Hardwood floors are beautiful, but often attract a hefty price tag – so what are your options when it comes to Australian timber inspired flooring materials?
When it comes to the materials used in our homes, many of us are guilty of daydreaming about red mahogany or ironbark timber – that is, until the price tag brings us crashing back down to earth. It doesn’t look like hardwood is about to get any cheaper either, with the cost of production increasing rapidly with fewer trees to harvest.
The good news is that technology has delivered alternates that are both cheaper, easier to install, and are ultimately more sustainable – so what are your options?
Four Flooring Materials That Replicate Australian Timber
If you’re looking to renovate or add a new floor to your home or property, it can be difficult to balance out style, price and functionality. The good news is that there are now a wide variety of materials that have drawn inspiration from Australian timber and hardwoods, at just a fraction of the cost.
Engineered Timber Flooring – Engineered timber flooring has a top layer of natural hardwood beneath several layers of protective coatings, which gives it the same luxurious look and feel of the solid timber floorboards that many of us dream of adding to our home. Products to try include Preference Select for an Australian timber look and feel.
Hybrid Flooring – Multilayer hybrid flooring is soaring in demand, as it combines the very best from a wide range of flooring materials: the waterproofness of vinyl, the scratch resistance of laminate, and a hardwood lookalike finish – without the price tag. To channel Spotted Gum or Blackbutt tones, try Aspire Hybrid Classic or Iconic.
Laminate – Laminate flooring is tailored to suit any project, as it can be supplied in either hardwood-inspired strips or a tile sized square of your choosing. Combining the aesthetics of wooden flooring with the low maintenance and cost effective benefits of laminate, choose from our wide variety of Australian timber inspired laminate planks.
Vinyl Plank – Designed to mimic the distinctive and elegant appearance of hardwood floors at a fraction of the cost, vinyl plank settles neatly with the decor of any room. It comes in a variety of colours, is easy to take care of, and best of all – looks good for years to come. The Dunlop Heartridge collection features six different Australian timber inspired tones to choose from.
Where To Source Australian Timber Inspired Flooring
In 2020, the options for types of flooring are almost limitless, and selecting the right type for your home isn’t an easy feat. With each home, comes a different preference or priority: are you chasing style, functionality, or simply want to stay within the budget? This is especially relevant if you’re trying to channel timber tones without taking out a second mortgage.
In operation for over 24 years, at Tile Wizards we pride ourselves on getting you more, for less. We pioneered the warehouse format, and our stores are purposefully designed to make your selection easier, and ultimately offer our customers quality, price and the right advice.
So if you are looking to get started with flooring solutions, sourcing carpet, timber or tiles, or even just want some honest and friendly advice – please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Tile Wizards today for a free quote, as we’re able work with you in order to bring your flooring vision to life.