Despite the international downturn in economic conditions, the demand for innovative laminate flooring in Johannesburg remains high. Building projects continue almost unabated, from luxurious homes, office complexes, retail nodes to affordable housing projects.
On the other hand, home improvements and upgrades have become more popular in many sectors, where owners desire improvements and see more value in remaining where they are, rather than selling and buying a new or better dwelling, particularly in the Gauteng region. Suppliers in the Johannesburg area certainly are kept busy; every building needs at least one of their products.
The choices on offer are many and diverse. Firstly, the purpose of the building should be clearly defined, paying careful attention to expected traffic volumes. A retail centre or public buildings would probably require the most durable, hard wearing products, which should additionally take public safety into account and provide a slip resistant surface.
Hygiene requirements, ease of cleaning and maintenance are important to all, although specific use of areas encountered in hospitals, restaurants, kitchens, and bathrooms deserve special attention. Not only is cleanliness of paramount importance for these applications, but floors in these areas are likely to be exposed to spills and moderate to heavy soiling. Surfaces must resist penetration of moisture, to be durable and hygienic, resisting bacterial growth.
Fortunately for architects, specifiers and homeowners, research, development and testing of modern floor coverings ensures that there are ranges and choices available to satisfy every need. Products are graded according to various characteristics, which include wear, colour fastness, and chip and scratch resistance in the case of hard flooring.
Tiles are available in natural stone, vinyl, carpet, ceramic, and porcelain materials. Carpets have evolved to such a degree that some are suited to remarkably high traffic volumes and commercial applications. Hardwood floors, which became unfashionable at one stage, to the extent that they were overlaid with carpets, are back in vogue, despite being relatively pricey.
One of the most popular alternatives is the use of laminates, which have the appearance of hardwood strips, and are practical and affordable. Laminate floors are manufactured of layers of melamine resin and fibreboard, which are laminated together for stability and durability. The uppermost layer consists of precision photographed wood grain, which is in turn sealed with a clear layer to prolong its wear and appearance. Although not recommended for damp areas which are regularly exposed to water, laminate flooring can be used for most other applications, including those which experience relatively high traffic volumes, because they are graded accordingly.
Whatever the preference, a reputable supplier of laminate flooring in Johannesburg will gladly assist and guide buyers through the multitude of products on offer, ensuring years of attractive function and ultimate peace of mind in making the best purchase of this all important component.