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Are you sure this is Laminate?

laminate flooring

The flooring world is changing just like all the other building and construction industries. New technologies, new materials and new ideas popped up in 2014. Carpets seem to be softer and more luxurious, wood is roughed up and distressed, and laminate flooring gives more options and is becoming high-end.

Laminate floor uses multi-layer manmade composite board bonded together by a lamination method. The laminates simulate wood or stone under a clear protective layer that provides protection and ease of cleaning. Laminate is easy to install and comes in an array of colors and styles. You can even pick a hand scraped wood-like laminate for a rustic look.

Laminates are durable, hygienic and very easy to maintain. They are gorgeous and often you cannot tell if they are real wood or stone or something quite different. If you and your family are hard on floors, laminate is scratch resistant, and it is hard to tear, crack or destroy.

High gloss laminate flooring looks like the surface of a grand piano and invites you to look at the reflection of your room. Gorgeous laminate floors are glossy and shiny plus replicate the look of prefinished wood flooring. The best thing about laminate flooring? The price is affordable. You do not have to wax your high gloss laminate flooring on a regular basis. You can clean the floor with the standards tools like a dust mop or a broom. Use a mop on a regular basis and lightly cleanup spots with a damp rag.

Combine the rich look and feel of walnut flooring with the ease of cleaning, maintenance and budget over the cost of real wood floors. Inspired by walnut planks, walnut laminate flooring is manufactured with the same grain patterns that are unique to hardwood floors. Tongue and groove planks are clicked into one another. A foam/film underlayment provides moisture and sound-reducing properties. Lay it down and dare your guests to think it is not wood.

Tailor your decorating around your laminate flooring. Choose wood patterns that mimic walnut, oak, Brazilian woods, Mahogany, cherry wood, African Rosewood, stones or brick or even hammered metal. There are patterns that reflect the ageless antiquing of reclaimed and salvaged wood without the cost and upkeep. The biggest advantage to laminate floor is the ease of installation. The locking and floating aspects of your laminate floor are detailed, and you should have no trouble finishing a typical room in a day.

Laminate floors are very versatile and durable. Laminate is a printed strip of vinyl or melamine resin layered over a composite board. Many textures and styles of flooring can be replicated using this method. Laminate’s base is a fiber core board with a realistic wood-look photo on top. Wood-like flooring is made to stand up to high traffic and higher impact. Laminate is versatile. It can be installed and look beautiful in any room in your home. If you want the beauty of hardwood or tile or the funky addition of hammered metal, choose laminate. Cleaning is a breeze; just don’t use acidy cleaners, or you may mar the glossy finish.

What Kind of Laminate Flooring Does Australia Prefer?

It’s really remarkable how laminate flooring as a new material affects the home flooring projects in the past 20 years. Laminate flooring grew into the new beloved not only because of its advantages of high resistance, easy maintenance and water resistance but also for the vivid imitation of wood like colors and surface designs which even make the real wood floors eclipsed. Although there are diverse laminates circulating in the flooring market currently and each type of them attracts lots of consumers, when it comes to a specific type, it seems that each country has its NO. 1 nationally favored products. So what’s it in Australia?

To find this out, we specially had an interview with Sam Xue, Sunspeed Flooring sales manager who has been in charge of Australia market for 6 years.

Bigger Size

“Australia’s requests are very special compared with Asia countries.” Said Xue “They prefer longer and wider boards decorated by spotted gum and blackbutt wood colors. As to surface, high gloss laminate flooring will be the eternal choice at least to most Australians.”

Later we checked some Australian contracts from Xue noticing that the product length mainly floats between 1800 and 2400mm, width between 195 and 295mm. This makes the product really stand out from the crowd when you sit it next to a more common size of laminate flooring such as 1218x197mm.

Unilin Fans

“Most Australian customers prefer Unilin click products considering the Unilin lock will make installation stonger.” Xue explained “But actually, no matter what the click system is, easy and tight installation will not be a problem to laminate flooring. And the patent charge of Unilin Company makes Unilin laminate flooring more expensive than common boards.”

High Gloss Surface

Just as Xue said, Australians prefer this smooth surface of high gloss. I think that’s mainly because this mirror surface resembles solid wood flooring extremely.

Local Wood Colors

Just like Thai people prefer teak wood colors, Australians devote their sole love to their local wood species. When you ask them what kind of wood colors they want their floors to be decorated with, the answers will mostly limited to blackbutt, spotted gum and Jarrah. Those dark laminate flooring seems quite popular in Australia land.

Hope the above information could be helpful to flooring companies who plan to stride into Australia market. And if you are Australia reader looking for laminate flooring suppliers, please don’t hesitate to contact Sunspeed Flooring by enquiry@sunspeedflooring.com for product details.