Timber-look laminates are a popular option for modern bathroom bench tops. In this article with the Gold Coast’s Armrock Constructions, we review timber-look laminates – what they are, how we use them, and how they compare to alternative solutions. If you’re looking for a bathroom renovation on the Gold Coast, please don’t hesitate to contact our team for a free consultation & quote.
What is Timber-Look Laminate?
Lamination is the process of manufacturing materials in layers. By creating a composite material in this way, laminates can create a similar look and feel to raw materials. Timber-look laminates are laminates that resemble timber. They are available in a wide variety of different timber styles, enabling renovations to be easily adapted to suit any design requirements.
Timber-look laminates create the external appearance of the raw material, while internally their construction is made of materials built to give them strength and structural integrity. While a timber-look laminate has the appearance of timber on the outside, on the inside it may have another material (such as MDF) around which the laminate layer is wrapped. There are a number of advantages to this approach which are discussed below.
We frequently use timber-look laminates in our renovation projects for bench tops, splashbacks, and custom bathroom vanities.
What are the Alternatives to Timber-Look Laminates?
In bathroom renovations, we use timber-look laminates for bench tops, splashbacks and custom vanities. While there are a variety of other materials that can be utilised for the same purpose (stone, plastic, resin, glass, porcelain and acrylic, etc) to achieve a timber look, actual timber is the primary option.
Advantages of Timber-Look Laminates?
There are four major advantages of timber-look laminates which make them increasingly popular for bathroom renovations: cost, accessibility, ease of use, and evolutionary.
Timber-look laminates are less expensive than raw materials. Bathroom renovations can be expensive, so ensuring the budget is on track means assessing options on a quality / cost basis suitable for your project. Because timber-look laminates look just like the real thing, they are always worth considering for bathroom applications.
The origin of bathroom design trends are international, but achieving a look consistent with materials from another country is challenging and expensive. Timber-look laminates help by giving you access to a library of timber styles so you can easily align your renovation with exactly the right type of timber to suit your design.
Ease of Use
From the renovation process standpoint, working with laminates is highly efficient, which makes them more cost-effective for you. Laminates can easily be made into different shapes and sizes, making them perfect for customisations such as vanity units and bench tops.
The best thing about laminates is the way they have evolved. Laminates have been around for a long time, and they have come a long way. The important parameters they need to meet, including form and functional aspects, have been incorporated into their design making them robust, stylish and suitable for any bathroom application. Whether your bathroom is budget or high-end, laminates are an option to consider.
Laminate Products We Use
We have been achieving great results with Nikpol’s EGGER range on our recent bathroom renovation projects. Learn more about these options on their website. For timber-look laminates, this range even includes timber grain textures, making for a complete timber experience and creating a natural, calming aesthetic for your bathroom renovation.
Important Material Requirements
Since bathrooms are wet areas, its important to ensure materials are suitable for the task at hand. Vanities, bench tops and splash backs need to be durable and able to handle the water that will be coming their way. They also need to look great. Our laminate solutions meet all of these requirements.
Timber Laminate Bathroom Vanities
Many of our Gold Coast bathroom renovation projects feature timber laminate bathroom vanities. Laminates may be used in part (e.g. a benchtop or splash back) or whole (to create the entire vanity unit):
Timber-Look Laminate Vanity Tops
Using a timber-look bathroom vanity top brings a natural aesthetic into your bathroom for a winning effect. Whether it harmonises with your bathroom for a natural, relaxed feel or is juxtaposed with black or white vanity for a high-end design, in conjunction with the wide range of timber-look laminates and design choices available, the imagination is the limit.
Timber-Look Bathroom Vanities
Using an all-timber vanity is a luxurious addition that always has, and always will be, an option to consider. Timber vibes are nourishing, calming and enchanting, and Armrock’s carpenters are experienced in bringing concepts to life to become the cornerstone of your bathroom design.
In our Gold Coast renovations, we discuss options with our clients to communicate how your design objectives can be best met. Utilising the timber-look approach is a fantastic way to create affordable control, flexibly suiting the installation of the new vanity into an existing space.
Successful Gold Coast Bathroom Renovations
Bathroom renovations can be complex – numerous careful decisions and actions are required, in the right order, to build a bridge between your vision, your structure, your budget and your new bathroom. We’re here to help you make it a success. Get your bathroom renovation started today with the team from Armrock Constructions and make yours a success too.