Timber Flooring Alternatives
From durability and cost, to texture and visual appearance, there are plenty of timber flooring options available on the market, making it difficult to determine which type of timber-look flooring will best suit your needs.
At Flooring Wizards, we have come up with a list of timber flooring options to help you decide which flooring is best suited for you in terms of cost, appearance and wear.
Made from timbers sandwiched together then laminated with a hardwood surface, Engineered Timber has the natural characteristics of the selected wood species as opposed to a photogenic layer (which is what you get with laminate). Known as ‘floating floors’, engineered timber can be easily installed and walked on straight away. Unlike hardwood floors, it’s a very stable material, mid-price and in some cases, can be slotted together without the need of nails. Through innovative manufacturing techniques, engineered timber is a more sustainable and viable alternative to solid timber.
If you’re after timber flooring but can’t afford the high price tag, consider a laminate floor with a timber look. Laminate is durable, cost effective and comes in a variety of colours, textures and sizes. Laminate consists of 4 layers, heat pressed together on one large sheet, then cut into various sizes. Laminate planks are typically installed using a tongue and groove-in locking system, meaning you can install or uninstall with ease. The locking system also ensures a structurally stable floor. (Know the benefits of laminate flooring.)
Bamboo flooring has many properties of hardwood flooring. The bamboo plant is a highly renewable resource making bamboo flooring environmentally sustainable and friendly flooring option. Bamboo flooring is stable under both wet and dry conditions – it has minimal expansion and contraction ensuring it doesn’t move. Coming in a range of colours and styles, installation is easy with pre-finished planks. Bamboo can be installed over concrete, plywood particleboard, and existing hardwood floors or even upon joist.
Loose Lay Vinyl Planks
Loose Lay Vinyl are plank sized lengths of sheet vinyl flooring and is incredibly easy to install, durable, attractive and reasonably price. It is a non-click vinyl plank which is laid by butting up the edges to each other tightly. The common finish used, Satin Urethane, increases the floors durability and prevents dirt and scratches on the floor. Loose Lay Vinyl flooring can be laid over many original sub-floors with minimal or no floor preparation. Painted or tiled floors are no problem, and you can even take your flooring with you and reuse it when you move out!
Once you have decided which type of flooring will best suit your needs, it is time to select the colour, style and grain. Our team of experts are ready to guide you step-by-step through this phase and offer you sound advice throughout your selection process.
For expert advice on selecting your timber-look flooring and to appreciate these products up close, visit any Tile Wizards stores near you.
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