In Summary
  • Laminate flooring has been in the Kenyan market for a long time but is lately gaining a lot of popularity.
  • People are looking for pocket-friendly products that can serve them for a long period of time.

Flooring is one of the important features forming the structure of any well-designed home or building. As a result, choosing a floor is a taxing chore, given the almost infinite supply of different options for flooring. Wood flooring has for long been the top choice because of its beauty and natural appearance. Lately, laminate flooring has made inroads in many Kenyan homes, largely because of its authentic look so close to the wooden flooring, but with more practical benefits.

RAW MATERIALS

Mr Isaac Maikweki, a sales executive at Floor Décor Kenya, a company dealing in laminate flooring offered some insight as to what exactly laminate flooring is and why many Kenyans seem to favour it.

“Laminate flooring is made of fibreboard and wood particles compressed together, then laminated.

Lamination is the clear finish on the multilayer compressed product,” says Mr Maikweki.

HOW TO INSTALL LAMINATE

Installation of laminate flooring is a fairly easy process and given the right access, homeowners can do it for themselves.

“The first step is ensuring that your floor is level to avoid squeaking of the flooring later,” advises Mr Maikweki.

He continues, “Before installing laminates, one should lay an underlay whose purpose is to prevent moisture from beneath from reaching and damaging the laminates. It also serves as a padding that offers comfort to those using it.”

Poor installation may result in warping of the flooring. A common mistake made during its installation is failure to allow room for expansion of the boards during high temperatures. Since the boards have no room for expansion, they warp upwards, destroying the flooring, explains the sales executive. If you are not confident to follow the steps, Mr Maikweki advises that you should engage professionals.

COST FACTOR

Laminate flooring has been in the Kenyan market for a long time but is lately gaining a lot of popularity.

People are looking for pocket-friendly products that can serve them for a long period of time.

“Laminate floorboards come in different levels of quality and the difference in quality level determines its price. On average, the floorboards range from Sh2,650-Sh3,650 per square metre,” notes Mr Maikweki, adding that this is more affordable compared to pure wood boards, which range from Sh8,500-Sh10,500 per square metre.

Mr Maikweki further notes that it is cheap to install laminate flooring, with costs being as low as Sh200 per square metre, and Sh500 per square metre if installing a staircase.

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