, depends foremost on your preferences.

Light parquet wood floors definitely brighten up your home and are appropriate for rooms, where you would like to create an optic illusion of bigger space. Light parquet floors can offer an unobtrusive background for several styles: they go well with minimalistic, Scandinavian style can pastel colours, but they also represent a beautiful canvas for more colourful ideas. Dark parquet floors are more appropriate for bigger rooms and when we want to create an interesting contrast with lighter colours; darker parquet floors also correspond to rustic décor.

If you need more information or ideas about different wood species, laying options or colours of parquet floors, you can always contact professionals at Floor Experts – but rest assured, that whichever parquet wood floors, offered at Floor Experts, you’ll choose quality, beauty and reliability!

Parquet flooring installation – should you do it yourself?

Parquet flooring installation costParquet flooring installation follows the purchase, that much is obvious. But how the parquet flooring is installed is another question. Some people are very skilled, when it comes to home repairs, but there are some among us, which rely on the expertise of others, when it comes to installing parquet flooring and similar tasks – and this is absolutely right. We can’t all be masters of every craft and if you’re asking yourself how to install parquet wood flooring, it might be best to leave the process of parquet flooring installation to professionals. Next we will explain how to install parquet wood flooring properly, parquet flooring installation costs and will answer some other questions you might have.

The benefit of professional parquet flooring installation

We can guarantee that, regarding your home interior, the wood parquet flooring will be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. It’s durable, it’s sturdy and it will never go out of fashion. Different types of parquet floorings have been around for decades and there is no reason that this should change. However, how to install parquet wood flooring is another question. The complexity of parquet flooring installation is definitely not a reason for choosing other flooring, if parquet is what you want, and it is difficult only for the layman. There are professionals who have a lot of experiences and skills with installing parquet flooring and they will make sure, that your flooring is durable, perfectly levelled, comfortable and everlasting!

How to install parquet wood flooring in a nutshell

How to install parquet wood flooringAs we have mentioned before, parquet flooring installation demands a lot of skills. In case you don’t believe us, we’ll briefly explain how to install parquet wood flooring.

  • Preparation includes inspection of the subfloor, cleaning, levelling the surface, drying, making sure the ventilation is appropriate.
  • Planning: before the professionals begin with the parquet flooring installation, they need to make a plan, agree with you on the laying pattern, measure the surface and the middle of the wall and consider other possible factors.
  • Applying adhesive and installing parquet flooring: there’s not much room for mistakes here. We need to use the appropriate adhesive and carefully begin the parquet flooring installation with a clear end result in mind, add just enough pressure and finish the process without making mistakes.

Parquet flooring installation costs shouldn’t be seen as an unnecessary financial outflow, but rather as an investment in the stability and longevity of your parquet flooring.

How to lay parquet flooring and other related questions

How to lay parquet flooring is just one of the questions, people raise when deciding for parquet floors. The following article explores some parquet flooring ideas and focuses on how to lay parquet flooring/parquet flooring installation, where to buy parquet flooring and how to treat parquet flooring. Let’s start!

How to lay wood parquet flooring

The process of parquet flooring installation

Parquet flooring installation is best left to the professionals. Even though some people are very handy when it comes to works around the house, the answer to question how to lay parquet flooring is a bit more tricky than, for example, laying laminate. That fact, however, is not an argument against the high quality and reliability of buying parquet flooring, it just means that it’s best to hire an expert, who knows how to lay parquet flooring.

Nevertheless, we will explain the process of how to lay parquet flooring.
The parquet flooring installation includes these steps:

  • preparing the subfloor (cleaning it, levelling the subfloor, tightening loose areas),
  • aligning the floor ,
  • planning the parquet flooring installation and marking the centre of each wall,
  • applying adhesive,
  • laying the parquet panels,
  • repeating the process, until we reach the last row, which usually needs to be measured and cut/sawn,

If you want to know more about how to lay parquet flooring, you can always contact our experts.

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Where to buy parquet, how to treat it and some additional ideas

The question of how to lay parquet flooring also includes some parquet flooring ideas. You can choose several patterns: single herringbone, double herringbone, square or diagonal herringbone, diagonal basket, square basket, brick pattern and some more exotic patterns .

When buying the flooring, we shouldn’t just ask the question of how to lay parquet flooring – how to treat parquet flooring is also important. Your choice can really be everlasting, if you repair it, when you see the visible signs of wear. You can replace some damaged planks or just re-sand the whole surface and apply new finish.

Another guarantee for the durability of your new flooring is thinking about where to buy parquet flooring. At Floor Experts we only offer superb quality, which is in combination with truly vast collection of beautiful wood parquet floorings definitely a reason you should check our offer.

For more information on how to lay parquet flooring, different wood species and quality, feel free to contact us any time!

Dark laminate flooring in grey and brown colours for your home

Dark brown laminate flooringDark laminate flooring is suitable for traditional and contemporary homes. Rich dark colours create pleasant and welcoming feeling. Dark brown laminate flooring impresses with its depth and luxurious appearance, rustic look is very easy to create. Dark laminate flooring is suitable for small and big spaces with lots of light. Although it is mostly used for living rooms and bedrooms it also looks stunning in other rooms such as kitchen or hallway. It is great for combining with light coloured furniture and walls. Contrast between dark and light colours create very appealing look of a room. Dark laminate is also very easy to clean, it is less prone to show small scratches and other imperfections. It is also easier to install than light coloured laminate flooring.

Dark colours of laminate flooring are becoming very popular

We offer many different colours of laminate, from white to black. Laminate flooring can have very natural decor in light and dark brown colours to best imitate hardwood. Natural dark and light brown colours can have yellow, silver, red nuances which create more sophisticated look. With production technology that is available today, top layers of light and dark laminate flooring can look exactly like oak, walnut, cherry hardwood floors. Textures can also be very similar to real wood. Dark grey laminate flooring is becoming very popular among homeowners. Because grey colour is neutral it can be combined with light or dark furniture and other decorating features. It is very good for creating industrial appearance of your home. In our assortment you can also find dark and light multi-coloured laminate flooring. One plank contains many different colours from light to dark. This sort of laminate flooring colours create very playful and lively appearance.

Grey and brown dark colours of laminate flooring for traditional and modern look

Dark laminate flooring coloursMany colours of laminate flooring resemble natural colours of wood and stone. Therefore it is very hard to figure out if you have laminate flooring or hardwood and stone floors. Laminate flooring has many advantages comparing to hardwood floors. It is quicker and easier to install, it’s up keeping is simple and economical, it has many dark and light colours and textures to choose from and is suitable for underfloor heating. Comparing to natural stone, laminate flooring is much warmer to touch without underfloor heating, whole installing process is much cleaner and faster and furniture can be placed in a room right after it is installed. Some laminate flooring can withstand heavy loads and are suitable to be installed in public buildings.

Installing laminate flooring on concrete or wood with click system

Installing laminate flooring over wood subfloorInstalling laminate flooring is quick and simple process which does not require use of any special tools or special knowledge. Laminate flooring is especially suitable for quick renovations. There are many different installation systems for laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is installed without gluing, it is simply clicked in place. Click laminate flooring installation is very clean, it leaves behind almost no mess. There are two kinds of click installation systems: click in and click lock. With click in installation laminate planks are fitted one into another. Click lock system is very similar, the only difference is that click lock system is even quicker and more effective.

For concrete or wood subfloor use of rubber or foam underlayment is recommended

When laminate flooring is installed on concrete there are many factors that should be taken in account. First and probably most important factor is humidity of concrete surface. With newly built concrete floors, there is a period of time that has to be considered for concrete to appropriately dry. In case of big imperfections in concrete, they have to be levelled out before underlayment is installed. It is very advisable to install a vapour barrier between concrete and foam underlayment. That way the moisture of concrete won`t damage laminate flooring. Vapour barrier is also another temperature barrier which keeps cold air from concrete to influence laminate flooring. Concrete is very cold material so better and thicker barriers are installed between concrete and laminate, the warmer and cosier laminate flooring will be. Installing laminate flooring over wood subfloor is also possible. Best underlayment to put over wood subfloor is rubber or foam.

Install laminate flooring on concrete underlayment

Click system is used for installing laminate flooring on concrete surface

Laminate flooring can be used immediately after installation. Laminate flooring can be installed over concrete, wood or carpet subfloor or other surfaces. Installation of good quality underlayment is highly recommended. Installing underlayment is easy but it has to be done precise to avoid any tears. Laminate planks can have attached underlayment for easier and quicker installation of new flooring. Underlayment has many functions. It is a sound barrier, water barrier, temperature regulator, it evens out small underfloor imperfections and insures stability and natural contraction of laminate flooring. If laminate flooring is installed without underlayment, water and instability will soon damage it to a point where it will have to be replaced. Good quality underlayment is a good investment because it will prolong life span of your flooring.

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