Timber Flooring Vs Laminate Flooring: Which one to choose?

Are you tired of cleaning those worn out carpets? If your carpets look dull and lifeless, consider installing timber or laminate flooring. It depends on your needs and interest. Timber and laminate flooring gives the charming and sleek modern look.

Here we have compiled a list of questions that will help you to pick the right flooring

  • How much traffic a carpet area of your home gets?
  • Where are you planning to install them?
  • What colours do you like?
  • Do you have children and pets?
  • What do you have on your floors at present?
  • What’s your flooring budget?

To help you make the better choice for your flooring solutions, take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of timber and laminate flooring.

Advantages of laminate flooring

  • Laminate flooring is available in wide range of widths and styles that resembles like real timber.
  • It is not only an affordable flooring option but relatively easy to install.
  • Easier to DIY.
  • Laminate flooring top layer is made up of aluminium oxide that resists scratches, stains, surface burns, household chemicals, and protects against fading. Plus, they comes with the Warranty of 25 years.
  • It is an Eco-friendly material, made of using sustainable wood and low-emission glue, oil and lacquer.
  • It requires spay and dry mop for cleaning. Make sure you don’t use too much water.
  • It doesn’t shrink or warp as it’s core layer is a high-density fiber board, long-lasting and moisture resistant.
  • Can bear underfloor heating.
  • The top surfaces provide various finishes, such as rustic and distressed surfaces.

Drawbacks of Laminate Flooring

  • When laminate flooring wears out, it has to be replaced, it can’t be refinished.
  • If you prefer natural items or products then you shouldn’t choose this product because it’s not as natural as the wood flooring.
  • It has hard structure and doesn’t comfortable support.
  • Laminate flooring has lower resale value than engineered timber or timber, however better than carpet.
  • If you prefer silent floor for your house, then you should find other alternatives as this product produce some unwanted or disturbing sounds.
  • Laminate flooring has a smooth surface, so it can be slippery except if slip-resistant layers have been built in.
  • It is not the environment-friendly product.

Advantages of Timber Flooring

  • Timber Flooring has a wide range of timbers to choose from such as  Walnut, Oak, Tassie, Tallowwood, Spotted Gum, Merbau, Jarrah, Kempas, Ironbark, Cypress Pine, Brushbox, Blue Gum, Blackbutt.
  • You can make your old timber floors to look as good as new one with a bit of work by sanding back floorboards and adding a wax, wash, or painting them.
  • Timber is a natural product and it’s hard to beat its look and feel.
  • It is an eco-friendly product.
  • An extensive choice of timber floor colouring available
  • It is easy to clean
  • High resale value
  • It can bear underfloor heating.
  • When there is low humidity, then it’s best to install timber flooring.
  • Timber flooring can lasts for more than 30 years.

Drawbacks of Timber Flooring

  • It’s more difficult to install timber flooring than laminate flooring, so most people prefer to have it professionally installed.
  • Timber flooring is not water resistant since it expands when wet and contracts when it dries out. Also, Warps and cracks can occur over time.
  • Timber flooring is more expensive than carpet and laminate flooring. However, it’s a long-term investment.
  • Timber floor sanding needs to be done before so many times before floorboards get too thin or start to crack.
  • Prone to dents, scratches, and other damage.
  • It requires regular maintenance.

No matter what you choose, Laminate or Timber Flooring will enhance the interiors of your home.

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