A guide to the different types of hard flooring
Hard flooring has become increasingly popular over the years, transforming a space both visually and practically. With a range of different types of hard flooring, it’s important to choose a type of hard flooring that suits your requirements.
We offer a range of hard flooring solutions both online and within our Poole, Fareham, Eastleigh and Ferndown stores across the South. Our high-quality range includes laminate, vinyl and engineered wood hard flooring.
If you’re unsure about what type of hard flooring to go for, here's a guide to the most popular types in our range.
Laminate Hard Flooring
Laminate flooring is one of the cheapest hard flooring types available and is very easy to maintain. It is constructed by fusing multi-layered materials together, with an inner-core made from HDF and a high-resolution image of the surface – wood, stone, or other materials – and a protective overlay covering on top. This type of hard flooring provides a strong, durable surface that is resistant to scratches, and chips. It is an excellent solution for high traffic areas, resembles natural materials and comes in a wide range of colours and designs.
Vinyl Hard Flooring
Vinyl hard flooring is becoming an increasingly popular and affordable alternative to wood or stone. The realistic look of either wood, stone or ceramic tile is extremely hard wearing and resilient to daily wear and tear, offering elegance and superior design quality. Vinyl flooring is made up of multiple thin layers so that the flooring is still flexible but very durable and easy to look after. This type of hard flooring is easy to clean and maintain.
Engineered Wood Hard Flooring
Engineered wood hard flooring is an appealing alternative to solid wood flooring as it looks similar, but the construction of the plank allows greater stability. Engineered wood flooring is manufactured from a blend of real wood products with three or four layers – a solid oak top layer, an HDF or soft wood core and a strengthening bottom layer for stability. The top layer is cut from a single piece of wood, giving a real-wood veneer and a solid wood look once the floor is laid. This type of hard flooring is designed with style and durability in mind.