Which floor for my home?
Decide on flooring early in your project by considering the space, your lifestyle, and the workload your floors will endure. Flooring will affect your overall design aesthetic but it is important to balance comfort and style with durability, maintenance, and affordability. Consider the following:
This floor offers a timeless natural floor without the price tag of timber. Bamboo is extremely durable so will outlast other flooring choices and damaged floor planks can be replaced. This floor is sourced from highly sustainable plantations and ticks environmental boxes for eco-friendly production. For DIY enthusiasts the easy uniclic system, locking planks into place without glues and screws is a viable option.
Seeking a continuous flooring look then a durable waterproof floor that can be laid in every room of the house is the best option. Strata is available in residential and commercial grades with a lifetime warranty and replicates the beauty and realism of timber planks. It contains a 100% waterproof ISOCORE layer and has an Ultrafresh surface treatment to control microbes, so it is easy to maintain. Softer underfoot than hardwood floors Strata absorbs sound and combined with underlay is excellent for reducing in-room and transfer sound. Great for busy family life.
Crete & Herringbone
For more drama in your flooring, select a herringbone pattern with the features of Strata. Its durable waterproof construction offers the on-trend, WOW factor without the upkeep of natural timber. Herringbone is available in five popular timber looks and offers flexible creativity when combined with Crete tiles.
From large expansive spaces to smaller areas, the modern Crete tile with the benefits of Strata construction is a top contender. The multi-layer construction is highly stable and with large 600mm x 600mm tiles, that are quick and easy to lay. Your floor will be softer, quieter and warmer underfoot than a conventional tile as well as easy to maintain.
Both ranges include the acoustic underlay for fast and easy installation, saving costs.
Want a durable natural timber floor without the cost and upkeep? Consider a quality high-resolution laminate like Balterio. With easy to install, interlocking boards and an extensive range of natural looks, laminates can handle harsh NZ sun conditions. Ideal for the Kiwi Lifestyle, pets, kids and high heels these hard surface finishes and water-resistant options make this quality European range highly desirable for kiwi family life. Simply vacuum and use a damp mop to help maintain its good looks which can be impossible to discern from real wood. Life proof they say.
Words by L M Powell