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Laminate is one of the most popular flooring choices around. It is easier to install than solid-wood floors and is a lot less expensive. Laminate floors are composed of different wood-based materials that are layered， or laminated， together then topped with a woodgrain photographic imprint on the face of each board. Engineered wood consists of a real hardwood veneer attached to the wood-based layers， making it slightly more expensive than laminate.
Hard underfoot so not ideal for areas where you’ll be standing for long periods.
Unlike woodchristmas gifts for dad， which can dent， laminate flooring is almost impervious to dents and scratches. Laminate flooring has what is called in the industry a ‘wear layer’ which protects the photographic layer underneath.
No matter how authentic laminates may appear， nothing can quite match the feel and warmth of real timber floors.
Around $14 per square metre plus the installation cost.
One of the most value-conscious flooring options today is vinyl. It’s an especially popular choice for rooms that are prone to moisture problems， such as laundries， bathrooms and kitchens.
Also known as Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)， vinyl planks and tiles are softer underfoot than natural materials. The product is thinner and lighter than timber， laminate and ceramic tiles， and can be installed where natural products wouldn’t be suitable. LVT has the natural look of real wood or stone flooring.
LVT will not splinter or crack like natural materials， ensuring that the floor carries on looking beautiful in the toughest of environments.
Whereas wood and stone are susceptible to temperature changes， LVT is warmer underfoot than its natural counterparts. It is also suitable for installing over underfloor heating systems and can be used in conjunction with acoustic underlay for extra sound insulation.
Gone are the days of cheap lino with LVT offering a wide range of options at different price points. Vinyl planking starts at around$50 a square metre.
Homeowners looking for a hard-flooring alternative without the practical drawbacks of natural materials. LVT is suitable for every room in the house.
Thanks to hardwood’s durability and warm， natural feel， it continues to be the flooring of choice for many New Zealand homeowners. Hardwood floors come in a wide variety of colours， widths and finishes. If budget is tight， pre-finished boards that you can install yourself will help keep costs down.
Timber floors have a natural give which can help if you suffer from fatigue and joint pain.
Timber floors are definitely a durable option. The better the quality， the more durable the timber. When timber floors are well maintained they can last for generations. But like all flooring， it’s important to take good care of them – they can be rejuvenated to as-new condition by sanding and re-finishing.
Timber flooring is warm under your feet so it’s perfect for those cold winter nights. Timber floors have a unique comfort and， above all else， have the appeal of an organic， natural material.
Timber floors can be more expensive than laminate or tiles but the difference is that if they are well maintained they can last as long as your house. They will also add value.
Anywhere in your home! You can always add rugs and mats to bring extra comfort to bedrooms and living areas.
Underfloor heating is the most luxurious form of heating， as its radiant heat is evenly distributed throughout the room – wall to wall， floor to ceiling – right where you feel it the most. Engage with a central heating engineer to help determine which method is right for your heating needs； this will be dependent on your flooring and your home’s structure.
Around $15，000 for installation， plus ongoing monthly power bills.
Words by： Annick Larkin.
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