Flooring Comparison

Updating your flooring but not sure which type will best suit your needs? We can help! Below, you'll find a list of the pros and cons of each type of flooring. If you're still unsure, contact our friendly team and we'll be happy to provide some recommendations.

Features\Types Vinyl Hybrid Bamboo Engineered Timber Solid Timber Laminate Carpet
Cost Low - Medium Low - Medium Medium - High Medium - Very High High - Very High Low - Medium Low - Very High
DIY Friendly
Durability Low - Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium High Low
Waterproof -
Eco Friendly
Pros
  • 100% waterproof
  • Less expensive than many other flooring types
  • DIY-friendly installation options
  • Endless variety of patterns and colours
  • Low maintenance
  • Warm and comfortable
  • Suitable for large scale commercial projects
  • 100% waterproof
  • Intended for use in any rooms in your home or business (bathrooms, kitchen, laundries, living rooms)
  • Multi-layered construction suited to temperature changes and very warm areas
  • Offers the appearance of timber with less investment and maintenance
  • Stands up well to wear and tear
  • Great range of style and colour options
  • Comes with a built- in underlay
  • Truly DIY-friendly installation
  • Durable and hard wearing
  • Termites hate bamboo, because it contains indigestible fibres
  • More water- resistant than other natural flooring solutions
  • Bamboo is a natural, renewable resource. This allows you to purchase responsibly- harvested floors.
  • More cost effective than timber
  • Can be sanded and refinished like a solid timber floor
  • Multiple installation methods and more DIY-friendly than solid timber
  • More environmentally friendly than solid timber, as only a small portion of slow growing hard wood is used. Other layers of faster growing, purpose grown plantation timbers, are used throughout each plank.
  • Can be installed in larger areas than solid timber before expansion breaks are required
  • Stunning appearance with ample character and a totally unique appeal
  • Damaged planks can be sanded or refinished, sometimes as much as 7 times
  • Can improve the resale value of a home
  • When cared for properly, timber can last for generation
  • Low maintenance
  • Eco-friendly nature
  • Wide range of colours and styles to choose from
  • Relatively low investment price
  • Wood fibers combined with resins in several layers come together to make laminate planks flexible and strong
  • The most scratch, stain and burn resistant floor covering type
  • DIY-friendly
  • Can mimic the look of timber without the maintenance and investment
  • Imparts an inviting, cosy atmosphere
  • Comfortable
  • Wide range of price options
  • Available in endless colour options, patterns, designs, and styles
  • Installation typically costs less than other types of flooring materials
  • Easier and faster to install than most other flooring options
  • Great acoustic properties
  • With carpet tiles, damaged tiles can easily be replaced
Cons
  • Will not increase a home's resale value
  • Temperature sensitive. Can grow and shrink, leaving gaps between planks unless hard stuck to the floor with adhesive.
  • Cheaper brands can be susceptible to fading in excessive sunlight
  • Uses the same wear layer as vinyl plank flooring, so is still susceptible to scratches from moving furniture
  • Many styles suffer from the same plastic look as vinyl planks due to the same picture film and wear layer being used. However, there are now several options that are embossed in register (EIR) in the same way as high- end laminate flooring, which is much more true to life.
  • Susceptible to scratches
  • You should avoid certain cheap flooring options that are constructed with the use of potentially toxic adhesives (we don't stock these)
  • Pricier than other flooring options
  • Although it is better able to stand up to moisture than timber, it is not waterproof
  • Initial colour will change after exposure to sunlight and oxygen, but will stabilise and take on its ‘true’ colour within 6-12 months
  • Requires more care be taken in everyday life than other flooring options to avoid damage to the floor
  • Higher investment and installation cost
  • Susceptible to wear, sun bleaching, and scratches
  • Susceptible to moisture damage
  • Initial colour will change after exposure to sunlight and oxygen, but will stabilise and take on its ‘true’ colour within 6-12 months
  • Requires more care be taken in everyday life than other flooring options to avoid damage to the floor
  • Unlike timber, damaged planks cannot be sanded or refinished
  • Most laminate flooring is not waterproof, making it imperative to wipe up any spills immediately. There are, however, many highly water resistant options available.
  • Can have a ‘click clack’ sound when walked on with hard shoes
  • Can show signs of wear and tear, especially in high traffic areas
  • Although it generally just needs regular vacuuming to stay clean, carpet does occasionally need to be professionally cleaned
  • Some argue that carpet traps dirt and allergens, making it a poor choice for individuals with allergy issues. However, this may be a good thing as the allergens stay trapped in the carpet fibers until you vacuum them up.
  • Needs to be replaced more frequently than other types of flooring
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