Are you considering laying hard flooring in your home? If so, you might be feeling a little swamped by all the different flooring options on the market. Rest assured, all hard flooring at The Flooring Room is excellent – it’s just a matter of figuring out which one suits your needs the most. This guide will help you understand your options, then you can pop into our Tauranga, Palmerston North or Nelson shop for some specialist advice.
Hardwood floors: the traditionalist’s choice
Hardwood floors will certainly never go out of style. Their natural beauty is unmatched, and they offer character and warmth that you simply can’t replicate. Wooden floors are the most sophisticated hard flooring option on the market, and when cared for properly, they can last a lifetime.
On the flip side, natural hardwood flooring is expensive and requires regular maintenance. Scratches need to be re-sanded; dust and pet fur regularly cleaned. All this upkeep can be a handful for busy people and bustling families.
Laminate: the family-friendly floor
Laminate flooring works wonders for homes or businesses with heavy use. In laminate, an image of timber is printed onto hard layers of synthetic material. It looks like real wood but doesn’t dent or scratch like wood. Laminate flooring can stand up to a fair amount of wear and tear, it’s affordable, attractive and can be installed quickly.
If comfort is your priority, laminate might not be your best choice. It’s a hard surface, so if you’ll be standing for long periods of time, it’s not the most comfortable. Laminate also can’t be re-sanded if any damage occurs.
Engineered timber flooring: the best of both worlds
Engineered timber flooring is made of high-quality plywood topped off with a thin hardwood veneer. While it may sometimes get confused with laminate, engineered wood has actual wood on top – not just a photo. Engineered timber flooring can be seen as the best of both worlds, offering the timeless look of hardwood floors without the warping and bowing that wood is susceptible to.
Luxury vinyl tiles: the best value for money
Vinyl is a versatile and comfortable flooring option that works exceptionally well in high moisture rooms like washrooms, kitchens and laundries. Vinyl tiles are also a great choice for commercial settings where an attractive look for a lower cost is necessary. While it is durable, you still have to be careful as dents or scratches can occur from moving heavy furniture or dropping sharp objects.
Need help making your flooring selection?
Now that you know the difference between the most common types of hard flooring, it’s decision time. Come talk to one of our flooring specialists in Tauranga, Palmerston North or Nelson and we’ll help you decide.