The Other Flooring Options
Hardwood floors are one of many flooring options. We recommend them because they are durable, long lasting, because woodgrain looks attractive, and they can be restored with floor sanding and polishing. But we understand that different situations and persona preference means other types of flooring are used.
Tiles are the best and most popular type of floor for any wet areas. Almost no other floor can beat there water proof qualities. They are ubiquitous in bathrooms, and fairly common in kitchens. They are also popular for spas, pools and other similar areas.
Tiles are a little expensive, though they are quite hardwearing and will last for decades. If a few tiles come lose or are damaged by a heavy impact than the individual tiles can be replaced without really disturbing the rest of the floor.
Tiles will probably remain the main flooring for bathrooms and wet areas.
This is an artificial timber, made with a photo image on a synthetic board.
Laminate is quite cheap, easy to install, and looks fine, but it is not as durable as hardwood or tiles. And if it is damaged it has to be replaced.
This is made from planks that combine layers of different timber. The top layer is chosen for appearance, the other layers are chosen for strength and stability.
Engineered timber is very stable, and reasonably durable, but if it is damaged it cannot be re-sanded as the top layer is too thin. Re-sanding will destroy this top veneers.
These are a second flooring layer installed above the main floor, which are not physically attached to the lower floor surface. They are usually made from engineered timber or laminate.
Floating floors have advantages for soundproofing and heat insulation. They also provide some cushioning when walking on the floor.
Floating floors are as durable as the material they are made of, but they cannot be refinished, re-sanded or repolished if damaged.
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Solid timber floors are amongst the most durable, long lasting options. Best of all floor sanding and polishing will restore their appearance if they suffer superficial damage.