What is the difference between laminate and real timber flooring?
Real timber flooring is generally just timber. It can be sourced from any number of different trees and it is generally quite heavy duty. Hardwood timbers in particular are quite dense and they can be a challenge to install sometimes. Furthermore, they require careful maintenance. Because timber is a natural product, it is prone to deterioration at a higher rate than a lot of other flooring products. It also requires a special finish to protect it against water damage and scratching. Water damage can be a serious issue for real timber flooring, as it absorbs water and can consequently buckle.
Laminate, on the other hand, is constructed in layers. The outer layer is an artificial material that is made to be as durable and hardwearing as possible. However, it does not compromise on looks. Laminate flooring is imprinted with a textured timber pattern. This is almost indistinguishable from real timber, which means that it looks great. It also comes in a wide variety of colours and textures. This is designed to emulate a variety of different timber ‘species.’ As a result, there is sure to be a laminate flooring product in our showroom that matches your home’s décor and ambience. The interior of laminate flooring is usually a resin and fibreboard material. This material is quite lightweight, which makes laminate a very easy product to install. This saves even more money when it comes time to install your flooring.
Can I install my laminate flooring myself?
A lot of Brisbane homeowners prefer to do DIY projects, rather than getting professional installation services. In a lot of cases, this is a good way to save money and even develop an enjoyable hobby. However, when it comes to installing laminate flooring, we recommend leaving it to our flooring specialists. Installing flooring of any kind is a very big job. Laminate flooring is easier to install than hardwood timber flooring, but it still requires specialist knowledge and equipment. It is absolutely paramount that the flooring is fitted to perfection; otherwise it risks buckling, warping or even splitting. This can be a real challenge without the right tools and experience.
Here at Bennetts Carpets, our flooring specialists have been working with laminate flooring for many years. As a result, we are familiar with what it takes to install your laminate flooring. Our team is well equipped, with the latest in flooring tools and machinery. We can ensure that your laminate flooring is fitted perfectly, so that you do not risk encountering issues in the future. Flooring is a vital part of your home and it does cop a lot of strain through everyday wear and tear. This is something that our specialists take into account for every job. With a Bennetts Carpets installation, you know that you are getting the best.
Can my laminate flooring be sanded down?
Floor sanding is a popular and effective way to restore scratched or damaged timber flooring. It involves using a heavy-duty sander to remove the damaged outer surface layer and reveal the untarnished timber beneath. However, this does not work for laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is not timber, even though it looks almost identical. The outer laminate layer cannot be sanded back to reveal an untarnished inner layer. Beneath the outer laminate, there is only a central core comprised of resin and fibreboard. Sanding your laminate flooring will probably damage it irreparably. For this reason, it is vital that you do not sand your laminate flooring.
Fortunately, laminate flooring is far more scratch resistant that standard timber flooring. The outer layer is designed to be as tough and durable as possible. This means that your laminate flooring is unlikely to sustain scratches that require repairing. Floor sanding is only necessary to corrected scratched timber. This means that if there are no scratches, repairs are simply not necessary.