When thinking flooring, there are quite a few options – solid timber, stone, slate, or of course, composites. Laminate and vinyl are the two most popular from the composite list, yet each has specific pros and cons and hybrid flooring takes the best of both vinyl and laminate and merges them to create hybrid flooring. The extruded core is made up of recycled timber, bamboo dust and some virgin PVC, which is extruded to produce a rigid and extremely durable material. If you wanted the durability of laminate mixed with the aesthetic properties of vinyl, hybrid flooring is exactly that.
The Durability Factor
There isn’t another composite that can match hybrid flooring for strength and durability, as years of research and development have led to the creation of very durable composites, with hybrid flooring at the top of the list. The plank is made up of several layers, including the core – made from recycled timber, bamboo dust and virgin PVC – and these layers are added at various angles to give the plank more strength and rigidity. The material is extruded under high pressure to create the core sheeting, onto which the layers are added, then it is cut into manageable planks ready for installation.
As with luxury vinyl, hybrid flooring incorporates high resolution digital images of real timber grain and stone finishes and the surface is protected by a durable membrane that is scratch resistant. The wide range of grain finishes ensures you will find something that perfectly matches your décor, with versions of walnut, oak, pine and ash that come in all shades. Stone finishes include granite, marble and travertine designs that are perfect if you happen to be a lover of stone.
Hybrid flooring incorporates high resolution digital images of real timber grain and stone finishes and the surface is protected by a durable membrane that is scratch resistant.
Thanks to a special cork backing that is affixed to the underside of the hybrid planking, the flooring is silent to walk on and what’s more, it has the softness of real timber. Noisy flooring can be irritating at the best of times and with solid timber flooring, the chances are that movement will occur after a while and once it does, finding a solution is never easy. Hybrid planking has a rigidity that is hard to match, meaning it will not bend or warp, regardless of the temperature and with a cork backing, the floor is solid.
Hybrid planking has a rigidity that is hard to match, meaning it will not bend or warp, regardless of the temperature.
With all of the above benefits, you would expect hybrid flooring to be expensive, yet it is on a par with laminate and vinyl, making it very affordable. If you would like a quote for a single room, or the entire house, an online search will help you to locate a local flooring company that specialises in hybrid flooring. The supplier would be happy to send a representative to your home, where you can take a look at the many designs and discuss your options with the flooring expert.
If you are planning to replace your current flooring or are preparing for a new build, hybrid flooring ticks all the boxes and is every bit as affordable as laminate or vinyl, yet offers a few extra benefits. For more advice see our section.