Carpet & Flooring

What is Hybrid Flooring?

Waterproof, Family Friendly Flooring

Hybrid Flooring is man made, consisting of several layers pressed together. This most modern flooring, combines the best features of laminate and vinyl to give you a rigid floating floor that is 100% waterproof and highly durable.

The top layer is the wear and tear layer, the second layer is a graphic print of the design. Next comes the core of the floor board, this part is designed with the stability of the whole floor in mind.  The last layer is an acoustic backing that helps reduce sound resonance in your home.

Hybrid flooring is waterproof, very durable and withstands dents and scratches even in high traffic areas. There is a vast range of colours and styles available. Hybrid flooring is affordable and requires little maintenance. 

Timber look Hybrid Flooring is the most popular but some companies are manufacturing some stone looks as well. There is a great range of timber look that definitely will fit in with any styling trend. The most sought after styles are Coastal, Scandinavian, Hamptons and Rustic. There are plenty to pick from to achieve the style you want. 

At Newcastle Carpet and Flooring, we like to keep our installs in-house. Our invoices are inclusive of your installation, you won’t receive a separate subcontractor invoice. All work is guaranteed by us with no 3rd party contracts.

Hybrid flooring in living areas
Sorrento Almond Hybrid Flooring Installed By Newcastle Carpet and Flooring In Home At Lake Macquarie November 2020

Hybrid Flooring vs Laminate flooring

Both products are great options for a busy home. Both are durable, easy to maintain and are affordable. Both products are installed in a similar way, as a floating floor and both come in a great range of colours and textures. The biggest difference is that hybrid flooring is waterproof and laminate tends to only be water resistant. 

Laminate Flooring is a fine- printed photograph laminated onto layers of wood composite material. Laminate and Hybrid flooring can imitate the look of real timber flooring, oak timber, bamboo or Australian Native Species. A large amount of colours are available to make any interior designer happy. 

Laminate flooring is not usually waterproof but can be water resistant. They are an affordable choice for most projects. Laminate also gives you that wooden sound when you walk on the floor, but without the cost of real timber. 

Hybrid is considered to be more durable than laminate. Laminates have quite a smooth finish. High quality Hybrids feature grain embossing that adds to the texture and authenticity of the floor. 

Hybrid flooring vs vinyl plank flooring

Hybrid Flooring and Vinyl Plank Flooring are essentially similar products. The main difference is the rigid core of a hybrid vs the more flexible core of the vinyl plank. This difference means that the installation method is very different. 

Hybrid planks are installed as a floating floor, which means they need space to move and are ‘floating’ over your subfloor. Whereas, Vinyl Plank Flooring is glued down to the subfloor. 

Both products are waterproof and easy to maintain. Both products come with long guarantees – some have lifetime guarantees on the wear layer. You can have great confidence in the purchase of either product. 

Vinyl and Hybrid once installed are the same to the end user. The differences are vinyl uses less trims and fittings to be installed. We do not have to pop and replace skirting 

Hybrid Flooring can generally need less floor preparation than Vinyl Plank Flooring which can save you money. 

At Newcastle Carpet and Flooring we like to help you choose the best product for your home. We use our expertise to help you determine what is the best product for your home. Hopefully this will reduce the outlay for floor preparation in your home. 

Very professional and knowledgeable staff, with high quality products available. The work was completed to a high standard with a follow up call to confirm satisfaction with the work. Highly recommended.
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