Designflooring is a more versatile and practical alternative to laminate flooring in numerous aspects. One of the first differences you’ll notice when working with Karndean is that LVT is far quieter than laminate. This is because designflooring is made from a vinyl composition as opposed to laminate which is created using rigid fibreboard.
Unlike laminate, Karndean offers a range of installation types including loose lay and glue down allowing you to tailor your flooring solution to each project. LooseLay is a great option for commercial spaces who require minimal downtime whilst fitting takes place, or for a space requiring easy access to underfloor storage or heating systems.
The most significant difference between laminate and designflooring though, is their reaction to differing environments. Laminate flooring will react substantially to changes such as moisture, heat or cold. Moisture is absorbed by laminate and causes the planks to warp as they dry out, making use in a kitchen, bathroom or utility room problematic. Heat and cold will also cause problems; laminate flooring will naturally expand in the heat, which can cause buckling, and contract in the winter, which can cause splitting.
Karndean however, will withstand surface water and temperature fluctuation without any damage to the tile. Furthermore, with commercial slip ratings it is far more adherent to health and safety regulations than laminate, which when wet can be hazardous – making LVT a much more viable solution for any residential or commercial project.
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