If you’re looking for an inexpensive alternative to timber flooring, then laminate is for you.
Laminate is made from very thinly cut pieces of wood, which are arranged in layers and glued together with the grains running parallel to each other. This flooring is cheaper than the real wood, but with very much the same look and feel.
The flooring itself is made up of high density fibre board, which is sandwiched between two layers of high pressure laminate. This process allows for it to mimic the colour and grain of timber, giving that very natural, timber-like look.
Because unlike timber, laminate is an artificial substance, it is very resistant to dents, scratches and stains. This high degree of durability makes it an excellent option for high foot traffic areas of your home such as kitchens, living rooms and dining rooms, as well as public facing areas of our business such as a reception or lobby.
Installation is another key advantage of selecting timber laminate. Firstly, it is a relatively easy flooring option to install. Most people with some carpentry experience or experience in installing other forms of flooring would be able to make a weekend project out of it. However, for those not 100% confident in their abilities, it’s best to have a professional lay the flooring in order to avoid causing damage to the boards and needing to start over.
Furthermore, laminate can be laid over a variety of foundations including concrete, Structaflor and existing floors such as tiles or timber. This makes it a great choice for pre-existing properties where the floor just needs replacing, as it’s likely that timber laminate will be able to be properly laid.
Timber laminate flooring also comes in a variety of shades, meaning you’ll be able to create the exact look you want, while sticking to your budget. When looking at shades of timber laminate, keep in mind what sort of furniture and décor will be in the room, as well as how well lit the room is. For example, a dark room with dark floors will struggle to let in any light. However, a lighter timber laminate with even just natural light will brighten up a room.
Whether your budget isn’t allowing for real hardwood floors, or the durability of laminate sounds like the perfect option for you and your home or business, timber laminate is a great option for a variety of people.