Timber, Laminate or Hybrid Flooring?

Hybrid flooring and laminate flooring are both types of flooring that are relatively new compared to timber flooring. Timber flooring was the go to for years when wanting a natural feel within the home. But in the past 10 years there has been a shift with emergence of hybrid and laminate flooring. In the photo above you can see they all look pretty similar but what’s the difference between these three? Let us analyse each option and figure out the best one for your next project.

Timber Flooring

Timber flooring is made of strips or planks of wood that have been cut to size and then finished with a protective layer. It is available in a variety of wood species, so you have plenty of options to choose from. Timber flooring offers a unique quality finish and when sealed properly offers a water repellent surface that is easy to clean and maintain. It is also relatively easy to install and if properly cared for; can last for generations. However, timber flooring can be expensive compared to other flooring options and it may be prone to water damage if it is not properly sealed.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is made of a High-Density Fibreboard (HDF) base layer that is covered by a printed layer and then topped with a clear protective wear layer. It is a highly durable and scratch-resistant option that is also easy to clean and maintain. Laminate flooring can be very cost-effective and can imitate the look of hardwoods, stones and other natural materials but it doesn’t offer the same warmth or depth as these materials.

Hybrid Flooring

Hybrid flooring is a combination of both engineered timber and laminate flooring. It has a protective, highly durable and scratch-resistant top layer. Underneath this layer is a construction of high-density fibreboard (HDF) core board that is sandwiched between several layers of hardwood backing. This combination makes the floor ideal for areas with heavy traffic such as living rooms and hallways as it is very hard-wearing. Hybrid flooring also offers a great range of visuals as it can be printed to simulate almost any look. It provides a hardwood look that is far more durable and waterproof than a traditional hardwood floor.

Final Verdict

It all comes down to what you want out of your flooring.

If you are looking for a waterproof and durable flooring option, then hybrid flooring is the way to go. It is more expensive than laminate flooring, but it will last for a longer period of time and will look great even after years of use. If you prioritise warmth and cost is irrelevant then timber flooring will deliver the best results. However, if you are looking for a more budget-friendly option, then laminate flooring might be the right fit for you.

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