Which Type Of Timber Flooring Is Right For You?

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If you are looking for a sophisticated solution to flooring for your property, you don’t need to look any further than timber flooring options. With durability, warmth and a natural aesthetic timber flooring has long been a popular choice in New Zealand. There are, however, many different choices when it comes to timber flooring. Here are the most common.

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid timber flooring is made from one solid piece of wood and is the traditional option for timber flooring. It is often chosen for its natural durability and extended lifespan, making it a popular choice for high-traffic areas. However, solid timber flooring can be expensive and requires proper maintenance to keep it in good condition.


Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered timber flooring is made from multiple layers of wood, with a top layer of solid wood. This type of flooring is more stable than solid timber flooring and is better suited to areas with high humidity levels, such as New Zealand. It is also easier to install and maintain, making it a perfect option for many people. Forte’s engineered timber flooring range is designed exclusively for New Zealand’s diverse climates and Kiwi lifestyles.


Laminate Flooring

Laminate timber flooring is made from a high-density fibreboard base and a printed wood-look surface layer. This type of flooring is a budget-friendly option, as it is significantly less expensive than solid or engineered timber flooring. However, it is not as durable as the other options and is not recommended for high-traffic areas. Laminate flooring cannot be refinished and therefore needs replacing when worn.


Bamboo Flooring

A less common option is bamboo flooring. A type of hardwood flooring made from bamboo stalks. It is a sustainable and eco-friendly option, as bamboo grows much faster than traditional hardwoods. Bamboo flooring may last for years with proper care and maintenance but is more susceptible to damage.


Parquet Flooring

Made from small pieces of wood arranged in a geometric pattern to create a unique look, is an option for those looking to add character and interest to their space, however, it is uncommon. Parquet flooring is available in a variety of woods and finishes, making it a versatile option that can be customised to suit any décor, however, as it wears the pattern may be disturbed.

With various types of flooring options available, each with its unique properties, it’s important to consider your preference, your budget and the climate in which you live. We believe our range of engineered hardwood flooring offers the best combination of natural beauty, sustainability and durability for beautiful floors that last longer. Contact us today to find out more.


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If you have any queries about our products or need help with your project, we can provide you with expert advice. Visit one of our showrooms or book a consultation with our flooring experts today.