Hardwood oak floors can look amazing but they’re also one of the most expensive materials you can choose. Oak laminate flooring looks just as good as the real thing but is a lot more cost-effective. What’s more, oak laminate is available in a wide range of finishes so you can easily find flooring to perfectly suit your taste.

If you’re considering changing the flooring in your home then oak laminate could be just what you’re looking for. Take a look at our comprehensive guide to oak laminate flooring below to find out everything you need to know, including:

1. Types of oak laminate flooring

2. Choosing oak laminate flooring

3. How to care for oak laminate flooring

4. Safety advice

1. What types of oak laminate flooring are there?

Light oak laminate flooring

A bright and light finish that will work in any room of the home. Light oak is a great choice in rooms that lack light.

White oak laminate flooring

A stunning addition to a modern or traditional interior. Add texture to bathrooms whilst keeping them clean and fresh with this flooring.

Dark oak laminate flooring

Dark and dramatic laminate will add bags of character. Dark wood looks great contrasted with modern materials like glass and steel.

Rustic oak laminate flooring

The ideal choice for country kitchens and traditional style homes. Rustic wood looks perfect against warm colours such as red and orange and when contrasted against floral prints.

2. Which oak laminate flooring should I buy?

With so many different types of laminate flooring to choose from it can be hard to know where to start. Read on to discover how to choose the right laminate flooring for your home.

For help choosing between different laminate finishes, take a look at our general Laminate Flooring Buying Guide.

Is laminate flooring hard wearing?

Because of the multi-layer composition that makes up laminate, it is a material that is very hard-wearing and durable. The core layer of laminate is made up of high density fibre board, which is very dense and saturated in resins for strength and to help with moisture resistance.

Does laminate flooring scratch?

Laminate flooring can be scratched, especially if the floor isn’t swept clear of dirt and grit that can get trodden in – but it’s not necessarily easy to scratch it. You can protect your laminate flooring in the same way as you would a solid wood floor by using floor guards on your furniture and taking care when you move things around. Also it is advisable to use mats on the floor near entrances to protect high footfall areas.

Is a laminate floor textured?

Laminate floors can either be textured or smooth depending on your preference. Textured laminate is fashioned to look even more like natural wood grain and can be practically indistinguishable from the real thing.

Does laminate flooring have a wood grain?

Some laminate flooring comes with a wood grain effect and some are completely smooth. You can find all types of wood grain finish available including classic oak. However, it’s not possible to sand or varnish textured laminate flooring in the same way as you would natural wood. You can also choose an embossed finish laminate, which is also a great authentic-looking alternative.

3. How do you care for Oak laminate flooring?

Laminate flooring is pretty easy to care for. It comes ready-sealed so once it’s been laid you won’t need to wax, varnish or polish it.

To keep laminate flooring clean and avoid scratches make sure you sweep away loose dirt and debris regularly with a brush or vacuum cleaner and use a damp mop to clean your floor approximately once a week.

You can also use antibacterial floor wipes to keep your laminate spotless but should never soak the floor with water as this may cause damage to the laminate floor boards.

4. Safety Advice

Laminate floors are generally very safe and can be a good alternative to real wood as they are a lot softer and more comfortable underfoot. If you have a laminate floor then bear in mind that it can be slippery – so make sure you keep your family and pets out of the way when cleaning it.

Grease can also make laminate slippery and can be hard to spot so always clean up any spills as soon as they happen and avoid using polish, wax or varnish on your laminate.

Rugs and runners can slide around on laminate floors so place a rug or runner grip underneath to keep everything securely in place. That way, no-one will end up getting the rug pulled out from under their feet!

View our oak laminate flooring now, try ordering some free samples to see which laminate flooring you prefer.