Choosing a new floor for your home or business is a big decision. First and foremost, you will need to decide what type of flooring product best suits your needs. Although there are the standard wood, vinyl and laminate types, there is still a lot to consider when deciding which route to take for your home or business project.
Solid timber flooring is always a very popular option because it looks elegant, prestigious and has a very sturdy feel about it. Most people seem to love this flooring type as it not only looks great, but has much character as well.
Solid timber floors are classic and allow you to make a true statement of style. They are a great choice for long-term or heavy use and will last for many years with the right care and maintenance.
Solid timber does however require more attention than other flooring types, because it can potentially undergo changes due to humidity and other elements. Whether you choose solid timber which is oiled or has a lacquered finish, it is the ultimate in excellence. One downside for DIYers is that solid timber does require fitting by professional flooring installers, lucky O’Brien has a team of highly skilled timber flooring Melbourne based tradespeople, who will install your new solid timber floor to a very high standard. You also have the piece of mind that all of our work is fully insured and guaranteed.
Engineered timber is a beautiful wood flooring option which delivers the same great look as solid wood, with the advantage of being much easier to install and maintain – it is attractive, practical and affordable and as a result, engineered timber flooring has become one of the most popular choices for homeowners and DIYers.
Engineered timber is made up of a variety of layers, including the top “Lamella” which varies in thickness. Keep in mind that when choosing a brand, the thicker the top layer, the more times it can be sanded back throughout its lifetime, so be sure to take the amount of wear your floor will undergo into account when weighing up your options. Engineered timber can also be installed over heating systems, which is a huge advantage and gives many home owners more options when choosing their dream floor.
Laminate is another excellent choice because it is extremely easy to maintain. That alone makes it the optimal choice for households or businesses that are very active or who want a no fuss, no mess flooring solution. Laminate flooring offers a “real wood” effect, on top of its harder, durable under layer. In a nutshell, Laminate gives you the best of both worlds offering a gorgeous, authentic appearance without all the hard work that goes into maintaining floors made of real timber. Laminate flooring utilises a “click lock“ system which allows for quick and easy installation by DIY enthusiasts.
Luxury Vinyl Planks
Luxury vinyl planks are also very easy to clean and maintain. An added benefit to choosing this type of flooring is that they are available in a large variety of sleek, stunning designs and colours and are also very hard wearing, scratch resistant and highly durable.
If your floors are prone to continuous wear, dirt and staining, vinyl floors could be a great option to consider. They are also perfect for rooms which are prone to constant spillages and also for wet areas, such as bathrooms and laundries. They are very easy to maintain using a simple mop and bucket, as cleaning with water does not affect them, unlike their timber counterparts. Vinyl flooring also comes in loose lay or “click lock“ systems which allows for quick installation.
Strand Woven Bamboo
Finally, a wonderful, hard wearing natural flooring option is Strand Woven Bamboo. It is made of quality solid bamboo which offers high durability. The “Strand Woven” planks’ look and finish feels like standard hardwood floors, but instead are made from “Bamboo”, a grass native to China.
They are environmentally friendly, tough and extremely versatile and therefore, a great choice for natural flooring. Strand Woven Bamboo flooring is available in a variety of colours and styles. They offer greater density and strength than timber flooring, are durable enough for high traffic areas and can be installed over already existing timber floors, concrete and tile. Strand woven bamboo flooring is considered by many to be the next generation of natural flooring products, because of its unique features.