Hard floors are beautiful, add character to homes, are durable and easy to clean. Until recently people were covering wooden floors with carpet, but today hard floors have become very popular. However with so many options on the market, it can be a challenge to decide which hard floors will best suit your home and personal style.
That’s why the flooring specialists at The Flooring Room – with stores in Tauranga, Palmerston North and Nelson have created this guide to help you find your perfect hard flooring.
Engineered Timber Floors
Engineered timber is an innovative, man-made wood flooring option that many see as the future of flooring. After becoming incredibly popular in Europe, engineered timber flooring is taking hold in New Zealand as well with many of our Tauranga and Palmerston North clients requesting it. It is more stable than a traditional solid timber floor, which means that it won’t shrink or warp the way these can. These floors can be sanded back and refinished if required.
Best For: Those wanting a natural luxury timber floor; frequent entertainers; people after long-lasting floors.
Another European import, laminate flooring is essentially an image of timber printed onto the flooring. It is very realistic, mistaken by more than a few flooring-snobs for hardwood floors. But these days, laminate is more than just disguised hardwood – coming in a variety of styles and patterns. These floors are scratch resistant, fade resistant, and therefore great for families. Waterproof options are available, and the look is incredibly realistic.
Best For: Busy people with little time to spend maintaining floors; families; high sun areas.
Despite having many properties attributed to hard woods, bamboo is actually a grass. Bamboo flooring can be quite similar to hardwood floors in terms of looks and durability, but has its own unique style, and considered eco-friendly.
Best For: Those wanting a distinctive looking floor – often lighter in colour
Vinyl and Vinyl Planks
Modern vinyl flooring boasts the benefits that always made vinyl a popular choice without the dated colours and old-fashioned prints. Today, vinyl floors are incredibly versatile and beautiful. Laid from rolls, as vinyl planks or luxury vinyl tiles, they can achieve a look of hardwood floors through to vibrant colours and prints. Vinyl is durable and affordable, easy to clean and comes with non-slip options great for commercial spaces or rest homes
Best For: Those after a practical and affordable floor; unique and fashionable patterns.