But don’t judge by appearances alone. If the price of a laminate seems too good to be true, then it probably is. For example, a low-cost laminate manufactured in China may look fine on the surface, but after exposure to spillages the material will soon swell causing no end of problems. However, take a Quick-Step Laminate with its superior damp-proof characteristics and Uniclic Locking System (that locks planks tightly together to prevent spills from seeping), then swelling is significantly minimised.
As a general guide when it comes to buying laminate flooring, when the price comes down the swell factor goes up. Here’s a checklist of “quality control” questions to ask before buying:
- What type of joining system is used? FYI: the best in the world is Uniclic.
- What warranties are offered? FYI: A 25-year warranty will give you peace of mind, but always read the small print.
- How moisture resistant is the product? FYI: With laminate, the harder the HDF core, the higher quality the flooring.
- Is the product reputable? FYI: Get an understanding of how long the product has been sold in Australia, and always check reviews!