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What flooring should I choose?

What flooring should I choose?

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Types of flooring options

There are so many options on the market when it comes to flooring. Timber, vinyl, tiles, polished concrete, carpet. With each of these options you also have so many varieties of each that have their own pros and cons. In this article we will look at your different options when it comes to flooring and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Timber

Timber is highly durable and also great for people with allergies. It can provide an easy and budget friendly product that is great under foot and is visually appealing as well. There are a number of options available and each has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Solid Timber

Pros

  • Is usually thicker than your laminates and fixed to the structural floor.
  • It is solid all the way through
  • Most of these are sanded and polished on site which gives you more choice around colour
  • Can be used as structural timber because of its thickness and can last a lifetime

Cons

  • More expensive
  • Regular maintenance with sanding and polishing
  • Can easily damage if it gets wet and is not sealed properly

Engineered timber

Is multi layered timber with a top layer of laminate or veneer on a cheaper underlay of timber. The top layer of veneer or laminate is generally only 1-6mm thick.

Pros

  • Can be cheaper than solid timber
  • Quick and easy to install
  • Variety of manufactured colours

Cons

  • Easy to damage
  • Can't be sanded and polished
  • Not solid and can have quite a bit of bounce when you walk on it

Bamboo

Technically a grass, strand-woven bamboo is said to be as hard as ironbark which is one of the hardest species of timber on Earth. It can be strand woven and glued back together or have a layer of veneer on top of layers of cheaper plywood and comes in a variety of pre-finished colours.

Pros

  • Hard wearing and durable
  • Easy to clean
  • Price. Generally costs between $90-$120 supplied and installed

Cons

  • Easy to scratch
  • Can be manufactured with toxic chemicals
  • Does not like water or moisture

Parquet flooring

Sustainable and environmentally friendly, it is made from a solid block of wood. It comes in a variety of species and sizes and can be refinished multiple times.

Pros

  • Sustainable and environmentally friendly
  • Solid
  • Very long lasting and hard wearing

Cons

  • Expensive
  • High maintenance
  • Don’t like moisture

Tiles

With so many different types of tiles and a variety of finishes for each type, you can be forgiven for feeling stressed or overwhelmed when it comes to choosing your ideal tiles. Here we will cover the most popular choices which include ceramic, porcelain and natural stone.

Ceramic Tiles

These tiles are made in a very similar fashion to your porcelains with a few subtle distinctions. They are both made from natural clay and hardened by heat. Ceramic tiles are generally made from coarser clay and heated at a lower temperature in a kiln.

Pros

  • Cheaper to purchase
  • Comes in a range of solid colours
  • Can be used for variety of different areas
  • Easier to install as its softer to cut

Cons

  • Does not have the ability to mimic natural stone or patterns
  • Less water resistant
  • Less dense therefore less durable

Porcelain

Porcelain tiles are made from a finer clay mixture which contains higher levels of natural quartz and is heated at much higher temperatures. It is highly resistant to water and has the ability to mimic natural stones such as marble as well as timber.

Pros

  • More dense therefore more durable
  • Comes in a variety of colours and patterns
  • Highly resistant to water and heat

Cons

  • Can be slightly more expensive than ceramic
  • Harder to cut and drill into due to its density

Natural Stone

As the name suggests these tiles are made from slabs of natural stone that are quarried. They are cut into smaller slabs and then into the required size and finish of the end product. The most popular examples include marble, limestone, granite, travertine.

Pros

  • Unique with natural variations that are impossible to replicate
  • Instant luxurious and elegant feel
  • Can withstand heavy foot traffic

Cons

  • Very expensive for materials and labour
  • Very porous unless sealed on a regular basis
  • Can sometimes chip very easily

Carpet

Carpets have come a long way from the 80’s. There are so many types and styles available you can rest assured there is one that suits every budget. Although not everyones choice of flooring, there are a number of advantages and disadvantages. Different types of carpet include Nylon, polyester, wool and polypropylene.

Pros

  • Budget friendly
  • Can keep a room warm and comfortable
  • Safety in terms of slip resistance
  • Natural sound barrier

Cons

  • Not as durable as other flooring options
  • Easy to stain
  • Allergens such as mould and dust mites
  • Can be manufactured using harsh chemicals
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