What is Hard Flooring?
Hard flooring AKA solid flooring is a type of floor that is made from durable materials such as timber, ceramic tiles, natural stone, laminate or vinyl. Hard Flooring solutions are known for their durability, ease of maintenance, and timeless aesthetic appeal.
In this blog, we give you an easy guide to all things Hard Flooring to help you choose the right product for your project.
What is Hard Flooring made of?
Hard flooring can be made from a variety of materials that are all durable, easy-to-maintain, and aesthetically pleasing options for any home.
Here are the common types:
This type of flooring can be made from solid hardwood planks or engineered timber which features a veneer of natural hardwood on a substrate.
Natural timber flooring is known for its beauty and warmth. It is available in a wide range of species, including Oak, Maple, Blackbutt, Spotted Gum and Walnut.
Made from fired clay and available in a wide range of designs, colours, styles and sizes Ceramic flooring wins on durability. They are resistant to scratches, stains, and water damage.
Stone flooring is made from natural materials such as marble, travertine, limestone, bluestone, granite, or slate. This type of flooring is known for its unique beauty and natural variation in design and colour.
Thanks to advances in technology, hard flooring is also available in budget friendly materials that combine the aesthetics of nature with modern technology. These include things such as floating floors, hybrid flooring, laminate and vinyl.
How to Clean Hard Flooring
Each hard flooring material has its own special cleaning requirements but all are very easy and straightforward. Below are some general tips to keep your hard flooring looking its best:
- Sweep or vacuum regularly to remove dirt, dust, and debris.
- Wipe up spills immediately.
- Mop with a damp mop and a cleaning solution suited to your hard flooring material.
- Always avoid using abrasive or acidic cleaners as they can damage the surface of your flooring.
How to Install Hard Flooring
Installing hard flooring can be a DIY project or left to professionals. We have guides for each material type here but below are the general steps:
- Measure the space and purchase the appropriate amount of flooring material with 10% wastage included.
- Prepare the subfloor by ensuring it is clean, level, and dry.
- Install any necessary underlayment, such as a waterproofing or soundproofing.
- Install your chosen flooring material by following the manufacturer's instructions.
- Finish your floor with any necessary trim, moulding or scotia.
How to choose the right hard flooring for your space
All hard flooring options are known for some great overall features and benefits such as durability, easy maintenance and a timeless style however it is important to know that each material has its own specific properties that may or may not suit your project.
Hot Tip: If you are unsure what your best option is talk to one of our experts.
The best Hard Flooring options
Here at Beaumonts we offer a diverse range of hard flooring solutions, below is a handy list of our favourites.
Hard Flooring Type
What Is It?
Features & Benefits
Popular for good reason Luxury Vinyl flooring is a type of material made of synthetic material with multiple layers including a top wear layer, a printed layer, and a backing layer.
Laminate flooring is made with technologically produced materials and features multiple layers. A top wear layer, a decorative layer, a MDF or HDF core and a backing layer.
Hybrid flooring is an innovation in flooring technologies taking the best features of laminate, floating floors and vinyl. With the varied core technologies priced at different levels, the Hybrid Collection has an option to suit most budgets.
Engineered timber flooring is made from multiple layers of wood that are bonded together, which makes it more stable and less prone to warping than solid timber flooring.
The top layer is usually made of hardwood veneer which provides the flooring with its aesthetic appeal.
Ceramic tiles are made from a mixture of different clays and minerals. They are one of the most practical and safest flooring choices ever made and have proven their durability and beauty over thousands of years.
Natural stone products are they real deal. They can have high variation in colour, veining, hue, surface texture and overall appearance.
Find Your Hard Flooring In-Store
Put on your shopping shoes and hit up those stores that have the goods. Luxury Vinyl, Laminate, Hybrid and Engineered Timber are avialable in selected stores, so it's time to get floored and take your home décor game to the next level!
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