Which Is Better – Timber Flooring Or Laminate Flooring?

Which Is Better – Timber Flooring Or Laminate Flooring?

Now the big question. "Which is better Timber Flooring or Laminate Flooring?"

Are you tired of trying to clean, that worn out carpet, which is past its use by date? If your Carpets looking tired, then you should consider installing hardwood or laminate flooring. It depends on what look you're trying to achieve. Timber and laminate flooring gives the appearance of a sleek modern look.

Here are some of the questions, to help you choose the right flooring solution.

  • How much traffic does this area get?
  • Where about in your house is the flooring to go?
  • Do you children and pets?
  • What colors do you like?
  • Are there any colors you need to complement?
  • What do you have on your floors at present?
  • What's your budget?
  • Are you planning to install them your selves or do you need a hand?

If you're looking for a dramatic lift, then Hardwood or Laminate Flooring, will add a stylish change to your house. To help you make the right choice for your flooring solutions, lets look at the pros and cons timber and laminated flooring.

Timber Flooring

  • Timber Flooring use to have a limited range of timbers to choose from, now you can have, Blackbutt, Blue Gum, Brushbox, Cypress Pine, Ironbark, Kempas, Jarrahh, Merbau, Spotted Gum, Tallowwood, Tassie Oak, Walnut
  • If you're renovating and old house, then the chances of finding timber floors underneath, when you rip up the old carpet are fairly high. These floors can be brought back to life, with a bit of work (You'll need to hire a Belt Sander, make sure the nails are flush, then you'd need to apply a 2 pac polyurethane coating)
  • There are various grades of wood. The factory sorts the timber into different grades depending on the aesthetics of each piece. As timber is a natural product, it may not have a uniform colors and textures.
  • It's more challenging to install timber flooring than laying laminate flooring, so most people decide to have it professionally installed.
  • Timber is definitely more expensive than floor coverings such as carpet and laminate flooring. You should looking at this as a long-term investment. To help your decision to invest in a Timber Flooring you should amortise the cost over 30 years period. In that time you would have replaced your carpets 2 to 3 times.
  • With your timber flooring, when starts showing wear and tear, it can be sanded and re-lacquered to look as good as new.
  • It's best to install Timbers Floors where there is low humidity, when installing it recommended to leave Timber exposed to the rooms humidity for a couple of days, to reduce the risk of warping

Laminate Flooring

  • Laminated Flooring, also know as Engineered Timber Flooring
  • If you're a do-it-yourselfer, then Laminate flooring is relativity easy to install, because most Laminate flooring systems use a click-together system that makes them simple to install.
  • It's cheaper to install laminated flooring, but you will require Airstep Timberquiet to reduce noise
  • Since laminated flooring is made of composite timber material, laminated together, it has hard wearing top coat, which won't suffer from dents easily as Timber – So girls you can still wear your high heel stilettos
  • Cleaning is, just like cleaning a vinyl floor, spay and dry mop. Don't flood your floor with too much water as this an enemy of all timber flooring.
  • like hardwood flooring the choices have grown considerably in recent years. You now have a variety of plank widths available, as well as just about any timber finish you can imagine, including many exotic species.
  • Engineered timber flooring, is a variation of laminated flooring constructed of layering timber section like plywood and is finished with timber top surface. The top surfaces allows different finishes, such as distressed, rustic or hard scraped surfaces.

Whichever way you go, Timber Flooring or Laminated Flooring will add a new dimension to your home.

Source by Tony Cagorski

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