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Tips for Matching Laminate Flooring with the Right Underlay

If you’re looking to fit a laminate floor, you will need to consider the type of underlay you use. Here are some helpful tips:

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The subfloor is what is underneath your floor covering. If you are laying laminate on top of a concrete subfloor, you will need to think about protection from moisture which can be transmitted through the concrete. Damp is damaging to laminate, causing it to swell and eventually leading to buckling of your floor.

If you are putting laminate on top of floorboards, you will want to have a breathable barrier that allows moisture to naturally dissipate. The only exception to that is if you ware laying laminate in a bathroom.

Types of Underlay

•       Standard – a thick layer of foam, standard underlay provides some cushioning but it doesn’t have a moisture barrier. Most commonly used over floorboards.
•       Combination – a foam layer combined with a vapour barrier that will stop moisture from below. Most commonly used on concrete floors – can also be used on floorboards.
•       Cork – if your primary consideration is reducing the noise from your laminate floor, then choose cork, which has great deadening properties.

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Laminate is a versatile flooring option, as shown in this article from Ideal Home: It comes in a range of styles, both wood effect and coloured such as this grey laminate flooring from

Underlay is completely hidden by the laminate, so you don’t need to worry about how it looks.

Things to consider when choosing an antique fireplace

One of the most beloved heating solutions for British homes is the ageless fireplace. If back in the days a fireplace was the most practical solution to get heating for your home, as you didn’t have any modern heating systems and the great variety you have today, nowadays the fireplace is seen as a classical solution and more of a fashion accessory rather than being used for heating your home. Many people even install fake fireplaces into their homes just because they look nice, which is ok, but if you truly want to stand out you will need to get a real fireplace, and not just any type of fireplace, but an antique one.

So how do you decide which antique fireplace is best for your home? How do you know that the style of the fireplace you are about to order will match the style of your home? What things should you consider when choosing the design and is it really worth it to get an antique fireplace as a practical solution for heating your home? Or will it be better to just get a cheaper, phony one and heat your home like most people do, with contemporary home heating solutions? The answers to all of the questions above will hopefully suit your liking in the rows below.

Let’s go through the questions above one by one and try to answer each of them individually. How do you decide which antique fireplace style is best for your home? This one is pretty easy as it pretty much depends on the style of how your house is built, both on the inside and one the outside. Of course that you can always design your home to be completely different on the inside than how it is on the outside, but not many people choose that path.

How do you know which style your home is built in so that you can suit your antique fireplace with it?  Here it is probably best to ask an expert to pay a short visit to your house and have his say on what design style your home has so that you can suit your antique fireplace accordingly. Of course that you can always send him some pictures and save some of his time, and most probably some of your money.

Is it really worth it to get a fake fireplace instead of the real deal? It depends a lot on the size of your budget, the size of your home and why not, how much you are into antique fireplaces. Is it just a passing wish? Or did you always wanted an antique fireplace? If you are not much of a fan and only think it looks nice then you don’t need the real deal, but if the answer of the latter question is yes, then make your wish come true and get the real deal, an antique fireplace of your liking and enjoy it as much as you can, you only live once.

You can always combine both heating solutions, contemporary and antique fireplaces if you own a big home, nothing should be excluded, just make sure that you will enjoy the end result.

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