I where asked to lay a pre-finished floating floor for my sister-in-law and her man. I suggested that they go to Fauls auction rooms in Oakleigh. We all went and had a look at their huge range of flooring. There is a difference between the cheaper range laminate flooring and the more expensive venered flooring. In general the laminate flooring only have a 1 mm toplayer and the venered flooring have 3-4 mm toplayer wich can be sanded when it gets worn. After we had been at Fauls we went to Ezi Floor Products in Oakleigh where they found a oak board they liked. This one is called Parmate vintage oak and is finnished with Bona's mat finish. The benefit with these boards is they can be over coated with Bona Traffic range of coatings. Wich will give them a longer life. Here are some pictures.