When considering flooring options, it’s important to understand the differences between  engineered timber flooring, laminate flooring, and hybrid flooring.  

Here's a breakdown of their unique features:

Engineered Timber Flooring: Real timber veneer with a ply substrate 

  1. Material Composition: Engineered timber flooring is made from real wood, featuring real wood  veneers over a sturdy plywood base, providing an authentic appearance. Meaning, no two planks are the same, they will all show a completely different grain.
  2. Stability and Durability: Enhanced stability and durability, less prone to expansion and contraction caused by humidity, making it suitable for areas with fluctuating moisture levels.

  3. Maintenance and Longevity: Known for its durability and longevity, it can withstand heavy foot traffic and resist warping or cupping over time. It can be sanded and refinished if needed.

  4. Cost and Maintenance: Generally, comes with a higher upfront cost. Between $60 – $140 sqm  Requires special timber-appropriate products for cleaning and regular maintenance.
Engineered Timber Flooring

Hybrid Flooring: SPC- Stone Plastic Composite

Hybrid Flooring
  1. Material Composition: Hybrid flooring combines the best features of laminate and luxury vinyl flooring, offering a versatile and resilient flooring solution.
  2. Waterproof and Scratch Resistance: Highly resistant to moisture, scratches, stains, and fading, making it suitable for high-traffic areas and households with children or pets.
  3. Easy Installation and Maintenance: Features click-lock installation systems, enabling easy DIY installation without the need for adhesives. Requires simple sweeping, vacuuming, or damp mopping for maintenance. 

  4. Cost and Value: Generally, offers a more cost-effective option compared to engineered wood flooring. You can expect to pay between $30 – $70 sqm

In summary, engineered timber flooring provides an authentic wood appearance with  enhanced stability and durability, while laminate flooring offers cost-effectiveness and scratch resistance but with specific moisture and maintenance requirements. On the other hand, hybrid flooring provides waterproof and scratch-resistant properties, easy flooring installation, and low maintenance requirements, making it a versatile and resilient option for various living spaces.

Laminate Flooring: WPC- Wood Plastic Composite

  1. Material Composition: Laminate flooring is composed of high-density MDF fibreboard with a photographic applique layer under a clear protective layer, providing a wide range of designs.
  2. Moisture Resistance: Cannot get wet, as any water used in cleaning must dry within a short period.  Requires a level floor and has a lower tolerance for moisture compared to hybrid flooring. In saying this, there are now laminate floors with new technology that are water resistant but not waterproof.
  3. Scratch Resistance: Offers scratch resistance but may vary based on the thickness of the product.
  4. Cost and Maintenance: Provides a cost-effective option between $25 – $80 sqm and usually requires less maintenance. Thin laminate products may feel cheap and less sturdy.
Laminate Flooring