While Hybrid flooring has seen an increase in popularity over the past few years, laminate flooring still holds its own, offering benefits, designs and colours that are fit for modern Gold Coast homes.
In this guide, we cover the pros and cons of laminate flooring, walk you through our ranges, outline Aaron’s top pick and answer your frequently asked questions. If you need assistance with laminate flooring in your next project, feel free to book an appointment by clicking one of the buttons below.
What is Laminate Flooring?
With innovative timber-look designs and life-like textures, laminate flooring feels, looks and performs better now than ever before. So, what is laminate flooring?
In short, laminate flooring is a type of floating floorboard that is constructed by layering different surfaces around either a High Density Fibre (HDF) or Medium Density Fibre (MDF) board. They are occasionally found with an in-built underlay, but most laminate planks will need to be installed with a foam and film underlay underneath. These layers usually consist of:
- A transparent, wear-, stain- and impact-resistant overlay.
- Your design layer that defines the look of the plank.
- An MDF or HDF core, providing stability and durability.
- A backing layer that assists in ‘balancing’ and protecting the underside of your plank.
Our Laminate Flooring Collections
At One Source Flooring, you won’t find budget laminate flooring that’s not structurally sound. We only supply and install laminate planks that we truly stand by. Major trade retailers will sell cheaper AC2 and AC3 planks, where we only hand-pick AC4 planks or above—making them tough enough for everyday living and are ideally suited for the wear and tear associated with modern family environments.
Laminate Flooring Pros & Cons
LAMINATE FLOORING PROS
- Laminate flooring is low maintenance
- Laminate flooring is durable
- There are water-resistant planks, great for bathrooms for a more cohesive home design
- Embossing & designs look and feel more timber-like than ever before
- Laminate flooring usually requires less floor preparation, speeding up your project.
LAMINATE FLOORING CONS
- Can be noisy underfoot
- Cannot be refinished or re-sanded
- Cheaper laminate can warp and de-laminate
- Not all planks are 100% waterproof.
Laminate Planks - What's Aaron's Top Pick?
Majestic by Quick-Step
Take your interior to a new level in luxury and spaciousness with Quick-Step’s longest & widest laminate flooring boards ever made. The planks of Majestic floors will make a big impression with their true-to-nature colours and textures, as well as extreme water resistance. All of this is combined in a striking format of 2.05 m x 24 cm that will breathe life into your interior.
Treated with a unique Hydroseal water-repellent coating, Majestic floors offer the ultimate in water resistance, making them the perfect fit for kitchens and bathrooms.
Laminate Flooring on the Gold Coast
Our wide range of flooring options means we can help you find the perfect flooring solution for your Gold Coast property. With higher humidity levels and wet weather, it’s important to choose the right product for your homes environment.
Despite some products delivering good moisture resistant qualities, it’s not always recommended to install all laminate types in rooms like saunas or laundry areas. As always, we recommend chatting with our sales team before you make your final selection so they can discuss requirements.
Answering your Laminate Flooring FAQs
Yes and no. Some laminate flooring comes with a waterproof or water-resistant coating, which makes the surface waterproof, but not the actual core (meaning you still need to clean up spills asap). That’s why we love Majestic Laminate Flooring by Quick-Step as it offers extreme water resistance with the waterproof coating extending into the join grooves.
The use of the word ‘floating’ refers to the installation method i.e. ‘floating’ above the subfloor, not ‘glued’. Laminate flooring is installed using a floating method, technically making them a ‘floating floor’.
Yes! All of our laminate flooring manufacturer’s have the options to purchase matching ‘stair nosing’ so your stairs will remain cohesive with the rest of your home. You may experience issues if you have round stairs, not straight, so we suggest discuss this with your installer during the quote stage.
It is possible, but it’s not recommended. Most manufacturer’s will actually void your warranty if you decide to glue down your laminate planks, so always check their installation guidelines for proper installation methods.
- Sweep or vacuum your floor thoroughly as regularly as needed (at least once per week).
- Mop to make sure you have removed all of the dust. We recommend using a hard flooring cleaner diluted with water in a sprayer with a microfibre mop. Don’t use a steam mop.
- Make sure you clean or swap your microfibre mop head regularly to ensure you don’t have dirt within it that may potentially scratch your floors in the future.
If you have spilt coffee, water, soda and tea etc, simply wipe clean with a cloth, paper towel or an absorbent sponge. If the substance is sticky (like cola), but sure to use some water to clean up the spill—just not too much!
This really depends on the extent of the damage. If the damage is superficial, check with the manufacturer to see if you can purchase a repair kit and follow the repair instructions.
If the plank is substantially damaged, you will likely need to engage with a professional flooring installer to remove plank (and surrounding planks) to replace it.
AC4-rated laminate planks are more wear resistant than AC3 laminate planks by up to 60%. Generally speaking, the higher the AC rating, the longer your planks will last.
As part of our process, we always recommend customers come into our store to explore our entire range. While we have all of our laminate flooring collections on our website, nothing compares to dropping in and feeling all of the textures of our laminate planks.