Floating Timber Flooring vs Vinyl Flooring

The type of flooring you choose for your house is important. The right flooring can help make your house a home, so it’s worthwhile doing your research before deciding on the best flooring material for your needs.

What is floating timber flooring

Floating timber flooring is a relatively new type of flooring that has become a popular choice in household flooring. Floating timber flooring is a synthetic flooring that’s made to emulate the appearance of wood or stone and it’s finished with laminate.

Floating timber flooring for practical use

A floating floor is not glued or nailed down and as such it needs to be installed over a suitable underlay. It is installed and held in place using a tongue and groove locking system.

Floating timber flooring has a hard surface which may be tiring if you’re standing on it for prolonged periods, and can sound hollow and “clacky” when walked on. Another thing to be aware of is that floating timber flooring can be very slippery if it gets wet, which means that it’s probably not the best choice of surface for kitchen areas and dining areas.

The best area for the use of floating timber flooring are hallways, entrances and living areas, although keep in mind that floating timber flooring will show scuff and furniture scrap marks. Textured and stained/coloured timber floor surfaces are virtually impossible to repair or recoat when worn or damaged, and badly damaged planks cannot be easily replaced. Heavy furniture may anchor down your floating floor and inhibit natural expansion and contraction, causing buckling.

What is vinyl flooring

Vinyl timber flooring is a synthetic flooring made with extremely realistic timber films topped with a tough clear wear surface to create colour and style. Vinyl timber flooring can be installed over almost any existing type of subflooring.

Vinyl flooring is firm yet forgiving underfoot, easy to clean, and will tolerate being wet. If you do decide to do the installation yourself, you will only require a few simple and inexpensive tools. Vinyl flooring withstands scuffing and furniture damage, and individual planks can be replaced if required.

Vinyl flooring is an economical way to enhance the look of a room with robust material that will look good and wear well. For families and owners of rental properties, the qualities of vinyl flooring make it a great choice for adding value to your home without compromising on look, feel or durability.

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Vinyl flooring for practical use

Vinyl timber flooring is versatile enough to be laid directly over a smooth subfloor of concrete, ceramic tiles, chipboard, or wood. Vinyl flooring is a good choice for DIY installations as it has 3 simple methods for being laid; including loose lay, glue down and total stick. Each method of installing is suitable for different types of rooms.

Vinyl flooring is available in so many styles and colours which makes it easy to find the perfect match for any room.

At Integra Direct, we’re specialists in vinyl flooring for the Gold Coast residential market. We don’t just sell the product, we also offer helpful advice for the DIY enthusiasts as well DIY kits. Our extensive range of colours and designs mean that no matter what décor you have or what room you want to install flooring in, we will have something you’ll love.

We supply the following types of vinyl flooring:

  • Loose lay vinyl
  • Glue down vinyl
  • Self-adhesive vinyl

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Loose Lay Vinyl

Loose lay is the fantastic do-it-yourself glueless floor system, that has taken Australia by storm! It is a non-click vinyl plank/tile which is laid by just butting up the edges to each other tightly.

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Glue Down Vinyl

Glue Vinyl is perfect for young families because it’s cost effective, low maintance and provides a fantastic realistic look. Another benefit of vinyl flooring is how durable it is.

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Click Together Vinyl

Click together vinyl planks interlock together to create a realistic wood or stone look. They can be glued down or installed as a floating floor. Click together can be installed with minimal tools.

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Self Adhesive Vinyl

Self adhesive vinyl planks are coated with a layer of pressure sensitive glue. This means that you can simply pull off the paper separator and the planks are ready to be installed.

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Carpet Tiles

More and more people are saving money by laying their own flooring, and carpet tiles are getting increasingly popular as they are becoming more economical and easy to maintain.

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