We are often asked about the different types of timber flooring, here’s some general information that should clear things up for you. Your timber floor is a large investment in your home and you need to consider the right option for you.
- LAMINATE FLOORING
Whilst some new laminate floors can be waterproof, its generally not.
Laminate flooring clicks together and prices can vary a lot depending on the durability of the laminate chosen.
Often MDF backing or sometimes slightly more ware resistant HDF.
A scotia will be required unless you install the skirting after the flooring is installed. Can be noisy, underlay is required.
- VINYL PLANK FLOORING
Vinyl plank is usually glued down with but joints.
Thicker vinyl plank may be loose laid.
Quite a durable flooring with good scratch resistance and water resistant, but don’t use your steam mop on vinyl plank floor.
If your surface isn’t level a self leveling base will need to be poured.
A quieter floor and easier to replace individual planks when loose laid.
Generally no underlay is required.
Using thinner vinyl floor may mean you don’t require scotia.
- HYBRID FLOORING
Another click together system that’s a bit of a cross between vinyl and laminate.
It’s very durable with scratch resistance and water resistance, but still no steam mop and can be noisy.
Scotia required unless you install the skirting after the flooring is installed.
- ENGINEERED FLOOR
Real timber veneered floor often with plywood base material.
Engineered flooring is clicked together and comes pre-finished, could possibly be refinished later if the veneer if thick enough veneer top.
Depending on the finish can easily scratch, shouldnt need acclimatising like real timber.
- REAL POLISHED TIMBER
Choosing real timber for your floor comes with some benefits and some issues to work with.
This is the most expensive flooring system that most people will consider.
Its real timber so can be sanded and re-finished a number of times.
You need to polish this timber, it doesn’t come pre-finished.
If your building “old school ” you may consider a cut in floor, this however has its own issues.
You must acclimatise real tongue & groove timber floor for several months before you install.
End matching is important and hidden nailed is best.
If you don’t wait for the moisture content to match the local environment you will have problems with expansion or shrinkage .
The order of the flooring types above is higher priced as you go down the list.
Scotia is a small piece of curved timber that is installed to cover the join between your flooring and the skirting.
If you install the skirting after the floor is installed then you don’t need to use scotia, this however costs a little more.