Latest laminate flooring trends result in laminate that looks like real wood

Latest laminate flooring trends result in laminate that looks like real wood

Laminate flooring trends have come a long way in recent times, resulting in the continual evolution of beautiful designs.

From aged, reclaimed wood to a myriad of ever-popular oak colour tones; to a huge range of other wood species and textures, the breadth of options is impressive. Indeed, if you can’t find something you like in Krono Original laminate flooring, you won’t find it elsewhere!

Latest laminate flooring trends include reclaimed wood and vintage woods with incredible depth of colour. Extra wide and long boards also appeal to many. Knots and grain variation add a touch of realism to any design.

Let’s discuss the key laminate flooring trends by the industry world leader Krono Original®

Laminate flooring designs with varying surface structures

The surface and structure of laminate flooring is of particular importance for the look and character that the floor gives your home. To laymen, the difference between laminate and real wood is no longer noticeable because laminate flooring is becoming increasingly similar to its natural model. This is also thanks to improved surface structures. You’ll notice a wide range of surface textures available that bring an impressive element to your interior.

Naturally beautiful floors

Authentic Embossed laminate flooring from Krono Original® stands for a naturally beautiful surface that is barely noticeably different from real hardwood floor. Synchronous pore combines the look of real hardwood floor with the convenience and practicality of high-quality laminate flooring. Authentic Embossed synchronous pore: authenticity that you can see and feel!

Laminate flooring designs with varying surface structures

The surface and structure of laminate flooring is especially important for the look and character that the floor gives your home. To laymen, the difference between laminate and real wood is no longer noticeable because laminate flooring is becoming increasingly similar to its natural model. This is also thanks to improved surface structures. You’ll notice a wide range of surface textures available that bring an impressive element to your interior.

Diamond Gloss

The high quality of the Authentic Embossed texture is enhanced further by the addition of contrasting multi-gloss levels from deepest matt to glossy elements, which reflect the light differently as you move around the floor. It emphasises the depth of the structure and illustrates the character of natural wood perfectly.Handscraped

Handscraped

Available on some designs is a hand scraped texture – a breathtakingly elegant and realistic oiled wood finish, with gentle irregular undulations, inspired by traditional Amish craftsmanship. The soft matt surface replicates the hardwood area of solid flooring gently polished over time due to footfall. Meanwhile, the deep matt pores are highlighted with glossy accents.

Bevel

The 4-sided bevel defines the plank edge so you may appreciate the generous plank width, adding a luxurious atmosphere to your interior. It is common for the bevel definition to be enhanced by a printed edge – this provides more definition on chosen decors, without the bevel becoming a dirt trap.

If you like the latest laminate flooring trends then wait until you see our super natural Classic Range that provides a new level of realism. The matt or satin finished surfaces with Authentic Embossed glossy or deep matt pores faithfully reproduce the most delicate features of premium quality timber to give your floor a natural look and feel.

As always, we welcome any of your questions.

Choosing between laminate and carpet flooring

Choosing between laminate and carpet flooring

Laminate flooring’s popularity is growing fast in NZ, although it’s still got a way to go to catch carpet flooring.

When you’re deciding between engineered wood, laminate and carpet for your flooring, you’ll likely find that laminate and carpet flooring are the two least expensive choices. They’re also the most straightforward to install.

Laminate flooring is considered more hygienic and hypoallergenic than carpet, as it is easy to clean, and dirt won’t go unnoticed.

Carpet tends to retain dust and pollen, stain more easily, and build up mould and mildew when exposed to moisture, making it a less desirable option for those who struggle with allergies.

The two flooring types are similarly priced, but high-end “high pile” carpeting will likely cost much more than high-end laminate flooring. Installation costs must also be considered, with the click-lock planks found with laminate flooring making installation relatively easy and popular with the do-it-yourself (DIY) crowd. Carpet is generally installed by a professional carpet layer, thereby increasing costs even further.

Carpet, which is made from wool or a synthetic fibre, such as polypropylene, nylon, or polyester, is attached to a backing that is nailed or stapled to the floor and any padding underneath. Laminate flooring is a multi-layered synthetic product made from wood fiberboard materials and melamine resin. One layer of laminate flooring is dedicated to a photographic appliqué that imitates wood and sometimes stone.

Appearance and Composition

Laminate flooring is usually made from high-density fiberboard or wood particles. There are typically four layers in a laminate flooring plank, including a stabilising layer, a layer of treated high-density fiberboard, a photographic pattern layer, and a clear melamine resin layer. The clear, hard layer is placed on top of the other layers to boost durability.

Carpets come in many different styles, including woven, needlefelt, knotted and tufted. All styles have an upper layer of pile – the frilly, soft yarns that stand up on the flooring — attached to a backing.

Modern carpets often provide ultra-soft fibres and stain resistance, by way of technology that tightly combines synthetic molecules close together, making fibres smaller in diameter.

While most carpeting is made from petroleum-based synthetic materials, natural wool is the softest and most durable option. It is, however, also the most costly. As such, nylon, which is the more durable of the synthetic carpet materials, is the most commonly used material in the construction of carpets.

Both carpet flooring and laminate provide users with a wide range of design options. Laminate tends to come in trendy designs mimicking natural flooring options, such as wood and stone, while the range of colours, patterns, and piles of carpet available are almost limitless.

Carpet is the warmer option, often used in bedrooms where one is likely to be barefoot. It is also an acoustic insulator, cushioning noise caused by movement. However, there are special underlays available in the market for use with laminate that act as insulation, reducing heat loss by up to 30%.

Laminate flooring does not absorb sound quite as well as carpet, so is noisier to walk on. High-tech acoustic underlays are used with laminate to help reduce noise, and these are quite effective.

Laminate flooring tends to provide a more versatile base for interior decorating due to its resemblance to natural wood. One generally won’t have to worry about clashing colours; a consideration carpeting may necessitate. Bright or decorative carpets may suit one’s style now, but might be difficult to incorporate into new décor choices in the future.

Suitability

Many homes use a combination of carpet flooring and hardwood or laminate flooring. Carpets are not a good choice for kitchens and dining rooms, for example; laminate will work better in those situations. Bedrooms tend to use carpet more often for their warmth and softness.

Laminate works better if you are a landlord and need durable flooring options for your rental property because carpet tends to show more wear and stains from mud and liquid spills.

Health Concerns

Laminate flooring tends to be easier to clean than carpet flooring and is thus considered more hygienic and hypoallergenic. Especially since the top producers in the world like Krono Original offer an antibacterial coating on their laminate floors.

A study of carpets showed high levels of dangerous bacteria, hidden dirt, pollen and dust mites, suggesting consumers are unable or unwilling to clean their carpets properly.

It is common knowledge that old carpet can aggravate allergy symptoms, as the fibres catch and hold dirt, allergens, pesticides, and toxic chemicals. In an attempt to address allergen concerns, today many carpets are made with more earth-friendly chemicals and fewer chemicals altogether, so low-VOC (volatile organic compound) products are available for sensitive consumers.

Flooring Installation

Carpet can be installed over many materials, from concrete to wood, and can hide slight irregularities in a floor. Carpet and underlay are first trimmed to the correct dimensions, and then the two layers are installed with nails or staples, and seams are glued down. Installation in a large room requires stretching of the carpet and special tools. Although users can install carpet themselves, particularly with some “peel and stick” brands making DIY jobs easier, carpet usually requires professional installation.

Laminate flooring can be installed on top of almost any existing floor, but if the special preparation of the floor is required, users may need professional services. Click-lock laminate flooring products make DIY installation easier, and also lower the costs of professional installation due to the speed and ease with which the planks can be installed.

Durability

Carpet usually lasts 5-8 years (average quality); 10-12 years for top quality carpet.

Good quality laminate flooring is less prone to some of the issues that plague hardwood. Most laminate floors will need to be replaced after 20-30 years. Lower quality brands will need to be replaced sooner.

More expensive laminate flooring is often a better investment, though some carpet provides a cheaper option should users wish to renovate more frequently. Modern carpeting is more durable and stain-resistant than in the past, but it’s accepted that it won’t last more than 10 years in any areas with

Maintenance and Replacement

Spills on carpet should be cleaned immediately to prevent stains and mould. Mats placed at entries and exits help to keep dirt off carpets. To guarantee cleanliness, carpets should be vacuumed twice a week in low-traffic areas and more often in high-traffic areas. They benefit from a deep-cleaning hot water extraction cleaning every 12-18 months. Leaving pools of water will damage laminate flooring and carpet, both of which may then require replacement.

Unlike hardwood and some better engineered hardwood, laminate floors cannot be sanded and refinished. Also, laminate may warp in high-moisture areas, such as bathrooms, particularly if the installation is not done correctly. Users should place protective pads on the bottoms of chair and table legs to prevent scratching. Manufacturers suggest lightly-damp mopping (not wet mopping!) laminate floors clean using laminate cleaning solution.

When carpet is damaged, you will need to replace the entire area of carpet. Laminate flooring by comparison offers the advantage that small sections can be replaced, as needed, to repair damages.

Cost

The range of costs for both products depends on the country of origin, quality and style selected.

With carpet, a higher, plusher pile tends to equal greater expense, and wool is the most expensive fibre used in the flooring. When it comes to laminate, homeowners should be careful with cheaper brands, as they may not be as durable. The most expensive laminate is ‘AC5 Heavy Duty Commercial Rated’ as this is the most durable laminate available.

When comparing prices for laminate and carpet, be sure to factor in the warranty period. Laminate floors can be significantly cheaper if they are not very high quality and only offer a 10-year warranty. Higher-end laminate will provide a better warranty (20 to 30 years) and will stay looking better for significantly longer than carpet.

Resale Value

If you ask real estate agents most of them will tell you that a hardwood floor adds better value than carpet flooring. Laminate flooring can give the highly sought-after hardwood look for much less. Though buyers will know it’s not hardwood, a laminate can make a home look more modern and open, adding a more sophisticated atmosphere to the home.

Environmental Considerations

Laminate flooring can be recycled, with some manufacturers able to reuse up to 80% of materials.

The pile of carpeting is made from nonrenewable materials, and small amounts of unhealthy VOCs can be released from installed carpets due to the chemicals used in manufacturing. VOCs can be released for up to 5 years, though this chemical release, known as off-gassing, lessens with time.

For this reason, homeowners are recommended to keep rooms with new carpet installations well-ventilated for at least 72 hours, post-installation. Vacuuming new carpet flooring with a HEPA filter vac and using hot water extraction cleaners can help remove VOCs. Though there are more green carpeting options available that use renewable materials and avoid dangerous chemicals, these options come at a higher cost.

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Protect your kids thanks to the antibacterial coating on laminate wood flooring!

Protect your kids thanks to the antibacterial coating on laminate wood flooring!

Live healthily on antibacterial laminate wood flooring.

Antibacterial laminate wood flooring from Krono Original® is exceptionally easy to keep clean and comes with a special anti-bacterial coating. It is also free of substances which are known to trigger allergies, such as wood preservatives or PVC.

Laminate is the perfect flooring for allergy sufferers, families with babies and for anyone who values the comfort in cleanliness.

Antibacterial laminate wood flooring – the basis for healthy living.

Allergy sufferers can breathe a sigh of relief with Krono Original® laminate: the bonded flooring surface does not provide allergy-causing microorganisms with a breeding ground

Krono Original® laminate flooring doesn’t give dust a chance.

Antibacterial laminate wood flooring from Krono Original® does not give dust a chance to adhere to its surface. Also, cleaning your laminate floor is a breeze – simply wipe with a damp cloth and your floor will shine like new.

Choose a laminate floor that will allow you to breathe deeply in your own home!

What is meant by Antimicrobial and Antibacterial floors?

Whether it’s three, five, or even 10 seconds, since the early days on the playground, almost everyone knows if you drop a piece of food, there is a brief period of grace where you can pick it up and (possibly) eat it. While that few-second rule may just have been a childhood myth, that might not be the case anymore. New floor trends that are on the rise include the terms “antimicrobial” and “antibacterial.” With Krono Original’s unique “anti-bacterial“ abilities, now that ‘few-second’ rule may just have been extended.

Before you rush out to your flooring distributor to buy a new anti-bacterial treated floor, beware of this: not every floor currently available as antimicrobial and/or antibacterial actually fulfils this promise. While these terms are popping up more and more recently in flooring choices, it’s only a select few floor types that have earned these monikers in 2017. So what do these “anti-“ powers entail?

For starters, you can put away your antibacterial hand sanitizer, because these floor types don’t need that type of protection, as it’s already built in. Other flooring choices that fall under this category can have a protective coating applied to the floor, but that covers only a select few options, such as laminate. Another choice that is available as both an antimicrobial and an antibacterial floor is none other than cork, as this floor naturally contains a waxy surface. That surface, called suberin, repels insects, bacteria, vermin, microbes, and other germs that could be residing on a busy floor’s surface.

Another flooring type you’ll see while browsing this advancing category is ceramic tile (which makes perfect sense as it is frequently used in bathrooms and kitchens). In general, the natural, hard surface of ceramic tiles won’t harbour any germs or other allergens that can get trapped in other floor types. (Asthma sufferers rejoice!) But, depending on what brand of ceramic tile you purchase, some have even been created with ways to jump-start the antibacterial process, such as using sunlight to activate a chemical on the tiles’ surface to oxidize germs, or the high temperature at which the tiles have been produced can help get rid of these pollutants.

While there still may be ways to go before having every flooring choice encompassed as antimicrobial or antibacterial, some more porous flooring choices can have an antimicrobial or antibacterial protective coating applied to them, that can help prevent germs on these types of floors as well. Currently, this protective coating can be applied to laminate floorings, such as Krono Original laminate as well as luxury vinyl floors (LVT) and concrete floors.

With these advanced new flooring types, the few-odd-second rule for dropping food on the ground is no longer just a playground myth. Your floor will be protected from germs, microbes, bacteria, and more because of the advanced anti-bacterial coating and you can rest easy when your family decides to have a picnic on your floor!

As you can see, there is another good reason for choosing European made antibacterial laminate wood flooring.