Wood Laminate Flooring

Invented by the Swedes in the late seventies, wood laminate flooring has evolved through improvements in the manufacturing process, along with new and stronger resins, to become the most popular floor covering used today. Malaysia has been seeing steady growth in the adaption of wood laminate flooring of all types, especially in the last 5 years. There are several reasons for this surge in popularity of wood laminate flooring, including:
  • Cost – wood laminate flooring is generally cheaper than natural wood floors as well as many other types of flooring. Cost conscious contractors and homeowners have begun to recognize the value of this family of products.
  • Ease of installation – wood laminate flooring is easier to install than hardwood flooring and takes less skill than most other types of flooring installations. It is an ideal choice for the homeowner who is looking to save money by doing a remodeling project themselves.
  • Low maintenance – Compared to hardwood flooring, wood laminate flooring is easier to maintain. Just keep it clean with regular dusting or sweeping and your floor with provide a safe, quiet, and visually appealing surface for many years to come.
  • A wide range of surfaces, textures and colours to choose from- A wide selection of wood patterns plus recent advancements in the printing technology now enables designs that closely replicate stone and tile patterns to be available for most flooring applications.
With so many types, grades, and styles of wood laminate flooring to choose from, deciding which one is right for your project can be a challenge. Here are a few tips and considerations to think about when shopping for wood laminate flooring:
  • Grades – like most building products, laminate flooring comes in different grades and quality levels. The grade will tell you how well a particular product resists moisture (very important in Malaysia) and is typically defined by the length of the warranty. A good rule of thumb to follow is to set a budget and then choose the best grade of wood laminate flooring that stays within that figure.
  • Traffic - What will the floor see for traffic levels? The level of use will be defined for each type of wood laminate flooring product you look at. The grades will run from low, such as an extra bedroom floor all the way up to commercial applications that see constantly high level s of foot traffic. If your floor will have children and/or pets on it, consider a higher level of use product.
  • Thickness does not equal quality – despite what you might intuitively think, a thicker wood laminate flooring product is not necessarily better than the thinner alternative. Quality of construction is the key to a high quality laminate. Look for a solid backing layer and boards that fit together tightly. The edges should be treated and the surface should be UV resistant to avoid fading from sunlight.