Floating laminate flooring is an affordable alternative to real timber flooring, replicating the stunning natural look of woodgrain - but without the price tag. The benefits of floating laminate, hybrid or timber flooring include affordable and easy installation, engineered durability, resilience, and longevity in temperamental environmental conditions. Browse Carpet Court's selection of floating laminate flooring and select the perfect colour and style for your home.
Floating laminate flooring for Australian homes and offices
Floating laminate flooring is high-density, durable fibreboard beneath a photographic woodgrain layer topped with clear, protective lacquers. It is made to ‘float’ above the subfloor, meaning each plank is anchored to the next using a click-lock system.
Floating laminate flooring is an affordable alternative to real timber hardwood flooring, replicating the stunning, natural appeal of beautiful woodgrain for an affordable price. Laminate flooring material is a hardwearing, low maintenance, easy-care flooring product.
The installation process of artificial timber laminate flooring is relatively straight-forward, making this product suitable for DIY experts with a can-do attitude. High quality floating laminate flooring is an attractive alternative to engineered wood, bamboo flooring, and other flooring types for Australian homes and offices.
What do I need to consider when I buy floating laminate flooring?
Timber-look floating laminate flooring is ideal for homeowners who want the visual appeal of authentic timber floorboards and need a robust flooring solution with a budget price tag.
Floating laminate flooring is ideal for high traffic areas. However, it’s not suitable for wet areas such as the bathroom or laundry. This flooring doesn’t need glue-down installation, and it can be used with underlay for better comfort and acoustic performance.
Floating floor installation is cost-effective. Carpet Court offers professional installation services to ensure your new floor is laid on time and on budget. We can even visit your home or business for a free measure and quote to ensure there are no unwanted financial surprises for the duration of your new flooring project.
Scratch resistant and durable
Laminate flooring is well known as a great flooring option for busy households with kids and pets. The high performance is achieved with state of the art manufacturing and materials, including:
- The top layer (wear layer) that provides strong protection against scratches, stains and fading.
- Next is the high resolution design layer. This is a photographic image of specific wood styles such as natural oak, spotted gum and blackbutt.
- The inner core layer provides stability, sound absorption, durability and moisture resistance.
- The bottom layer (backing) offers a barrier against moisture to protect the laminate floor against warping.
- Optional underlay can be used to soften footsteps and provide a layer of insulation for your home.
Perfect laminate floor solution for commercial spaces
Scratch-resistant floating laminate floorboards are the ideal option in commercial spaces. Timber-look floorboards take the look of business offices to the next level of class and distinction to match your company brand.
Laminate flooring is easy to install and can be conveniently maintained with a soft broom, damp mop, mild floor cleaner and a dry cloth. Hardwearing laminate that looks just like real Australian timber is in demand Australia-wide, and Carpet Court has the best flooring range available.
Range of colours and styles available
Laminate flooring products are available in a huge range of colours, tones and textures, including:
- Colours such as ash, grey, light brown, honey brown and dark brown natural wood-look
- Tones that accurately depict classic oak, spotted gum, blackbutt and more
- Textures that showcase rustic, reclaimed and pristine timber finishes.
View Carpet Court floating laminate flooring products online, or visit us in-store to experience highest quality flooring first-hand.
Ten reasons floating laminate is a popular flooring option
Laminate flooring is a very popular floating floor solution. Here are ten reasons why.
- Floating laminate is a more cost-effective price than hardwood.
- Laminate is strong, hard wearing, and resistant to scratches and stains.
- It is easily installed using the convenient click-lock system.
- Quality laminate can be water resistant.
- Some types of laminate flooring are 100% waterproof.
- Laminate flooring can be used with underfloor heating systems.
- Laminate flooring is a low maintenance, easy care solution.
- Dust and dirt can easily be cleaned away, with nowhere to build up.
- With laminate flooring, you have access to a wide range of effects, colours and patterns.
- There are different plank sizes to suit your flooring preferences.
Pet friendly alternative timber flooring option
Floating laminate may well be the ultimate in pet-friendly flooring. This sturdy flooring is almost impervious to scratching, meaning nails can click-clack but leave no trace.
However, there can be downsides. Laminate can amplify sounds more than timber flooring, luxury vinyl flooring, vinyl tile, vinyl planks and hybrid flooring.
In addition, laminate flooring offers less traction for your four-legged friends. As your pets age, they may find laminate more difficult to walk on. Speak to your local Carpet Court product expert for flooring advice and inspiration.
Using laminate floating floors in your home
Laminate flooring is the perfect option for busy family homes. It is relatively scratch resistant, so is well suited to homes with pets and young children. It’s also hygienic, hypoallergenic, and won’t gather dust or hold odours. For those that love the natural wood floor look, floating laminate is an affordable, durable, low maintenance solution.
Maintaining and cleaning your new floors
With the right care routine your floating laminate floors will look showroom-fresh for years. Here are some handy maintenance and cleaning tips.
- Follow the manufacturers cleaning instructions that come with your laminate flooring
- Tackle splashes and spills asap after they happen
- Don’t use abrasive brushes, vacuums or scourers
- Go over with a lightly dampened soft mop periodically
- Don’t use too much water when cleaning laminate floors
- Only use cleaning products specifically designed for laminate floors
- Use felt furniture pads under the legs of furnishings in contact with flooring
- Use welcome mats at external door entry points
- Trim your pet’s nails to ensure active animals don’t scratch the floor
Flooring options which are durable
Hardwearing protective coatings and strongly bonded internal structure make laminate flooring extremely durable. Floating laminate flooring also has a good temperature and humidity tolerance range, making it a suitable flooring product anywhere around Australia.
Laminate flooring can handle tough treatment in busy households, making it a worthy alternative to engineered timber, vinyl, and hybrid flooring. Speak to a Carpet Court flooring expert about your flooring plans to ensure you get the perfect flooring solution for your home or business. Check out our handy store locator and visit Carpet Court today!
What is floating laminate flooring?
Floating laminate flooring is designed using core layers of high-density, durable fibreboard beneath a photographic woodgrain layer topped with multiple coats of clear, protective lacquers. It is made to ‘float’ above the subfloor, meaning each plank is anchored to the next using a click-and-lock-together system instead of being fixed to the subfloor like timber floorboards, tiles or carpet.
A floating laminate floor is an affordable alternative to real timber flooring, replicating the stunning, natural appeal of beautiful woodgrain but not the price tag. It is a hardwearing, low maintenance, easy-care alternative to many types of flooring.
Floating laminate flooring is so easy to install that it often becomes a DIY project for the competent home handyperson, making it an even more affordable flooring option.
What do I need to consider when I buy floating laminate flooring?
The experienced and knowledgeable team at your local Carpet Court store will help you to determine if laminate flooring is the right flooring option to suit your home. Simply, it is ideal for active family homes who want the visual appeal of authentic timber floorboards but need a more robust solution with a family-friendly price tag.
Within your home, floating laminate flooring is ideal for the high traffic areas but not the wet areas such as bathroom and laundry. Any issues such as noise or temperature insulation can be overcome by the astute placement of luxurious rugs and the use of insulative window coverings – both of which are also on display in the majority of Carpet Court’s delightful showrooms.
As floating laminate flooring is relatively easy to install, you may need to consider whether your new floor is going to be a DIY project or not. Carpet Court’s expert installers can lay your floor for you for a professional, no fuss, quality result. If you intend to install it yourself, ensure you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for installation, care and maintenance so as not to void your warranty and to ensure many years of long-lasting performance from your floating floor.
Why should I use floating laminate flooring in my home?
Laminate flooring is the perfect option to suit busy family homes. It is scratch resistant so it is well suited to homes with pets and young children while also being hygienic and hypoallergenic. For those that love the naturally beautiful appearance of wood floors, it is an affordable, durable, low maintenance alternative.
Is it difficult to care for floating laminate flooring?
Not at all! With such a high degree of scratch, dent, stain and fade resistance floating laminate flooring is one of the easiest floors to care for. Family floors are often under fire from the chaos that pets, kids and family members bring to the home but floating laminate flooring can stand up under fire. Toys, claws and high heels won’t scratch or dent your look-alike timber flooring and spills are no problem if they are promptly cleaned up.
Just sweep the inevitable dust and dirt regularly with a microfibre mop or soft indoor broom to avoid build-up, and use a damp mop occasionally to tackle more stubborn marks or stains.
Is floating laminate flooring durable?
The internal structure of floating laminate flooring and the hardwearing protective coatings make this one of the most durable types of flooring around. It can withstand climatic changes quite well and has excellent fade resistance to cope with our harsh Australian sun. While it is more forgiving and warmer under foot than concrete or tiled floors, laminate flooring is a tough customer ready to stand up to anything that family life dishes up.