What Are the Different Kinds of Laminate Flooring Used in Australia?


The Swedish company Perstorp invented laminate flooring in 1977. They introduced laminate flooring under the brand name Pergo. Perstorp has been a part of the flooring industry since 1923. Thus, it is hardly surprising that Pergo is perhaps the most widely known manufacturer of laminate flooring across the world today. In Australia too, the popularity of laminate floors continues to soar. In the past, homeowners often preferred stone floors or carpets in Engadine and the nearby areas. However, the popularity of laminate floors has transformed the situation quite dramatically. This popularity mainly stems from the fact that laminate floors are easy to install. In addition, they offer the look that homeowners want to achieve with minimal fuss. For instance, wooden floors can look elegant and aesthetically pleasing. But, they are not as durable as laminate floors. Moreover, wooden floors often cost a lot more than laminate flooring does. And, when you consider that you can consider options such as walnut, beech, maple or oak laminate flooring at immensely affordable rates, you would certainly not want to spend additional money on the real thing.

Similar to vinyl flooring options in Sutherland Shire and elsewhere, laminate flooring comes in an assortment of options. Some of the most popular kinds of laminate flooring surfaces comprise:

Smooth Surface Floors: These laminate floors feature a plain finish typically associated with hardwood. Based on your requirements, you could opt for low, high or medium gloss finishes.
Embossed or Textured Floors: Some laminate floors feature textured finishes. Others feature embossing that tries to replicate the grooves of the printed grain. 
Hand Scraped or Distressed Floors: In the past, hand scraped laminate floors remained confined to engineered or solid hardwood floors. The hand scraped finish was meant to give floors an antique appearance. 
Embossed in Registration Floors: In embossed laminate floors, the embossing does not match the printed grain exactly. This led to the development of embossed in registration laminate floors. In these floors, the embossing corresponds precisely to the grain of the wood.