Timber Flooring Tips
If you want to update your living room, kitchen, or bedroom fast and effectively, one of the best ways to do so is by updating your flooring. And if you want to replace your flooring, one of the first questions you must answer is what kind of flooring you will want to use.
For many who don’t want to deal with the upkeep and cost of timber, the answer is hybrid flooring.
We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about how long hybrid flooring lasts, and how to maintain it. With this information, you will be able to make an informed decision for you and your home.
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Hybrid flooring is essentially a combination of vinyl and laminate flooring. It has several layers, including:
An attached cork backing, which can help optimise both acoustics and comfort
A rigid inner core often composed of limestone composite. This core is designed to be waterproof and temperature stable
A decorative design layer that can be customised to match any appearance, like the appearance of authentic timber floorboards
A UV coated wear layer usually made from aluminium oxide that provides additional resilience and durability
Yes. Hybrid flooring is essentially a combination of all the best parts of laminate and vinyl flooring. The resulting rigid floor is beautiful, functional, and extremely durable. Check out a few of the benefits that come from waking up to striking hybrid floors in your own Perth home:
✔ Extremely long-lasting and resistant to scratches, dents, and stains
✔ Aesthetically pleasing and resistant to UV light, meaning that it will remain beautiful over time even with sun exposure
✔ Hardwearing and designed to maintain its shape and durability even with extreme temperature changes or harsh sunlight
✔ Waterproof, which makes it ideal for spaces that might have significant water exposure, including laundry rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, dining rooms, and garages
✔ Quiet flooring option compared to hollow flooring options that create disruptive echo
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Hybrid floor is one of the lower maintenance flooring options available today. There’s no need for special cleaning products, equipment, or polish – in fact, you should avoid things like strong chemicals, steam mops, oils, polish, wax and soap.
As these products can hurt your hybrid floor over time and cause damage that shortens the lifespan of your floors. Instead, you can maintain hybrid floors simply using a damp mop. This, of course, should be accompanied by regular sweeping and vacuuming as you notice dirt and debris. Coming up with a proactive weekly sweeping schedule can help you keep your hybrid floors in tip-top shape.
Hybrid flooring lasts longer than both laminate flooring and vinyl flooring.
Vinyl flooring, on one hand, can be difficult to install because its planks need to be glued to the floor. Laminate flooring, on the other hand, can be prone to swelling because it’s not waterproof. Hybrid flooring offers the many benefits of both laminate and vinyl flooring without any of these drawbacks. When properly installed and maintained, hybrid vinyl flooring can last for decades, even if you have:
High foot traffic
If you want a long-lasting flooring option, then, look no further than hybrid floors.
How to take care of hybrid flooring
In the same vein, how do you take care of hybrid flooring once it’s installed? As we mentioned, hybrid flooring is very low maintenance and easy to take care of, which is one of the reasons that we recommend it so highly – particularly if you have children, pets, or you’re installing your flooring in a high traffic area. That said, there are a few things you can do to make sure that your hybrid floor lasts for decades to come. Specifically, we recommend that you:
Dust, sweep, or vacuum your hybrid flooring every one or two weeks to get rid of any grime or loose particles that could scratch the floor
Avoid dragging heavy furniture across the floor to limit scratches and abrasion
Mop up any footprints, dirt, or mud with a soap-free, non-abrasive cleaner
Clean up any spills or stains immediately using a dry microcloth. If a stain goes unnoticed, you can also use diluted rubbing alcohol to break it down and clean it up.
Use blinds or curtains to prevent prolongued exposure to direct sunlight, which could eventually cause your hybrid floor to fade
Following these simple cleaning steps will help keep your hybrid flooring in excellent shape.
How to find the best hybrid flooring provider
To find the most qualified and effective hybrid floor provider near you, we recommend that you tick the following boxes.
Do your research: Research local Perth-based installers. The right local company will be able to provide high customer care as well as a quality standard. Here, you can ask around and see what company other people in your community recommend. Word of mouth will always be the most powerful and reputable way to understand how a company really works.
Do a deep dive: Once you’ve found a few installers that you think will do the job properly, we recommend that you do your research and make sure that they are properly licensed and insured.
Ask about their services: It’s important to find out right away if the company you’re considering will also offer things like prep work and clean up. Do they follow any protocols to keep your home clean? Will they move your furniture? The right professional will take care of all of this, but you will have to cross your t’s and dot your i’s.
Ask for an estimate: Do they offer a free quote or estimate? These are industry standard, particularly if a company is able to measure your floor space. Make sure that this is offered.
Evaluate communication: Check how they communicate with you and evaluate online reviews on their website, on social media, and elsewhere. This is an important job in your home, and you want to make sure that the team you hire is transparent and communicative.
Hybrid flooring is a long-lasting, beautiful flooring option
If you’re looking for a durable, long-lasting, waterproof, and UV-resistant flooring option, consider hybrid flooring.
With proper care, this aesthetically pleasing flooring option will last for decades, and it will require very little maintenance from you and your family. If you have specific questions about hybrid flooring, or you would like to speak to one of our flooring experts, reach out to us on 0407 983 020.
You can also contact us directly by filling out the form here and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.