While composite flooring has been around for a while, there is a new material that is fast becoming the number one flooring choice for Australian homeowners, as it ticks all the boxes and is also very affordable. Hybrid flooring, as the name suggests, is a hybrid between two composite flooring materials, bringing you the visual appeal of vinyl together with the extreme durability of laminated flooring.
Multi-Layered for Added Strength
There are four components to hybrid flooring, starting with a core made from compressed wood cuttings and resin, onto which a cork backing is attached, which prevents moisture from rising up from the substrate. The other side of the core has a high-resolution digital image imprinted, which gives the stunning design, with many types of woodgrain finish, slate and also stone finishes. The final layer is the protective coating, which is scratch and scuff resistant, offering a high level of protection that is completely waterproof and will not bend or warp. The cork backing is optional, as very often, no backing is needed, although it does give an added sense of softness when walking, and results in zero noise.
Great for High Traffic Areas
You might, for example, have solid timber flooring in the lounge and dining room, yet this is impractical for wet rooms like the bathroom or kitchen, and by installing hybrid flooring, you can have a perfect match. Hybrid flooring is ideal for kitchens and bathrooms, and if installed by professionals, you can enjoy many years of trouble-free service, and there’s no reason why you can’t have hybrid flooring in every room of the house.
Very Easy to Install
Typically, hybrid flooring comes in planks that can easily be cut to size and the flooring can be laid on any substrate without any problem. Unless you happen to be a DIY specialist, you are advised to have the supplier install the flooring, as they have a wealth of practical experience installing hybrid flooring in many challenging environments.
Digital images of stunning timber grains and stone designs allow for a first class finish to suit every taste, and with more than 30 timber designs alone, finding something ideal is never an issue. While early versions of composite flooring left a lot be desired aesthetically, the latest generation look and feel like the real thing. Oak, pine, walnut and ash are all represented in a range of natural shades, ensuring that you can match with the surroundings, and of stone is your thing, you can choose a subtle travertine finish.
If you are thinking of replacing your flooring any time soon, you would be well advised to look into hybrid flooring, which offers the homeowner both durability and aesthetics, and when compared to other flooring materials, you have a high quality, low-cost flooring that will stand the test of time. Talk to a hybrid flooring specialist who can show the wide range of designs available with this revolutionary composite.