Laminate flooring is popular due to looks and cost

Laminate flooring has grown in popularity over the years since it looks great and is cheaper than hardwood.  If you want to know more about laminate flooring, you should speak to the team at Mr Hardwood.

Laminate is also durable and can handle traffic well. You don’t have to worry about kids and pets as it is a type of flooring that can stand up to heavy traffic .  As a flooring option laminate is flexible and versatile and can be used anywhere in your home. Laminate is also available in different styles and designs and can imitate the look of hardwood, stone or tile. This way you get the benefit of the beauty of hardwood at lower cost and with less maintenance.

Laminate planks are shorter than hardwood planks and therefore easier to work with. You can also get laminate tiles in different sizes and this type of flooring if often referred to as floating wood tile. Laminate flooring is synthetics and consists of a melamine resin and fiber board materials.

Many people choose laminate as a preferred flooring option since it is easier to install and maintain and costs less than most other types flooring materials.

Although laminate does offer some super benefits there are some drawback as well. Laminate floors have a single wear layer and cannot be refinished. If individual planks or tiles get damaged they will need to be replaced.

Even though laminate can simulate the look of hardwood it cannot simulate the feel.  Laminate is harder and less giving under foot. The lifespan of laminate will depend on the quality of materials and the thickness of the wear layer. If you decide on laminate as a flooring option it will be best to deal with a reputable flooring contractor such as Mr Hardwood. That way you know that superior materials are used and that your floor will be sound.

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Different oak flooring types

Oak comes in different textures and colors, and it’s really important to get your colors right when redesigning your home. For example, there is red oak and white oak. Texture-wise, oak has natural grain patterns, but modern manufacturing allows the wood to be given numerous textures.

The first is made up from floorboards that contain oak, but to a smaller extent than what you find in solid oak (which are manufactured from oak timber).

Oak flooring versus other types of flooring – What’s so great about oak?

Oak has been the traditional choice for flooring material for centuries, and there is no wonder why our ancestors loved this material. Oak flooring was used in elegant castles and rustic homes, and is in huge demand even in our days.


Oak flooring has an incredibly beautiful natural color to it. On top of that, it is very durable. For example, to prove that oak can last a life time, have a look at some of the 20th century homes that still have the original oak floor to them… and that hardwood is in perfect condition.

Oak is also very hard. It is the wood that sets the standards to hardness, and it is used very often as a comparison point when rating other types of wood in terms of hardness.

If you’re not sure on whether to choose engineered oak floors or solid oak floors, give us a call today.