With countless types of hard flooring available, people often the decision daunting when trying to choose the right one. Obviously, every household and family are different, so there’s no real clear cut answer to which one is best overall. However, our breakdown will highlight the unique attributes and benefits of each type to help you decide which type of hard flooring that is right for your property.
Is perhaps the best-known floorboard as solid timber flooring has been around for decades. Arguably the most significant benefit to solid timber is the appearance and its ability to make decorating simple through its neutral colours and aesthetic appeal. Another plus is that hardwood timber offers a layer of insulation and helps keep more heat within your home during the colder months. Currently, we’re seeing a preference around the lighter and brown timber colours, and a rise in popularity of wider boards. Often a more expensive option to install upfront, solid timber will, however, enhance the economic value of your home over time!
An alternative to solid timber, engineered flooring offers a versatile and hard-wearing board suitable for many places in a household. One of the main difference between engineered boards and solid timber is that the former is made from two or more layers of wood bonded together. Engineered boards are especially popular in Australia because of their longevity, price and versatility. We find that this type of hardwood looks great and is perfect for active families with pets, and/or children and a modest budget.
One of the most cost-effective flooring alternatives is vinyl flooring. Vinyl and laminate flooring are similar except vinyl floorboards are manufactured with 100% synthetic plastic compared to the core layer of rigid wood and resins found in laminate flooring. Vinyl flooring is perfect for wet locations like bathrooms and laundries is because of its water-resistant properties. Although, it’s a cheaper option compared to others, vinyl is still durable, easy to maintain and suitable for both dry and wet areas. Another great benefit of vinyl is that it’s easy to fix – all you need to do is pop it out and replace it with a new one. But that’s not all, learning more about the pros and cons of vinyl flooring here!
Over the last five years, laminate flooring has come leaps and bounds, especially in terms of its look. A laminate floorboard gives household’s aesthetics and textures of popular wood grains at a fraction of the cost! In addition, laminate flooring is often the right choice for many families because of its low maintenance nature, relatively easy to install and generally when compared to counterpart flooring, more comfortable and realistic looking. One of the biggest downfalls to laminate flooring is that it lacks the water-resistant qualities that vinyl does. Best for dry areas, laminate will be a brilliant decision for people seeking after low maintenance and cheaper alternative to solid timber flooring.
Hybrid Waterproof Flooring
Combining the best of what laminate and vinyl have to offer, the hybrid waterproof flooring is ideal for new home builders and modern renovations. With a 100% waterproof composition, hybrid is super durable, easy clean and visually aesthetic, making the hard flooring perfect for the entire home and not just wet areas.
So there it is – a breakdown of the most popular types of hardwood flooring! We hope our breakdown has helped you better understand the different types of hard flooring and determine the right type for your property!
If you’re a local Perth resident and are thinking about flooring, we recommend checking out Floors of Distinction. Floors of Distinction is a leading Perth timber flooring company who stock a range of flooring types, colours and suppliers. Contact them online or visit their showroom at 6/10 Discovery Dr, Bibra Lake, WA to transform your household’s floors.