With countless types of hard flooring available, people often feel overwhelmed when choosing one for your home. Given each household and family is different, we know that no one type is the best overall. However, our breakdown will highlight the unique attributes and benefits of each to help you decide which type of hard flooring that is best for your home!
One could argue solid timber flooring is the best-known floorboard type. A majority of people would say the most significant benefit to solid timber is its appearance and ability to make decorating simple. Second, to that is functionality as hardwood timber offers a layer of insulation and helps keep more heat within your home during the colder months. While solid timber is often expensive to install upfront, this type of hard flooring will, in addition to adding the aforementioned benefits, will increase the monetary value of your home.
One of the most popular alternatives to solid timber is engineered. Engineered flooring offers a versatile and hard-wearing board suitable for many functions and locations inside of your household. One of the biggest differences between engineered boards and solid timber is that the former is made from multiple layers of bonded wood. In Australia, engineered boards are especially popular because of their durability, price and versatility. We believe that engineered floorboards for best suitable for homes which are active, with pets, young children and/or a modest budget.
Over the last five years, laminate flooring has come leaps and bounds, especially in terms of aesthetics. One of the biggest pulls to laminate is that it gives a home the beautiful aesthetics and textures of popular wood grains at a cheaper cost! Further, laminate flooring is very easy to maintain, a relatively simple material to install and is often regarded as appearing more realistic compared to other types of hard flooring. Best for dry areas, laminate flooring is brilliant for young adults in their first apartment or home.
Vinyl Plank Flooring
One of the most cost-effective flooring alternatives is vinyl flooring. Vinyl and laminate flooring are similar except vinyl plank floorboards are manufactured with 100% synthetic plastic compared to the core layer of rigid wood and resins of laminate. Vinyl flooring is perfect for wet locations like bathrooms and laundries is because of its water-resistant properties. Although vinyl is often cheaper compared to other floor types, vinyl is still durable, easy to maintain and suitable for dry and wet areas – and that’s just the beginning of their benefits!
Hybrid Waterproof Flooring
Combining the best of laminate and vinyl flooring, the hybrid waterproof flooring is ideal for new home builders and modern renovations. With its 100% waterproof composition, hybrid flooring is extremely durable, easy clean and visually aesthetic. With all of these benefits, it’s no surprise that this type of hard flooring is perfect for the entire home.
So, there we go – a brief analysis of the most popular types of hardwood flooring available and their unique characteristics. We hope this has helped you better understand which type of hard flooring is the right one for your home!
If you currently reside in Perth and are thinking about floor options for a new home or renovation, we suggest checking out Floors of Distinction. Floors of Distinction is a leading Perth timber flooring company who supply and install an array of floor types across homes and commercial properties in Western, Australia. Contact them online or visit their showroom at 6/10 Discovery Dr, Bibra Lake, WA to transform your household’s floors.