Hybrid flooring versus vinyl planks: choosing between the two

Hybrid flooring versus vinyl planks: choosing between the two

You might have heard the latest gossip in flooring: no longer do you have to compromise between the benefits of hardwood, laminate and vinyl when you’re renovating or replacing a floor.

There is a new kid on the block, and it’s called hybrid flooring.

In simple terms, hybrid flooring is an engineered product that uses an attractive design layer over a limestone core, all wrapped in super-tough polymer.

It combines the best aspects of wood and laminate floors – such as attractive appearance, rigid stability and easy installation – with the outstanding durability of waterproof vinyl floors.

From what we at Parrys have seen, most people shopping for new flooring are comparing hybrid floors against vinyl planks, so let’s take a quick look at how they stack up.

Vinyl planksHybrid flooring
Looks
  • Highly realistic for wood and tile finishes
  • Stylish and modern designs
  • Realistic looks
Living
  • Antistatic
  • Softer underfoot
  • Susceptible to gouging and scratches
  • Odour proof
  • Pet ready
  • Stain resistant
Durability
  • Hard wearing
  • Waterproof
  • UV resistant
  • Extremely strong limestone core
  • Designed for impact resistance
  • Waterproof – suits any room in the house
  • Does not crack or buckle
  • UV resistant
Cost
  • Very affordable
  • Mid-market option
Choice
  • Extremely wide range of colours, styles, thicknesses and textures
  • Range continually expanding as the product establishes itself in the market
Upkeep
  • Simplest upkeep of all flooring options
  • No special cleaning procedures
  • Trademarked technologies to resist pet claw damage
Installation
  • Easy for DIY
  • Time-intensive as must be placed piece by piece
  • Exactly the same click-and-lock process as with laminate flooring
  • Suits owner-occupier, rental and investment properties

 

Choosing between vinyl plank and hybrid flooring

At Parrys, we talk to people about these flooring options every day. One of the first things we do in answering customer questions is to work backwards from the end result they want.

There’s more to this than just the overall interior design. We also step you through aspects like expected foot traffic, room usage and colour concepts.

From this expert consultation, we can help you find the best flooring for your space, budget, design vision and living arrangements. And there is a lot to choose from!

There are just so many options on the market and flooring is rarely an emergency item, so we help you take your time to find the perfect option.

Sometimes that will be hybrid flooring, sometimes it will be vinyl plank and sometimes something else entirely. All you need to do is call and we’ll share our great advice.

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2019-10-23T06:13:20+00:00

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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