If we’re honest, everyone likes a solid timber floor and for good reason. This natural element is both stylish and very durable and has been gracing Australian floors since we first arrived. The prohibitive cost is the only drawback and if solid timber is a little out of your price range, there are alternatives that offer the same endearing properties of real wood at a much-reduced cost.
Solid Timber Flooring
There are specialist companies that can install a solid timber flooring and with a wide range of species on offer, there’s something for everyone. Recycled timber is a practical alternative if your budget is limited and by shaving off the top few millimetres, a new timber grain finish awaits. If you are an eco-friendly person, recycled timber is the ideal choice – something confirmed by many Australians – who are very happy with the finished product.
Take the durability of laminate and the aesthetic properties of vinyl and you have what is known as “hybrid flooring”. Some online flooring stores stock hybrid flooring and the numbers are rapidly increasing, as the benefits far outweigh either laminate or vinyl. Cost is within the laminate or vinyl brackets and if you want to maximise your VFM, hybrid flooring takes some beating.
A very cost-effective way to replicate solid timber flooring, laminate is durable and very long-lasting and comes in many timber species finishes. Soft backing ensures a warm feel underfoot. The sheets can easily be cut to shape and installation takes a few hours and the floor is ready for use. Laminate can be laid upon almost any substrate and as far as durability goes, it is up there with hybrid flooring.
Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT)
LVT offers stunning timber finishes, making it a very popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms, where real timber would be unsuitable. Most flooring companies will stock LVT and with a simple online search, you can be talking to a flooring expert who would be happy to give you the pros and cons of LVT, along with the other flooring materials.
All of the above composites are fabricated using multiple layers, with the core providing the strength and durability, while the other layers are criss-crossed for additional strength. As far as waterproofing is concerned, you could immerse a piece of composite flooring in water and it would not swell. There is a special insulation layer that prevents moisture from rising up, ensuring the material always remains dry.
High Resolution Digital Images
In case you’re wondering how these composites manage to look so good, the secret lies in a hi-res digital photo that is printed onto a fine membrane and this is the top layer, which is then covered with a protective film to great durability. Scratch and scuff resistant, composite flooring is easy to keep clean and will stand the test of time.
Whatever you decide, there’s nothing that can beat the look and feel of a timber floor and by choosing one of the above, you can expect to enjoy many years of trouble-free use.