Cheap laminate flooring that ticks every box
Feeling the pinch?
Name us someone who isn’t right now.
As interest rates and household bills soar, updating your flooring was probably the last thing on your ‘to do’ list. And if you’ve chosen to do it now, it’s probably out of necessity – rather than a fleeting desire to keep up with the trends or change the colour scheme.
Cheap and cheerful is your MO. You just need some new flooring, that does the job well and doesn’t leave you sliding into your overdraft. Which is completely understandable.
But what if we said, that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style or quality?
Forget about those overpriced carpets that you’ve bought in the past or solid hardwood with its eye-watering price tag. Laminate flooring is the solution.
Never considered it before?
Here’s just a few of the questions that first-time laminaters usually contact us with.
Your laminate flooring questions – answered
1. How much does laminate flooring cost?
As a general rule, laminate flooring is fairly cheap.
It may look like wood, particularly since recent advances in printing technology. But it’s actually just high-density fibreboard, with a top layer that’s been printed with a wooden pattern. As a result, it’s relatively inexpensive to make and costs £15 - £80 per m2 on average.
Here at Carpet Underlay Shop, our 8mm laminate flooring is currently available for £19.99 per m2, placing it right at the lower end of this price range. But that doesn’t mean it’s poor quality.
Coming in four popular colourways, with a deep embossed wood grain texture, it looks impressive. In fact, it’s pretty difficult to tell apart from engineered or real hardwood! It’s also AC4 rated – which means it offers excellent resistance to scratches, stains, water and impact. And due to its solid construction, it’s incredibly durable and will last for many years.
2. Do I need to buy laminate underlay?
A common misconception is that laminate flooring doesn’t require underlay. But the truth is, it actually has many advantages. For a start, it will greatly improve the final look and feel of your laminate, and significantly enhance its underfoot comfort.
By correcting any imperfections in the subfloor, laminate underlay creates a smooth surface for the flooring and provides essential support and stability. It improves both thermal and sound insulation, retaining heat and reducing impact noise. And it can also help to prevent warping and buckling, often caused by dampness in the subfloor.
As a leading supplier, perhaps we’re biased – but we believe its importance cannot be overstated. And our recommendation for most projects is Royale 7mm Professional Sonic Gold Underlay.
This is one of the best laminate underlays currently available. Made from a unique foam structure, with an insulative gold-foil backing, it demonstrates a wide range of useful properties and will guarantee the best results. Yet, it’s available for the affordable price of just £7.98 per m2.
3. Can I install it myself?
Even for a DIY novice, it’s quick and easy to install. You just need to do a little prep work before you start. Be sure to read our step-by-step guides on how to lay hard flooring and laminate underlay. Get to grips with the full process and, when it comes to the actual fitting, remember to take your time.
Of course, one of the main advantages of taking the DIY route is that it’s cheaper.
To lay laminate, a professional will charge either per square metre or a daily rate. And for a small room, you’re looking at prices around £20 per m2 or £270 a day. Larger rooms are likely to be much more than this. So where’s the harm in giving it a go and potentially saving yourself a bit of money?
4. Is laminate difficult to maintain?
Durability is one of the main benefits of laminate flooring. It’s designed to last for 15-25 years on average, and it’s certainly not difficult to keep it looking as good as new.
The trick is to add a high-quality laminate flooring underlay during the installation. This is by far the best way to protect your flooring against damage – improving both its stability and impact-resistance, and ultimately, maximising its lifespan.
Then, all you need to do is vacuum regularly and clean the surface – about once a week – with a microfibre mop. Just make sure this is only slightly damp, as too much water can cause distortion and warping in the laminate. And always deal with any spillages as quickly as possible.
Further maintenance tips can be found in our previous blog.
5. Will it make my home cold?
Laminate is a temperature-absorbent material, and it can sometimes feel a little cool underfoot. This is particularly true during the winter months, when cold air is likely to rise up from the subfloor.
However, there is an easy solution – just add laminate flooring underlay…
Sandwiched between the subfloor and flooring, this creates an extra layer of insulation – reducing heat loss, helping to maintain a comfortable temperature and improving the feel of the laminate.
The benefits of this can be two-fold. Not only does it make the room much cosier, it also reduces the need for central heating and often leads to lower energy bills. Win-win!
Buy your cheap laminate flooring today
If you’re in urgent need of new flooring, but don’t have a lot of spare cash to play with, you really can’t go wrong with laminate. Affordable, easy to install, durable enough to last – and stylish too. It ticks all the right boxes and will do the job perfectly, without breaking the bank in the process.
So why not browse our collection and place your order today?
If you have any further questions – or would like additional advice on the best products and how to keep the cost of your project to a minimum – please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We appreciate just how difficult things are right now and we’ll do everything we can to help.
- Alex Illidge