What is Laminate Flooring?
Laminate is a manufactured flooring product with uniquely durable features. The surface pattern that you see in laminate is actually a printed image on the surface of the material. While you can find Laminate floors in different styles to mimic all kinds of natural materials Laminate floors that typically look like wood dominate the market. Although most laminate looks like hardwood, it is not made from any hardwood species.
What to Look for in a Laminate Floor
- A strong backing layer and dense core layer
- Boards that are engineered to connect tightly and sit level when they snap together – look for dense, treated edges that create a seamless snug fit that will stayed locked over the life of the floor
- An authentic, well printed hardwood reproduction
- A UV surface to protect the image from fading
- A wear layer with an abrasion class (AC) of 3 or higher
- A grade suitable to the application, your needs or budget
- Only purchase from authentic suppliers
There are over 60 different laminates imported into NSW. The vast majority have warranties that cannot be supported by the importer. Carpet Right only use quality suppliers in order to provide you with a peace of mind purchase and assurance of
the guarantee on offer.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Laminate Floors
- Laminates are generally more affordable than their hardwood look-alikes
- Laminates are durable, low-maintenance and long-wearing, suitable for busy family homes
- Laminates are available in a wide variety of colours and styles to suit the
personality of any room
- Laminates are easy to install and hypoallergenic once installed
- Can be noisy underfoot
- Must not be used in moist areas, kitchens / bathrooms unless treated
- Subject to extreme temperature changes. Do not install in homes that are
locked up for an extended period eg Holiday Homes
- Cheaper qualities can scratch