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The surface of these floor coverings is made of high-quality, wear-resistant fiberboard or plastic. They are made with a durable, innovative core that adds strength and durability.
One of the biggest advantages of laminate flooring over real wood flooring is that it can appear just as attractive and authentic – yet without the wear-and-tear issues and maintenance problems.
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Types of Laminate Flooring
You can choose from a variety of laminate flooring types. There are many types of laminate flooring that are beautiful and cost-effective, including hardwood, slate, and ceramic.
This flooring mimics wood, stone or tile, and is considered by many to be the next big design trend. It consists of layers of fiberboard topped with an image of wood, tile, or stone.
Using laminate flooring, you can easily achieve wood, tile, or stone looks without having to deal with cleaning soiled grout joints. There are no burns, scratches, or heat effects, and the material is very easy to maintain.
It is often mistaken for real engineered hardwood flooring. Engineered wood flooring is made up of real wood plies that have been laminated together. As a contrast, laminate floors are composed of fiberboards with top layers of melamine resins and photographic prints.
Flooring made from laminate can be used anywhere. Due to its resilience, it has become a popular choice for applications below, at, or above grade as a result of its ability to resist humidity and moisture.
There are many types of laminate flooring, each available in many different styles, colours, and textures.
Based on Installation Type
- Laminate flooring that requires no glue
Glueless laminate flooring installation involves installing tiles or planks without adhesive. Getting them anchored to the floor requires the right method. Installing them is easy and they are indeed more popular on the market.
- Glued laminate flooring
The joints will need to be glued together. While this type of installation will result in a very strong floor once installed, its cost and time will be higher than with a glueless installation.
- Pre-glued laminate flooring
Instead of applying glue separately to the planks, these planks are already painted with glue, so all you have to do is snap the planks together.
For some edges, you need to dampen them to activate the glue. So be sure to read the installation instructions carefully before you begin. This type of flooring can also not be messed with since the tongue and grooves are already secured with glue. Furthermore, installation is easy and quick.
- Underlayment attached
The glueless planks come with an underlayment for easy installation, so you don’t have to worry about glue as all you need to do is to snap them in place. Locking systems consist of tongues and grooves of a variety of types. Noise is reduced by the underlayment attached.
Based on the Material It Imitates
- Wood flooring laminate
Flooring like this is made up of thin layers of solid wood with an upper layer of wood veneer and an acrylic finish that makes it tough and durable. Compared to other laminate options, it has thicker planks. Different wooden designs are available for the models.
With their new technology, manufacturers now offer not only hardwood veneers but also printed types. With solid hardwood, you will not be able to tell the difference. By lightly sanding and refinishing laminate wood flooring after years of usage, laminate wood flooring can be brought back to its former glory.
- Plastic laminate flooring
Although not as widely used as wooden laminate, this material can be versatile nonetheless. A laminated plastic floor is manufactured from fibreboard which contains imposed photo images. Plastic laminates come in a variety of styles, so there is plenty of choices. Plastic flooring is not recommended for bathrooms since it retains a lot of moisture.
- Stone laminate flooring
Laminate with a stone appearance is designed to mimic the beauty and realism of real stone. For a completely natural-looking floor, this flooring offers rich colours, unique textures, dimensional depth and variations, as well as indents and ridges mimicking natural stone.
- Tiles laminate flooring
Laminated tiles are available in planks varying in width from 12 to 16 inches by 3 to 4 feet long, or as individual tiles varying in size from 12 to 24 inches square. Tiles like these look like ceramics.
Based on Texture
Laminate flooring should resemble the material it’s meant to mimic, whether it’s tile, stone, or wood. You should examine the laminates under various light conditions before making your purchase so you can get an idea of how it will look at different times of the day and decide the direction in which the laminates should be installed.
Surfaces with thicker textures are slip-resistant, which is crucial if the floor will be in bathrooms, kitchens, or entryways. Laminate flooring can be subdivided into the following categories based on its texture:
These tiles are made to look like other tile floor products like ceramic and marble. While ceramic and marble tiles have grooves between each tile, their material is more durable and easier to clean due to their lack of grooves.
- Embossed laminate flooring
They are made of heat-sensitive polymer materials that are raised in different patterns and can be cut into square blocks or rectangles.
This is an embossing or all over texture that does not match the grooves of the printed grain. Though not the most realistic, it gives the appearance of natural wood grain.
- Embossed in Register (EIR):
This type of embossing matches the grooves of the printed grain exactly and produces a very realistic wooden surface.
Originally available only for engineered or solid hardwood floors, this antiqued finish now adds a unique touch to laminate floors. The process is either done manually or by using pre-existing floorboards.
Based on Floor Construction
1. HPL Flooring (High-Pressure Laminate)
It is a type of construction in which the planks are fused together in a single or two-step process. In the high-end market, high pressure is used on more expensive brands. First, multiple layers will be glued together, then other materials will be fused to them, then glued together to form a plank. Comparatively, this finish is harder and more durable than DPL.
2. DPL Flooring (Direct Pressure Laminate)
In the majority of laminates, the layers are pressed and heated together to form a bond by direct pressure, which assembles the layers together. The cost of manufacturing is reduced because all materials are combined in one step.
Based on Gloss Level
Does your laminate floor come in either a high gloss (fine finish) or low gloss (matte) finish? It’s up to you to decide which look fits your décor or personal tastes best.
Whatever the gloss level, laminate floors don’t exhibit much difference in performance or durability. Surface scratches will be more easily concealed on low-gloss floors than on high-gloss floors.
Based on Pattern
Choosing a laminate floor design can be a challenge due to the wide variety of patterning options available, ranging from thin strips to symmetrical checkerboard parquet.
The following are some of the most common patterns:
- Traditional floorboards planks
- Thin strip flooring
- Wide plank floorboards
- Herringbone patterns and chevron pattern
Features of Laminate Flooring
Product line features contribute to differentiating between the different types offered. With laminate flooring, this is certainly true. When choosing laminate flooring, consider the following features:
- Water-resistant /waterproof
- Noise resistant
- Easy to install
- No waxing or polishing needed
- Okay with radiant floor heating.
You can choose your laminate based on the edge type. There are 3 options
Colour Varieties of Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring colours are broadly classified by light, medium and dark brown tones. Here are examples of each:
Dark laminate flooring
Dark laminate flooring has been coated to create a rich, dark surface that will stand up to everyday wear and tear, yet is still easy to clean. The dark colour will hide spills from view.
It features a sophisticated dark colour that will complement your furniture and decor with natural oak accents for a beautiful touch, while the 21mm thick board has great durability and strength.
Dark Laminate combines vibrant colour with a deep finish to create an inviting room that exudes comfort and a sophisticated look..
Medium shade laminate flooring
Our medium colour laminate flooring is made of top quality wood, featuring a dark hue that will complement any palette!
A touch of rich warmth and a practical choice for any room. With its medium shade, realistic wood look and low maintenance laminate flooring, our medium shade laminate flooring products are perfect to use in any room in your home, including the living room and bedrooms where the day-to-day routine can take its toll on a floor’s appearance. Their soft rustic tone and warm undertones bring together simplicity and comfort in an elegant natural wood feel.
Light laminate flooring
Light laminate flooring varies between planks, making it the perfect complement to painted walls or wood floors. This floor has a unique satin finish, which creates a warm and natural look. It is ideal for creating that modern look in kitchens.
A straightforward yet striking beauty, the light laminate flooring is versatile and easy to match. The hardwearing surface cannot be beaten for durability and can be used to create comfortable areas in all types of room— kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms and more
Our light laminate flooring looks great with a dark colour scheme, so choose the finish that looks best with your décor.
Grey laminate floor colour
Its lighter grey laminate tops provide a cool look and feel that enhance any room in your home, whether it’s a kitchen, dining room, living room or hallway. And with flecks of warm tones throughout, grey laminate flooring has a distinctive appearance that will work with virtually any interior decor style.
The pattern is perfectly balanced between light and dark tones. It is truly unique!
Dark colours are best for basements and the lowest level. Grey is a very neutral colour that will work with almost any home decor. The beauty of laminate flooring is that it can be made to resemble almost anything, so it’s possible to have a different look on different levels of the home.
Red laminate floor colour
The red laminate flooring is built with a hardwearing top layer and a soft finish. Ideal for commercial installs, it resists scuffs and scratches for lasting wear. The bright red colour adds a fresh, modern finish to classic or contemporary décors, while its durable construction provides years of maintenance-free performance.
The red laminate floor looks like solid hardwood but it’s low maintenance and durable, making it a great choice for people with busy lifestyles.
Orange colour laminate flooring
Our orange colour laminate flooring is a flooring solution that adds tremendous value to any home. Our premium orange wood laminate flooring has the appearance of natural hardwood, engineered for durability and convenience. Perfect for kitchens with little natural light, this flooring colour provides a warm glow and will stay beautiful and fend off scratches longer than ever before.
For crystal-clear, lasting quality that looks great and goes easy on your budget, count on the knowledgeable team at Wood Flooring Direct for the very finest orange laminate flooring available.
Brown laminate floor colour
Dark brown is an inviting warm-toned colour that highlights the light in your kitchen and living areas. We think dark brown will help any space look lively and beautiful
From the office to the home, this brown laminate floor colour from Wood Flooring direct is made to finish your spaces beautifully and add a unique layer of sophistication.
Tan laminate floor
This stylish laminate floor from Wood Flooring Direct comes with an adorable tan laminate wood finish and features your choice of a brilliant red underlay on a solid black polycarbonate base frame.
It is the ideal choice for refurbishment, new construction or renovation projects – and helps you bring style into your home. Our tan laminate flooring has an authentic wood look and feel that you want in your home. Its durable construction is also a great choice for high-use areas such as kitchens, halls and playrooms.
Yellow laminate flooring colour
Yellow is a stylish colour that adds visual interest to any room. An honest colour, this colour does not hold back and shows exactly what it feels like: happiness
This yellow laminate flooring comes with a thin border and a bright yellow colour. Its finish is smooth and a little shiny, making it easy to clean. The yellow colour is great for adding a touch of fun and entertainment to your living room or family room.
The level of the laminate flooring yellow provides a nice contrast against light-toned cabinets and walls. Yellow blends in with many different colours and can easily brighten up a kitchen or dining room.
White laminate flooring colour
No matter what the architecture of your room is, whether it’s a loft space or a carriage house, enjoy the beauty of our white laminate flooring in any room you choose
Our white laminate flooring features a classic white finish that will complement any design. Durable, hygienic and easy to maintain, it offers excellent value and great looks. It’s easy to install and is perfect for any room in your home.
The classic white and earth-toned colour palette is sure to match any decorating scheme you might have. The waterproof core provides added protection,
Black laminate floor colour
Providing an attractive surface for any living area, this black laminate floor is easy to install and ready to use immediately. A traditional-style parquet design, it adds timeless sophistication to any room while the high-quality surface makes it perfect for high traffic areas.
Black laminate flooring provides a modern, stylish look to any room. Black laminate flooring is a composite material that is pressed from one layer of hardwood to another and has an extremely durable finish.
It’s perfect for high traffic areas in your home, from the bedroom, bathroom to playrooms and even your kitchen. Made from pure hardwood for strength and durability, laminate wood flooring with black colours can handle the toughest life has to throw at it.
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