If you are Australian and are in the flooring business, you???ll know that Spotted Gum and Blackbutt laminate flooring long boards are big sellers in Australia.
Australian long boards generally come in 1800, 2200 and 2400mm lengths. This makes the product really stand out from the crowd when you sit it next to a more common length of laminate flooring such as 1218mm.
Long board laminate flooring manufacturers don???t like to produce long boards in 1800mm because there is a lot of wastage from the raw HDF board which generally comes in lengths of 2445mm. So keep this in mind if you really want 1800mm long boards because they???ll be expensive to manufacture.
The wider the better
Not only are Australian long boards long, they are also pretty wide. They can be anything from 195 to 295mm wide. Just take a look at Australia???s hardwood sector and you???ll see that Australians love their flooring wide too.
The narrowest a professional Chinese long board manufacturer can produce is 159mm wide with a Unilin click. Any narrower than that is not recommended and would likely compromise quality.
Perhaps we are a bit biased, but we think 2200x195x12mm is the best size because that???s the size we currently manufacture for our Australian clients.
Can they handle it?
There aren???t many Chinese manufacturers that can produce long boards any longer than 1800mm. In fact, they are few and far between. This is simply because the majority of factories??? machines can???t handle the extra length.
Those Chinese laminate flooring manufacturers that can produce or 2200mm or 2400mm long boards are in a good position to succeed in Australia’s laminate flooring market because they???ll have barely any competition from competing suppliers.
Another issue with manufacturing long boards is avoiding the ???banana bend??? effect ??? because the boards are so long if not manufactured correctly they can bend like a banana. This is of course a major concern for Australians seeking long boards from a Chinese manufacturer.
The important thing here is using the right core board and giving the flooring suitable acclimation time. That way the ???banana bend??? effect can be totally avoided.
Quality in check
We know of only three reputable factories in China that can produce Australian long boards and we work with one of them.
If you want long boards manufactured then get in touch with Sunspeed Flooring. Sunspeed have experience in producing 2200x195x12mm and have onsite quality control to inspect every stage of the manufacturing process (from raw materials to packaged product).
Sunspeed Flooring are currently the only laminate flooring suppliers in China that actually implement a quality control system. Despite other manufacturers saying they have quality control, this is just hearsay. Even the biggest names in the business don???t have proper quality control systems, we know this because we visit their factories often.
Another thing you must confirm when choosing a long board manufacturer in China is that they can supply the flooring in long (one-piece) cartons. If you do not clearly specify this then manufacturers will more than likely supply two-piece cartons that join in the middle. This saves them money and the resulting carton looks cheap and unattractive.
Because laminate flooring long boards are such a special product it is vital you choose a laminate flooring manufacturer with experience in producing it. Make sure you are very picky when choosing a long board manufacturer and ask for proof and details of their experience of long board production in the past.
We hope this article was insightful. If you have any questions about laminate flooring long boards please post them in the comments section below and we???ll get back to you.
by Richard Marriott