One of the best things about laminate flooring is that there are so many options to choose from. When you’re trying to decide which option is best for you and your home, the sheer amount of choices available can become overwhelming. Let us break down everything you need to know about laminate flooring so that you can choose the right type and style for your home.

What is Laminate Flooring?

First, let’s break down what exactly laminate flooring is and what sets it apart from other flooring options. Laminate flooring is an easy-to-install, timber imitation flooring option made up of several layers. The exact composition of these layers can vary depending on the type and manufacturer. Usually, the layers include a backer or base layer, a core layer designed to increase durability, a stylistic layer that determines the look of the flooring, and a wear layer that protects from surface damage and scratches.

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Benefits of Laminate Flooring


The wear layer of laminate flooring makes it extremely durable. They are almost impervious to dents and scratches which is great news for those with pets and families. Most laminate flooring also has UV protection to avoid fading and some laminate floors can even be waterproof when installed correctly.

Ease of Install

If you’re looking for easy DIY installation, laminate flooring is your best bet. The ‘click and lock’ assembly system is so easy to pull off and can be done over most types of subfloor. With laminate flooring, you could easily install a 300 square metre floor over just one weekend. It’s also easy to replace single damaged planks, meaning you don’t need to replace your whole floor if an area is damaged.


Compared to other flooring options, laminate is one of the most cost-effective options on the market. You can get the look of hardwood at a fraction of the price. The fact that it’s durable, low-maintenance, and easy to spot-replace means that you could also save money over time.

Range of Styles

Love the look of dark hardwood? How about something light and beachy? Laminate flooring comes in a broad variety of finishes so that you can find the exact style you’re looking for.


The Different Types of Laminate Flooring

Not all laminate flooring is created equal. There are two main types, being plastic laminate flooring and engineered laminate flooring. Both have their benefits and drawbacks, so deciding between the two will depend on your preferences and circumstances. 

While plastic laminate flooring is usually more affordable, engineered wood laminate flooring can be maintained and therefore may last longer. This also means, however, that engineered wood requires more maintenance. Both come in a variety of finishes, plank sizes, and thicknesses. You will generally need an underlay no matter which type of laminate flooring you choose. 

How To Choose The Right Style & Finish For Your Home

Still overwhelmed by all the different finishes? There are a few ways to narrow down the options to help you reach your final choice. First, consider which design style your home is. Does it lean toward traditional hardwood? Would rustic flooring suit better, or light wood for a more airy/beachy style? Browse online and look at designs that both match your home and your personal style.

Once you have chosen the overall colour and style you want, order samples. That way you can see how the finishes interact with your space which will help you narrow down the choices even further. If you’re still stuck, chat to one of our friendly experts for guidance.

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