Before you buy

Laminate buying guide

Laminate buying guide

Laminate flooring remains a popular choice in many homes and is great for living areas and rooms where carpet isn’t recommended, like your kitchen.

Why choose laminate?

Laminate is a durable flooring option, so it well in high traffic areas in your home such as hallways and landings. However, due to the inflexible nature of the material, laminate is not suitable for stairs.

It’s easy to maintain, warm underfoot and is incredibly durable – our range is scuff, scratch, fade and even burn resistant. As well as being low maintenance, dust mites can’t live within laminate flooring, making it an ideal choice for allergy sufferers.

Making your style selection

Our range of laminate flooring includes realistic hardwood and stone textures, to create the look and feel of the real thing, at a fraction of the price. The multiple layers of laminate flooring ensure your real wood or stone look remains protected, giving you a great finish suitable for any room.

It’s easy to maintain, warm underfoot and is incredibly durable – our range is scuff, scratch, fade and even burn resistant. As well as being low maintenance, dust mites can’t live within laminate flooring, making it an ideal choice for allergy sufferers.

With so many textures, finishes and styles to choose from, the hardest part of laminate flooring is making your selection. That’s why we’ve separated our range into four collections:

Laminate underlay

Choosing the right underlay for your laminate flooring is an important part of the selection process.

Teaming your laminate selection with the right type of underlay gives insulation for heat and sound, as well as comfort and cushioning underfoot. To get the best value out of your new laminate flooring we’d always recommend buying new underlay alongside it, and the thicker the underlay the more noise protection it will give you.

Our in-store carpet & flooring specialists will help you make your selection, or call our dedicated team on 0800 731 0048.

The perfect finish

As well as underlay, every laminate range comes with its own selection of finishing touches, such as beading and door bars.

Laminate flooring is usually fitted against your skirting boards, which creates the need for beading in order to get a neater finish.

However, we’d recommend you consider having your skirting boards removed ahead of your laminate flooring being fitted. This would mean you don’t need beading and you’ll achieve the perfect finish. This would have to be done by a professional joiner, not an ScS flooring fitter.

Our in-store carpet & flooring specialists can help you choose what’s best, or you can consult our dedicated team on 0800 731 0048 for advice.

Fitting your laminate flooring

Once you’ve ordered your laminate flooring, we will be happy to arrange for an ScS approved fitter to come to your home to fit it for you, at an additional cost.

To arrange for a fitter to visit your home, please give our online team a call on 0800 731 0048, or contact the ScS store where you purchased your flooring.


Once you’ve chosen your laminate and it’s fitted into place, you can keep it looking fresh and bright with our handy tips. See our Laminate Care Guide for aftercare advice.

Your laminate flooring questions, answered

  • How can I pay for my new laminate flooring?

    At ScS, we accept all major credit and debit cards in-store and online, including Visa, Mastercard, Maestro and American Express, as well as PayPal. In-store, you can also pay with cash.

    Alternatively, take advantage of our 4 years' free credit offer, 0% APR representative offer, available on all sofa and flooring purchases over £250. Choose the 'Pay Monthly' option at the basket and one of our personal shopping advisors will then call you to walk you through the credit application and process your order.

  • When will my laminate flooring be delivered and how much will it cost?

    As each order is tailor-made to your requirements, we’ll let you know when you should expect to receive your flooring at the point of purchase. You can find out more information here.

    There is a £49 delivery cost, but this may increase if you live outside of a 30-mile radius of your nearest ScS store. Read more about delivery charges here.

  • Who will fit my new laminate flooring?

    The fitting of your laminate is not included in the delivery cost, and we do not fit any flooring ourselves. However, we can arrange for an independent fitter to fit your flooring for you. If you’re buying online call our dedicated carpet & flooring team on 0800 731 0048 after you’ve placed your order, and they’ll be able to help you arrange your fitting.

    Payment should be made to your flooring fitter on the day of installation and the contract for the work is between you and the fitter. The current fitting rate for laminate is £11 per square metre.

    You can find out more about our flooring fitting charges here.

    Please note that your laminate will need to acclimatise for a few days within the room in which it will be laid, before fitting takes place.

  • How long is my laminate guaranteed for?

    At ScS, we offer a 12 month guarantee on any parts and labour should anything go wrong when fitting your new flooring, however the product itself is guaranteed for up to 20 years.

    Further information can be found in the product information when you view our laminate flooring online.

  • How can I clean my new laminate?

    Buying new flooring is an investment and we understand that you want it to look good for years to come.

    Regular sweeping will keep your floor free of any dust and dirt. It’s really important that you don’t allow any liquid to lay on your new flooring for a long period of time, so dry up any spills as quickly as possible, and never clean with excessive amount of water.

    For aftercare help and advice, please read our Laminate Care Guide.