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Since laminate is made from pressed wood, it is more durable and resists scratches, moisture and wear and tear. Laminate flooring is also easier to clean. Today laminate flooring can simulate the look of dozens of different natural hardwood materials.
Engineered wood is real wood flooring that’s built in layers and bonded together. The top hardwood layer shows all the natural characteristics and beauty of the selected wood species, just as you would see with any genuine wood floor. Below the surface layer are multiple layers of high density fiberboard (HDF) that create a board with greater strength and stability than a solid wood board.
Bamboo flooring is ecology friendly. Bamboo is made from natural vegetation. The bamboo plant is a highly renewable resource that is able to grow to maturity in as little as three to five years.
Vinyl flooring is water proof. It can be installed in a kitchen. It is durable and stands up well to heavy foot traffic. It is comfortable under foot and reduces noise, which can be important for owners with kids or pets. It is easy to install and maintain. Vinyl flooring comes in a broad range of colors and patterns to match every decor, including a variety of lifelike wood grains.
Why choose a timber floor?
Traditional solid timber flooring is sometimes considered a more expensive option than other floor finishes. However, there are a number of other timber flooring products at different price points and which enable consumers to have multiple options when seeking out more economical timber flooring. Such products include engineered flooring and laminate flooring.
Good quality timber floors last for decades. The largest competitor to timber flooring – carpet – is regarded as having a service life of approximately 10 - 15 years due to the accumulation of stains and high wear in trafficable areas. By comparison, and often with a minimal maintenance program, solid timber floors will not only last longer but actually look better as the years go by.
Easier to clean and more hygienic
A simple brush or light vacuum keeps timber floors looking great. If household pets or children have dragged mud through the house, a damp mop removes the grime with ease. At a comparable age, carpets will typically exhibit more wear and tear, and take progressively longer to maintain.
Timber floors are more hygienic than carpets. Nearly 100,000 dust mites can live in one square yard of carpet according to US research. Allergen producing dust mites, fleas or dust can adversely affect allergy and asthma sufferers, a problem which timber floors eliminate. Carpets can also trap unpleasant odours from domestic animals or spilt substances.
Increase your property value
Stone and tile floors although as hygienic and easy to maintain as wood, but do not have the same warmth and feel of timber floors. Nor do they hold the same attractiveness if it comes to resale or lease of a home. A study by ATFA of Real Estate agents established that properties with timber floors rent out or sell more easily and at a better price compared to properties with other floor finishes.
Carefully weigh up the benefits of the various flooring options before you make a final choice as not only is it a big investment but it affects your family’s health, the aesthetics and value of your home.