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The Ultimate Flooring Guide

If you’re looking to buy flooring for your home, you’ve come to the right spot! This article will take the stress (and endless research) out of finding your dream floor.

You’re building, renovating or perhaps simply revamping your home and you’ve reached that all important stage in the design process – choosing the flooring! Yep, it’s no exaggeration, flooring is a vital design element in any interior – it’s the first thing you see when you open the door, it’s one of the biggest surface areas in your home, and it can instantly set the mood and style of a room, not to mention add value to your property.

Now, if you’re reading this you’ve probably already narrowed down your options to timber flooring – the timeless, streamlined look and versatility a wooden floor brings to an interior is hard to beat, right? But the decision-making doesn’t stop there. Of course, appearance is a high priority when choosing flooring but so is practicality – if it doesn’t have the necessary qualities to suit your space and lifestyle it isn’t going to look good for long! There are heaps of factors to consider before you buy, from how much foot traffic the floor will get, comfort levels, humidity, size of your room, to the underlay and even the sound the timber floor makes. But do not fret over your flooring, this practical step-by-step guide is designed to help you through the tricky questions and arm you with the knowledge you need to make the right flooring choice for your home. So read on and get clued up on three of the most popular timber options – laminate, engineered timber flooring and bamboo.

WHAT IS LAMINATE FLOORING?

The science bit: a multi-layer synthetic flooring product made by laminating a digitally-printed image onto a glued high-density fibreboard (HDF).

Price: low range

TOP 3 ADVANTAGES

  • Scratch- and fade-resistant.
  • Easy to keep clean. The sealed surface means dirt can’t accumulate.
  • Available in an extensive variety of designs and colours based on highly accurate representations of wood.

 

WHAT IS ENGINEERED TIMBER?

The science bit: Quick-Step engineered boards are made up of three layers of real wood with a strong protective finish.

Price: higher range

TOP 3 ADVANTAGES

  • Natural timber look that brings warmth and authenticity to an interior.
  • Excellent stability and durability.
  • Pre-finished so no need for any messy sanding, varnishing, oiling, painting – it’s ready to install!

WHAT IS BAMBOO FLOORING?

The science bit: strands of bamboo (a type of grass) woven and pressed into a solid product.

Price: mid range

TOP 3 ADVANTAGES

  • Extremely solid and durable.
  • Eco-friendly and natural.
  • The renewable raw material is harvested in managed forests.
  • A wood-like product for less.

Your step-by-step guide to fabulous timber floors

If you're looking to buy flooring for your home, say hello to your new best friend. Yes, this guide will take the stress (and endless research) out of finding your dream floor.