What is a Laminate Floor?
A Laminate Floor is a popular alternative to solid wood flooring but without the problems that timber is renowned for.
Laminate is made up of four different layers:
At the bottom is the balancing layer. This helps to prevent your flooring from bowing (curving in the middle) if the flooring is installed correctly.
The next layer is an HDF (High-Density Fibre) Board that is both moisture-resistance and durable. This helps to protect your flooring when liquids are spilled on to it.
Next is the most important layer because it is the layer that gives the real wood effect that you and your family will be able to see and that complements your home. Named the design layer, it is essentially a high-resolution photograph of real wood that has been created using innovative technology methods.
On top of the design layer, is a transparent overlay that is wear-resistant and protects the surface of your laminate flooring from spillages, stains, scratching, impact etc.
We offer a wide range of oak laminate flooring in 10mm, 10mm Extra Wide and 12mm planks options. They are designed to suit your tastes or the requirements of your space, with a selection of colours from the pale subtleties of White (try the Polar White Varnished Oak) to the rich tones of Dark Brown (look at the Brushed Rodos Oak). There is a laminate to suit the colour palette that you are aiming for, no matter if you are looking to create a contemporary or traditional feel to your home.
Laminate vs. Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood is commonly considered to be the best flooring option due to its durability and strength, however, there are many reasons why you might choose to purchase a laminate instead.
Hardwoods are sourced from slow-growing trees. This effectively pushes the cost of the flooring upwards making it an expensive option for many of us. Laminates, however, are manufactured from composite materials with a "photo" of the hardwood placed on top, creating a flooring that is considerably more affordable.
The pressed wood nature of laminate also ensures that it is more durable than hardwoods, which tend to be easier to scratch. Laminates are easier to clean without worrying that cleaning products might damage the material.
Our laminates all come from the Swiss Krono range:
The 10mm Laminate Range uses the ExpressClic Fixing System to make installation quick and easy. Each board features V4 Micro Bevels on each side are designed to be longer than average boards. Available as either Classic or Premium. The classic options have a Class 32 wear-rating and include a 20-year warranty, and includes the following floors:
Brushed Cotton Oak
Brushed Fumed Oak
The premium options have a Class 33 wear-rating with a 30-year warranty and includes:
Natural Varnished Oak
Polar White Varnished Oak
Clay Grey Natural Varnished Oak
The 10mm Extra Wide Range features boards with a width of 244mm, which are the perfect choice if you want to create a feeling of space. With a Class 31 wear-rating, these are great if you have a busy household.
The 12mm Laminate Range is suitable if you are looking for a flooring that offers both strength and durability. With a satin effect board finish, these boards have a Class 32 wear-rating and include a 20-year residential warranty.