Timber laminates are a popular material to use in modern bathroom vanity construction & bench tops. In this article with the Gold Coast’s Armrock Constructions, we review timber laminates – what they are, how we use them, and how they compare. 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 Lamination?
Lamination is the process of manufacturing materials in layers. [Learn more here] The purpose of the lamination process is to specifically create materials that are suitable for their application. There are a range of ways to create laminates. Regardless of the process, the end-product will be a composite, manufactured product.
The Advantages of Lamination
The advantages of using a laminated product stem from the fact that they are manufactured, as opposed to being sourced (e.g. materials like wood or stone). With a manufactured process, the attributes of materials can be designed, tested, and reliably reproduced. Important characteristics such as strength and longevity can be created so the product can be sold with the knowledge it will be up to task.
The lamination process is generally a more cost-effective way to produce a material than sourcing a natural material.
From the bathroom-renovation point of view, the best advantage of using laminated materials is the wide range of styles that become accessible. A laminated approach can be used to achieve virtually any look you can imagine.
What is a Timber Laminate?
A timber laminate is a product made through the process of lamination to look like timber. This means that the product is made up of internal layers and finished with an exterior that resembles a certain type of timber. How good do they look? All of the photos on this page are from Armrock Constructions’ Gold Coast bathroom renovations, and feature timber laminated bathroom vanities. Timber laminates create a compelling look suitable for any modern bathroom.
In bathroom renovations, timber laminates are primarily found in vanity construction. Their strength & integrity is aligned with this requirement, and their look can be tailored to suit any bathroom design goal. Timber laminates can be used for external or internal aspects of the vanity, but are most renowned for their design role in the vanity benchtop. Here, their design is most visually accessible, creating an impacting (or not) addition to the bathroom aesthetic.
Advantages of Timber Laminates?
There are four major advantages of timber laminates which make them increasingly popular for bathroom renovations: Cost, Accessibility, Ease of Use, and Excellence.
Timber laminates are generally 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 laminates look just like the real thing, they are a great way to achieve the result you’re going for without breaking your budget.
If you wish to recreate a particular bathroom design, you may find it challenging or impossible to locate the materials necessary for the task – for example, achieving a look consistent with materials from another country is challenging and expensive. Timber laminates create accessibility by giving you access to a library of timber styles so you can easily align your renovation with exactly the right type of timber look to suit your design.
Ease of Use
Laminates are easy to work with and help to make the renovation process more efficient and cost-effective. 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. Whether you’re doing a budget renovation or a high-end renovation, laminates are an option to consider. The wide range of styles and excellent engineering available, in conjunction with their competitive price-point, make laminates an essential consideration in any bathroom renovation.
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 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
In the process of selecting materials for your bathroom reno, it’s important to remember that 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
Most 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 Laminate Vanity Tops
Timber Bathroom Vanities
Using an all-timber vanity is a luxurious addition that always has, and always will be, an option to consider. Timber is nourishing, calming and enchanting, and Armrock’s carpenters are experienced in bringing your 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 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.