Bamboo, laminate and engineered wood floorings

Bamboo, laminate and engineered wood flooring: your options compared

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One of the first questions that you need to ask yourself when it comes to choosing new flooring for your home is whether you’d like walking on hard or soft flooring? This can depend on the function of the room, what your priorities are (i.e. comfort versus durability) and what look you are trying to achieve.

If you have decided for hard flooring, then you have even more decisions to make! There are a wide range of hard flooring options available and the most popular include engineered timber floorboards, laminate planks and bamboo to only mention a few.

All have different benefits and what you choose mainly depends on your preferences, needs and budget. Let’s go through some of the features of each type of flooring and why they could be a suitable flooring choice for your home!

Laminate: easy to maintain and inexpensive

There are so many reasons why people choose laminate flooring for their homes, but some of the main benefits of laminate flooring is how durable and long-lasting it is, it’s inexpensive price point and the fact that you can get laminate flooring in a huge range of colours, patterns and styles.

Laminate flooring consists of layers that are adhered together in a lamination process. It has an inner core of wood and this helps to make the floor strong and durable. Instead of being glued or nailed to the subfloor, the flooring is fixed using a ‘click and lock’ assembly, known as a ‘floating floor’ system, which means that it is also easy to install yourself!

While laminate flooring may conjure up images of unfashionable patterns on sheet laminate from the 90’s, today’s laminate can be easily mistaken for wooden floorboards, but at a fraction of the price!

Bamboo: durable and sustainable

Bamboo flooring can give you the benefits of hard wood flooring, but often at a fraction of the price! Like hard wood, it is ideal for allergy sufferers as bamboo flooring does not promote dust or dust mites and they are also very long-lasting and doesn’t scuff easily.

One of the main benefits of bamboo is that it is very environmentally-friendly, as bamboo is a fast-growing and renewable crop. Bamboo plants take only four to seven years to mature, compared to trees that make hardwood floors like jarrah or gum trees, which can take many decades to grow to full size.

It comes in a much smaller range of range of colours to choose from when compared to laminate, but is very on trend at the moment as it can give your home that light and Scandi-inspired look that is so popular!

Engineered timber: very durable but requires maintenance

Engineered timber floor, to not confused with timber flooring, is made by joining multiple layers of wood pressed together. These layers of wood are called plys. The visible top layer of an engineered timber plank is called the lamella and is generally made of hard wood such as Blackbutt, Jarrah and Spotted Gum.

Engineered timber flooring is typically more prone to scratches and scuffs than laminate and bamboo which means it needs more maintenance than other flooring types. But on the flip-side, engineered wood offers greater durability and a more realistic look as well as feel.

On average, engineered wood is comparatively more expensive than other flooring options and it comes in a range of price structures right from the bargain prices to luxury styles. The price tag of engineered timber is mainly driven by the thickness of the lamella and its unique characteristic.

Bamboo, laminate and engineered wood compared

Pro Con
  1. Very tough
  2. Water resistant
  3. Environmentally sustainable
  1. Can be less stable than other hard floor options such as laminate
  2. Relatively limited colour palette
  3. Widely variable product quality
  1. Inexpensive1
  2. Low maintenance
  3. Easy and fast to install
  1. Less eco-friendly
  2. Can look cheap
Engineered timber
  1. Tougher than laminate
  2. Wide range of colours and finishes
  3. Environmentally sustainable
  1. Requires careful maintenance
  2. Vulnerable to water damage
  3. Can only be refinished 3 or 4 times

Ultimately, whatever type of hard flooring you are looking for, the experts at Parrys Carpets can help you make the decision for what is best for you and your homer.

Contact us today to see our wide range of options and for our expert advice!


About the Author:

Ian is a renowned floor covering expert in product knowledge and installation. He is specialized in all types of floor coverings for many years and his knowledge in the industry is exceptional. Feel free to ask Ian any floor covering question you may have.

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