Timber Flooring Alternatives That are Easy on the Budget
It is very rare to find your dream home within your budget, so you’re most likely going to want to change some aspects of it if you’re a first-time buyer. So it’s important when you’re a new home owner that you set extra money aside for home improvements or renovations.Just say your new home is carpeted throughout, but you’ve always dreamed about having smooth hardwood floors. You’ll want to look for quality products that won’t break the bank. There are a variety of timber-look flooring options that can work for your home, from bamboo and engineered timber, to loose lay vinyl, and laminate. It can be a bit tricky to decide on a timber flooring option so to help you out, we have provided an outline on each timber-look flooring option Tile Wizards provide.
Solid Bamboo: Eco-friendly Flooring
In the search for the best flooring solution for your home, a venture into the wide world of bamboo flooring may be the way to go.It’s a sustainable and stylish option, not to mention eco and budget friendly. It’s no wonder this flooring option is very popular at the moment. The environmentally friendly floor is easy to maintain and is able to be refinished as many times as necessary.The smooth surface doesn’t trap mites, dust, pollens, spores or any other airborne allergens so it is the perfect flooring option for people suffering from allergies.
Engineered Timber: Low Maintenance
Engineered timber flooring is designed to reduce the moisture problems associated with conventional hardwood, its layers block moisture and provide added stability.It is designed to combine the natural timber look with easy installation and low maintenance. What makes Engineered Timber significantly different is that it can be installed over any flat surface – including tiles; all you need is a good quality underlay to provide better noise and moisture insulation.
Loose Lay Vinyl Planks: Versatile Flooring
Loose lay vinyl tiles are completely dimensionally stable, this means that they will not expand or shrink depending on moisture levels.
Once installed, there is no expansion gap between the tiles and the wall. All that is needed in order to prepare the floor for application, is a Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) which can be rolled on with a paint roller. In the event that a tile gets damaged it’s as simple and easy as removing and replacing it.Loose lay vinyl is just as easy to get it off the floor as it is to lay it down so if you move houses and want to take your floor with you, you actually can. The ease of installation, removal as well as the finish and stability makes Loose lay vinyl a very versatile product.
Laminate: Durable Flooring
Laminate is a more traditional timber-look flooring choice, it is very affordable and extremely easy to install. It comes as either planks or tiles and the edges and ends are designed to snap together so there’s no nailing. Its construction provides stability and prevents seams from opening up during changes in humidity. Laminate is installed over a thin foam cushion underlayment as it is very lightweight. This process means that it’s a good candidate for installations over most existing flooring, with the exception of carpet, eliminating the need for tear-out.
The wear layer of laminate floor is extremely tough, which makes maintenance and cleaning easy. Laminate flooring is almost impervious to dents and scratches unlike original wooden floors. It has a “wear layer” that protects the photographic layer underneath which can have generous 10+ year warranties. Despite having a tough surface, laminate flooring is comfortable and resists stains.
Hopefully you’ve got a better idea of what flooring option will be better suited to you home, if you are after colour options, go have a look at our Timber Product Range.
If you’d prefer to come in and chat to us about flooring options or if you need some extra help, drop by one of our Tile Wizards stores.
Our stores are located across Australia, in and around:
• Sunshine Coast QLD (Tile Wizards in Bokarina)
• Coffs Harbour NSW (Tile Wizards in Coffs Harbour)
• Adelaide SA (Tile Wizards in Lonsdale, Para Hills West, and Richmond)
• Brisbane QLD (Tile Wizards in Brendale, Capalaba, Springwood, and Toowoomba)
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