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Is hybrid flooring good?

There are plenty of flooring options available in the market - vinyl, laminate, hybrid, and timber. With the plethora of options available, it can be difficult to make a decision on which option is right for your home.

If hybrid flooring has piqued your interest, then you have stumbled to the right place. In this article we will discuss hybrid flooring - what it is made of, its pros and cons, and if it is worth the investment. Keep reading and hopefully, you will be able to get a better understanding of this flooring type.

What is Hybrid Flooring?

Hybrid flooring is a mix of two popular types of flooring - laminate and vinyl.

Vinyl and laminate are blended together to make a durable and hard-wearing flooring option.

On its own - laminate flooring is prone to swelling as it is not waterproof. Vinyl flooring can withstand moisture but it is difficult to install as the planks need to be glued to the floor. Hybrid flooring takes the best of both laminate and vinyl without their drawbacks.

Hybrid Vinyl Flooring Malabar - Preference Floors

What is Hybrid Flooring made of?

Hybrid flooring consists of four layers:

  • The top layer is UV coated for durability and impact resistance to prevent wear and tear from everyday use.
  • Decorative layer to mimic the look of timber flooring.
  • Limestone composite core board for making the flooring waterproof and temperature-resistant.
  • The underlay is pre-adhered with acoustic backing for comfort underfoot and absorbing sound. As the floor already comes with an underlay, you won’t need to add one at installation saving time and money.

Benefits of Hybrid Flooring

Easy Installation and Repair

Hybrid flooring is easy to install and repair compared to other flooring types. The planks can be laid over existing flooring as long as the surface is flat and smooth. Like laminate flooring, it is a floating floor with a click and lock mechanism. The installation can be completed by a DIY-er with little equipment if needed.

The planks might expand a little due to weather conditions but not as much as other flooring options. Usually only a few millimetres of expansion joints are enough to allow for expansion in hybrid floors.

In the case of any damage, the damaged plank can be removed and replaced, which makes hybrid flooring really easy to fix.

Affordable

The easy installation and repairs make hybrid flooring an attractive option for those on a budget. Without spending too much money and time stripping your existing flooring, you can change the look and feel of your home.

Stylish

This flooring option is eye-catching and elegant with a wide variety of options and designs. You can choose from a range of timber-like designs without the expensive price tag and the high-maintenance. At Impact Floors, we have a range of options and designs available to suit any decor. Discuss your Sunshine Coast's flooring requirements with our experienced team today.

Waterproof

Hybrid flooring is completely waterproof and can be used in any part of the house without the risk of swelling or water damage.

Durable

Hybrid vinyl flooring is highly durable and hard-wearing. If you have kids or just need flooring that can withstand the demands of high foot traffic, hybrid flooring is the best choice. Hybrid floors can last for decades - so if you want a long-lasting option, this is a great solution.

Hybrid flooring is the best of two worlds - it can withstand the harsh Australian climate - hot summers and heavy rains - and still be in perfect condition.

Low Maintenance

You might be wondering how to clean hybrid flooring? Luckily, cleaning and maintaining the floor is a breeze...

Regular cleaning with a broom, vacuum or mop is all you need to maintain and clean the floor.

Avoid using strong chemicals, steam mop, oil, polish, wax or soap to clean the floor. Do not use nylon scouring pads or steel wool as it may damage the floor.

Find out more about caring for your hybrid flooring here - How to clean hybrid floors

Disadvantages of Hybrid Flooring

Cost - It is cheaper than timber flooring but dearer than standard vinyl or laminate flooring.

Scratch - Although it is durable and hard-wearing, the floor can get scratches or dents. Take care when you are moving furniture around and clean the floor regularly using neutral cleaners.

Discolouration - Floors can get discoloured due to exposure to sunlight or intense artificial light. Use curtains and blinds to protect the flooring. Latex and rubber mats can also cause the floor to discolour so avoid using these materials. Opt for woven rugs or non-staining mats.

Is hybrid flooring worth it?

Yes, definitely!

Hybrid flooring offers a long-lasting, durable and affordable option. Plus it can be installed anywhere in residential or commercial settings making it an attractive choice for a huge range of applications. It is suitable for all areas of the house. However, they should not be installed outdoors or in areas where there is excessive moisture like saunas or hot tubs.

Before you buy hybrid flooring, check the warranty! Top quality hybrid flooring comes with a warranty of 20 years. So make sure you are purchasing from a reliable and trusted supplier to ensure you are getting a long lasting, quality product.

Wondering if hybrid vinyl flooring is right for your Sunshine Coast home? Speak to Impact's flooring experts at our Maroochydore flooring showroom today.

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