Hard floors are beautiful, add character to homes, are durable and easy to clean. With so many options on the market, it can be a challenge to decide which hard floors will best suit your home and personal needs. If you want to be sure of the best advice and solution for your flooring, come in and see the flooring specialists at The Flooring Room – with stores in Tauranga, Palmerston North and Nelson.
Until then, here is a simple guide to help you narrow your hard flooring search.
Engineered Timber Flooring is made from a thin layer of hardwood bonded over 3 to 10 layers of high-quality plywood. Although more expensive, is best for those wanting a natural luxury timber floor.
Laminate Flooring is most often an image of timber printed onto flooring with a hard, transparent wear layer that covers the printed design layer. It can be very realistic, mistaken by more than a few flooring-snobs for hardwood floors. These floors are scratch resistant, fade resistant, and with water resistant options are great for families.
Hybrid Planks are gaining popularity internationally because of their waterproof and hard-wearing technology. These floating planks are made typically with a limestone composite core and soft acoustic backing. They also offer good stability in extreme temperatures. The new Hybrid flooring range includes wood or stone look.
Vinyl Tiles and Vinyl Planks are often referred to as LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tiles). These products are cost effective, extremely hard wearing, and because they are laid as individual planks / tiles, tend to look very realistic once installed.
Vinyl Flooring is available in 2m, 3m and 4m wide rolls, and at The Flooring Room we price by the square meter to make comparison easy. Vinyl is durable and affordable, easy to clean and comes with non-slip options.
Bamboo Flooring is quite similar to hardwood floors in terms of looks and durability but is actually a grass! Bamboo tends to be lighter in colour, and is considered eco-friendly.