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Laminate Flooring FAQ

Is all Laminate flooring similar?

NO. Quality differs from manufacturers and suppliers. The quality of the final flooring depends on the quality of the source materials used, such as the density of the High Density Fibreboard (HDF) and the durability rating and the emission class of the solvents. The manufacturing process also affects final quality.

Timberland’s laminates have a density of 920kg/m3, making them among the most durable laminate floors in Australia. This significantly reduces the chance of water ingress which can cause swelling of the laminate. Their increased density also improves installation as the boards retain their structural integrity during installation.

The solvents used during our manufacturing processes are rated E1. This class has the lowest amounts of emissions and should be your preferred choice if you are concerned about the health and well-being of your family.

What are the advantages of laminate flooring over those of solid hardwood flooring?

PRICE. Laminate flooring is typically half the cost of traditional hardwood flooring. Sometimes the savings are even greater, depending on the type of flooring in question. And with recent innovations in technology, laminates look more and more like real wood.

Laminate is easier to install than solid hardwood and many people can install it themselves without any previous carpentry experience whereas solid hardwood requires a specific level of expertise.

With a laminate you won’t need nails and/or glue, as is the case with newer laminate locking systems. Therefore installation happens fast, in way less time than solid hardwoods can be installed and your finished floor will be scratch- and fade-resistant, two areas where solid hardwood is known to be more vulnerable.

What Exactly is Laminate Flooring?

NALFA Certified laminate flooring is comprised of a hybrid of materials fused together through a unique lamination process.

A. A transparent, protective wear layer is highly resistant to dogs, cats, chairs, and even high heels.

B. The decorative layer provides a high definition, highly detailed image. Today’s laminate flooring manufacturers have the technology and capability to realistically simulate everything from hardwood to marble to stone.

C. A high-density fiberboard core (or HDF) offers impact resistance, stability and long-lasting durability.

D. A layer comprised of melamine resin offers additional structural stability and moisture resistance.

How do I determine the direction in which to install my laminate flooring?

To decide where to begin the layout of your floor, consider incoming light. It is usually best to install laminate flooring with the planks running parallel to light coming in windows or glass doors. For any installation, the starting wall should be as long and straight as possible.

Will there be any cutting waste?

In an average installation, approximately 5% to 10% of the total area to be covered will be wasted for several reasons, typically cuts, planks damaged during installation.

Do you organise the installation?

Yes. Timberland prides itself on providing complete end-to-end project solutions. We can work directly with you, the client, or with your builder/architect to achieve the finest result, on time and on budget.

What is HDF and what is it made of?

High density fiberboard, HDF, is basically a high-density, moisture-resistant fibre panel. It is made of wood residues (sawdust, shavings and wood chips) from wood processing factories. This ligneous material is ground into a pulp to which a melamine-urea-formaldehyde resin is added. This pulp is then dried and pressed into panels.

How is the paper applied to the HDF core?

The melamine impregnated paper is thermo-fused to the core, topped with an aluminium-oxide wear layer.

Can we install laminate over carpet?

No, all carpet and padding should be removed completely prior to installation.

What is a laminate flooring AC rating?

AC hardness ratings are a standardized measure adopted by The Association of European Producers of Laminate Flooring (ELPF). The AC measure rates abrasion resistance, impact resistance, resistance to staining and cigarette burns, and thickness swelling along edges.

If a laminate floor cannot meet the requirements for each of these ratings, approval for a given AC rating will be denied. AC ratings 4 and 5 are equally suitable for residential use as AC3 but somewhat more suitable for high traffic commercial applications. AC ratings below 3 are recommended for low traffic residential use only.

What does E1 mean?

This is the symbol to indicate emission class. The emission classes denote the amount of formaldehyde released from wood-based materials. This distinction is made between classes E1, E2, and E3, with the class E1 having the lowest amount of emission.

Classes are assigned based on testing. In this scenario, a test piece of wood is subjected to moving air kept at a constant temperature inside of a testing room. The amount of formaldehyde that is released is then measured and given a value in parts per million (ppm). This value must not exceed 0.1 ppm. Common laminate flooring contains such a small percentage of contaminants that they are generally labelled as ‘contaminant-free’

How do I clean my laminate flooring?

Laminate flooring is a low maintenance, long-lasting flooring. There are several simple steps that you can take to keep your laminate flooring clean and to ensure that you get many years of service from it. Simply dust mop or vacuum with a soft brush or wood floor accessory to keep your laminate floor clean from dust, dirt or grit.

  • A damp cloth or mop can be used without damage to the laminate flooring panels, but do not use excessive water. Dry the floor thoroughly with a clean, soft cloth.
  • Do not use soap-based detergents, abrasive cleaners, or combined "clean and shine" products on your laminate floor.
  • Do not wax or polish your laminate flooring.
  • Do not steam clean or use chemicals that may damage the laminate flooring surface.

If you have any questions, please contact us and speak to one of experienced staff.

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