How to choose the right floor for your home?
At Timberclub Australia, you are sure to find the perfect floor for your home, but where do you begin? We have developed this simple buying guide to get you started.
Installing a new floor is one of the more expensive home improvement projects you’ll undertake. With so many choices—hardwood, laminate, engineered wood, vinyl, tile—where do you begin?
Budget is certain to factor into your decision. And style plays a role, especially if you’re updating with an eye toward selling. For wood, engineered wood, and wood-look laminate floors, wide planks and herringbone patterns are in vogue, as are hues of dark brown and blends of gray and brown. Porcelain tile that fits together in a pattern is also having a moment, especially in small spaces such as bathrooms.
You should also consider how much foot traffic, sunlight, and wear and tear your flooring will endure. For example, some engineered woods, along with a few solid wood types of flooring, aren’t as resistant to moisture as hybrid or laminate flooring—a serious drawback in a bathroom or busy kitchen. Porcelain tile would be a better choice for durability—and some new porcelain tile designs mimic the look and texture of wood—but it can be expensive and requires labor-intensive installation.
To help you make the best choice underfoot, we put the most common flooring types and brands, including Dunlop floor, Embelton floor, Top deck , Hurford , Complete floor through a series of tough tests.
Types of Flooring
Most flooring falls into one of the following six types. The type you choose will depend on your needs and budget—not to mention your personal style and aesthetic.
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Sampling Is Smart
Before you buy, get samples from us . Compare them side by side where they’re going to be installed, and look at them from different angles and in different light.
Compare for Consistency
Manufacturers try to match solid and engineered wood flooring for color and grain. But variations can occur from one batch to the next, so buy all the flooring you’ll need at one time. On the flip side, laminate floorboards within a given package may have an identical pattern that the eye can pick up if installed too close together. To reduce repetition, shuffle boards from multiple packages when installing.
Measuring Avoids Mistakes
To determine how much flooring you’ll need, measure the room’s square footage by multiplying its length by its width. (Divide an irregularly shaped room into smaller rectangles, calculate the square footage of each rectangle, and then add them together.) Then buy 7 to 10 percent extra to allow for mistakes, bad samples, and waste. Consider buying an extra box of flooring, in addition to the 7 to 10 percent extra, for future repairs or additions.
Know Your Traffic Patterns
Common high-traffic areas are entryways to rooms and to the house itself. Consider very resilient flooring for family rooms and other lounge areas that pets and kids frequent. Our top products performed best in simulated foot-traffic tests. For less busy areas, consider one of the top engineered wood or bamboo floors, for their natural veneer and easy installation.
Reference : https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/flooring/buying-guide/index.htm