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Best Laminate Flooring In South Africa

Quality laminate flooring is a great way to quickly improve the style and design of your home. Laminate flooring is manufactured to different specs around the world, these flooring specs are there to make sure that the floor performs correctly in the area it is laid on.

Laminated flooring in South Africa comes at some of the highest specs around the world. This is simply because South Africans are tough and we require tough sturdy flooring. Sub-quality laminate flooring prices can be cheap but they do not have the durability that is required for the South African market.

What exactly do we mean by the South African market being tough on laminate flooring?
In general, most homes have dogs or cats, a pool and a garden or outside area. Dogs have claws that can scratch laminate flooring if there is no wear layer. Kids often bring in water from the pool as they don’t properly dry, and people track dirt in from outside into the house.

That’s just how we South Africans are…

It is best to make sure that your household is insured for accidental damage or even storm damage. For more information follow the link.

Laminate Flooring Prices


Prices of laminate flooring range from product to product and brand to brand. What you should be asking yourself is what laminate flooring best suits my home and its situation? Rather than looking for cheap laminate flooring, that will need to be replaced every couple of months/years.

Quality laminated flooring has 5 defining features to guarantee durability and longevity of life being:

  • An overlay – to protect the decorative layer
  • Decor layer – provides the look feel and design
  • HDF core – High-Density Fiberboard core – provides protection from hard impacts, ensures the laminate flooring keeps its integrity
  • Balancing film – helps keep the laminate level
  • Paraffin waxed tongue – repels moisture on the joins

The laminate flooring price of quality products can range from R199 per square meter to R575 per square meter.

Below is a list of laminate flooring with a scenario where the flooring will perform best.

Take a look at our laminate flooring range.

Laminated Wooden Flooring

Finfloor has a great selection of laminate flooring with a product to suit any situation, even commercial flooring. The first laminate flooring product we are going to review is Finfloor Bella.

Bella is laminated wooden flooring that is available in 6 different color variations. From the warm natural wood feel of Defne to the cool light gray of Vegas.


Finfloors’s Bella laminate flooring range has a fit for use grading of AC3/W31 this means it is suitable for a heavy domestic use environment, such as high traffic areas like an entrance hall. Making this wooden laminate flooring perfect for most rooms, kitchen, bedroom and entrance hall.

Bella laminate flooring specifications:

  • Laminate plank thickness 8mm
  • Laminate plank length 1200mm
  • Laminate plank width 193mm

Bella laminate flooring is manufactured in Turkey and conforms to the European standards for laminate flooring, the EN13329 standard. What does the EN13329 standard mean? Basically, this means the laminate flooring has passed grueling testing from heat to water resistance, impact and stain resilience ensuring a premium quality laminate floor.

Bella laminate floors come with a 15-years Heavy Domestic use / 5-years Moderate Commercial use warranty.

You can find Bella laminate flooring prices between R230 and R270 depending on the supplier.

All laminate flooring is supplied with an anti-bacterial layer.

Classen XXL Wooden Laminate Flooring


Are you looking for a wooden laminate floor to traverse a large room or space? Classen’s XXL laminate flooring is the perfect product for you. This extra-large laminate plank is designed to look easy on the eye for large areas.

How does this laminate floor do this? Due to the plank size being extra large there are fewer laminate planks used to cover the area. Naturally, this makes the space less busy allowing for a smooth flowing floor.

This laminate flooring range is available in 8 different colors from Cassano Grigo Oak to Denver gray oak.

Let us look at the size difference between the Classen XXL and the Finfloor Bella above.

Classen XXL laminate flooring specifications:

  • Laminate plank thickness 8mm
  • Laminate plank length 2175mm
  • Laminate plank width 243mm

This wooden laminate floor has a great quality manufacturing practice adhering to the EN13329 European standard with an abrasion class of AC4.

Due to the large laminate plank size and board regality, you will require fewer expansion gaps to cover a big area.

You can find Classen’s XXL laminate flooring prices between R265 per square meter and R353 per square meter depending on the supplier.

Likewise Flooring – Hydrosafe Water Resistant Laminate Flooring


Tired of the kids bringing water in from the pool? Or just being plain clumsy with a glass of water? Likewise has developed a water-resistant laminate flooring for these very needs.

This wooden laminate flooring has been produced with UNILIN to create a water-resistant laminate floor. How does this laminate floor become water-resistant? The laminate is manufactured with a water-repellent coating.

This coating prevents liquids from seeping into the joins which ultimately cause swelling, coupling and openly raised bevels.

Hydrosafe laminate flooring specifications:

  • Laminate plank thickness 8mm
  • Laminate plank length 1261mm
  • Laminate plank width 192mm

You can find Hydrosafe laminate flooring prices between R315 and R375 per square meter depending on the supplier.

Final Thoughts | Laminated Flooring In South Africa


When choosing laminate flooring it is important to know what function you want the floor to serve. Is the floor going into a wet area? Then look at installing the water-resistant laminate flooring.

Is the floor going to be installed in a high traffic area? Then look to install a laminate floor with a high abrasion factor AC3 or higher.

What you need to take away from this laminate flooring post is that you can get quality laminate flooring at a good price.

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Home Insurance Tips – South Africa


So, what about home insurance? Some people have it, some don’t. I think in this day and age where our security is important to us, getting home insurance on your household contents is important.

Pet insurance has also become popular, and why not? Our fur babies really are a big part of our family, to say the least. What about affordability? We will discuss a few options further down in this article giving you a user-friendly summary of home insurance. Should you require assistance?

who to get hold of, and tips to prevent further damage while you wait for your insurer to get to you.

If you are not insured, these tips will be helpful by saving you money in the long run. Many insurance companies have a budget-friendly option but don’t forget to do some research and get a few quotes first before you make your final decision.

What Does Household Insurance Include?

Usually, home contents insurance will cover you against theft, loss or damage. Family members who are living with you will also be covered if they are added to your policy.

Should you be away on holiday and items that you have taken with you are lost or stolen, these will also be covered.

N.B. Always read the fine print of any document, even if it is long!

How Does Household Insurance Help Me?

Peace of mind is probably the one factor that would help in making the decision to get home insurance.

  • You want your family to be safe as well as to protect your main dwelling.
  • Secondly, protection of your detached structures like your garage, pet house or fencing is also important when obtaining an insurance policy.
  • Each insurer will stipulate what they want to be covered in their policy, and this will affect your pricing structure.
  • Protection from falling trees, natural disasters, wind, flood, fire, theft and storm, can all be covered depending on what is affordable to you. To make it easy, most insurance companies will have a detailed list or outline of what is covered, and your policy can be tailor-made to suit your specific needs.

What Is Covered In-Home Content Insurance?

Home contents insurance covers the financial cost to replace or repair your personal possessions. For example, computers, t.v. clothing, jewellery, appliances, toys, furniture and curtains. It is very important to cover your beloved contents and will save you, in the long run, should any of these be destroyed.

What Insurance Covers Flooring?


Building insurance usually covers floors, roofs, windows and walls. Whether it be cracked tiles, damage to laminate or carpet replacement due to water damage, these should be covered by your insurance as long as the damage was caused by something specific in your policy. Pools, outbuildings, tennis courts etc can also be insured.

Take a look at our flooring range and send it through to your insurer for a quick and professional replacement and installation. For more information on how Carpetflair operates and who you can deal with. Please follow the link.

How Can I Make An Insurance Claim?

Read through your policy to make sure what you’re claiming is legitimate.
Report the claim as soon as possible and if there is an online option, use that and follow up with a phone call.

Get your proof of purchase and photo evidence.

Before you throw out any damaged goods, first let your insurer have a look at them. For instance, that loose lay fancy carpet from your grandma may just need to be steam-cleaned and not thrown out. We all offer a carpet cleaning service should that be required.

Help My House Is Flooded! Helpful Tips To Protect Your Valuables

  • Turn off the mains
  • Make sure your loved ones are safe (including pets)
  • If it is a leak, turn it off at the source
  • Lift valuable items to a safe place if possible
  • Put towels or blankets down if necessary
  • Call for assistance and take pictures of the damage

It is important to remember once moisture gets into your home it is very difficult to get rid of it. Moisture can lead to black mould which is bad for your health. for more information on black mould follow the link.

What To Do After A Flood?


If you are insured, your insurer will go through your policy to help with the process of getting cash in lieu or match as close as possible any flooring that may have been damaged, from the cost and the colour.

If a flooring match cannot be made, most insurers will enable you to get something completely different as long as it is within range of what you’re insured for.

The insurance company will then contact the contractor who is approved to do the work on your home and within a few hours or a couple of days, so the work can be started.Carpet Flair is on all the below mentioned insurance companies, which are nationwide.

  • Outsurance
  • MiWay
  • King Price
  • Nedbank
  • Discovery Insure
  • Hollard

In a case where you are not insured, then your best option is to go online and look at our website, where you can choose from our beautiful range of flooring, from laminates, vinyl, tiles or carpets.

Here you can choose in the comfort of your own home and the work on your home can be expedited at your convenience.

What Is A Home Insurance Calculator?

A little bit of help to assist you when trying to figure out how much you would be expected to pay for home insurance.

Some things to consider are :

  • Your home’s location
  • Your home’s characteristics
  • The coverage amounts – art, electronics etc.
  • Deductibles
  • Credit score

Concluding HouseHold Insurance South Africa


Home insurance is extremely important. This is a safety net should you need it. It is recommended to have household insurance as things go wrong when you least expect them to.

We have taken you through the steps of what to do during flood damage and how to make a claim from your home insurance company. If you need to work out your house insurance price take a look at the home insurance calculator above.