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Direct Flooring Online Buyers Flooring Guides, which provide a short analysis of each flooring product’s descriptions along with pros and cons. Our team is available to answer any questions you may have so, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Solid Wood Flooring Example

Solid Wood Flooring

DESCRIPTION: Solid wood flooring is simply lengths and sizes cut from a single piece of Timber with no layers added.

PRO’S: Tends to last longer than any other flooring products, sometimes 100 years or more. If solid wood flooring starts to look tired over the years it can be sanded back by a professional up to 8 times removing the tired surface and making the floor look brand new again.

CON’S: Solid wood tends to be more expensive than similar alternatives.

You may also be interested in our Wood Flooring Grades Guide.

Engineered Wood Flooring Example

Engineered Wood Flooring

DESCRIPTION: Engineered wood flooring looks and feels like a solid wood product as it has a top layer of solid wood with layers underneath usually made up of a material such as Plywood, HDF or a soft wood and a strong base layer usually made of Plywood or similar.

PRO’S: Looks and feels like solid wood for a lower cost. Engineered wood can also be sanded back by a professional to renew its image. A good quality product with a good thickness of solid wood layer can still last decades.

CON’S: As the solid wood part of the product is only the top layer it can only be sanded 1-3 times depending on the thickness of the solid wood layer.

Laminate flooring in the kitchen, with a breakfast bar

Laminate Flooring

DESCRIPTION: Laminate flooring is a man-made product made to look like a natural product. A high quality photographic image underneath a clear protective layer. The inner core layer is usually composed of Melanine resin and fiberboard materials.

PRO’S: Looks like a natural product without the cost and susceptibility to moisture and temperature changes at a lower cost then Solid and Engineered wood products.

CON’S: Doesn’t quite match the luxury image or feel of engineered or solid products. Can still be damaged by excess water / liquids. Usually doesn’t last as long as more expensive products. Can’t be refurbished like solid or engineered wood products.

Examples of LVT Flooring with a colour chart

LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile)

DESCRIPTION: LVT is a man-made product made to look like a natural product that comes in tile or plank shape. It has a high quality printed layer covered by a clear protective cover with a thick strong base.

PRO’S: Affordable. Very Strong and durable. Water Proof and easy to maintain.

CON’S: Can be slippery when wet. Can be noisy with hard shoes, as can solid and engineered wood.

Parquet Flooring Example

Parquet Flooring

DESCRIPTION: Parquet flooring refers to patterns such as Herringbone and Chevron. It comes in most types of flooring material including Solid Wood Flooring, Engineered Wood Flooring, Laminate Flooring and Vinyl Flooring.

PRO’S: Traditional sophisticated appearance.

CON’S: More time consuming and expensive to install due to the increased installation difficulty.

Vinyl Flooring Example

Vinyl Flooring

DESCRIPTION: Vinyl flooring is a man-made product mainly used in kitchens and bathrooms due to its waterproof and slip resistant properties. It is made from felt or fiberglass with a printed and embossed sheet coated with clear vinyl, finished with a clear protective urethane top layer. Available in sheets, tiles and planks.

PRO’S: Relatively inexpensive and durable. Versatile, slip resistant, waterproof and quiet to walk on.

CON’S: Cannot be refurbished. Lower quality image and feel to more expensive products such as wood.


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