An eco-friendly surface with the look and feel of hardwood, bamboo flooring is easy to maintain, durable and more water resistant than hardwood. It can also be sanded and refinished. Bamboo is not recommended for humid climates as the moisture in the air can cause the flooring to swell. It's generally around the same price as hardwood alternatives.
Made from stable layered hardwood and plywood, engineered hardwood flooring will give your home a high-end look. Engineered hardwood is less durable than hardwood however it's a better option in humid locations as it's less likely to deform due to moisture. The cost of engineered hardwood will vary, but it can be more expensive than hardwood flooring.
Any bamboo, laminate or hardwood flooring used in large rooms or hallways usually requires an expansion joint to allow the wood to expand and contract with changing temperatures and moisture from humidity. Expansion joints installed midway through a large room or hallway are covered by something called a transition profile that covers the expansion gap.
It's important to discuss the location, profile and colour of these transition profiles when you're selecting your flooring. Builders often install these in non-obvious areas or sometimes even avoid them altogether in their display homes. They can be very unsightly if installed without consideration, so ensure you speak to your new home sales consultant to understand their approach.
Solid hardwood flooring will give your new home a luxurious finish with its true wood colour and textures. Hardwood floors are easy to clean and maintain while giving you the option to sand and refinish them when required. Hardwood flooring may scratch more easily and be less durable than cheaper options such as laminate and vinyl plank.
Laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic wood that simulates a hardwood finish. Laminate flooring has improved dramatically over the last few years and offers many different sizes, colours and textures to give your floor a realistic hardwood feel underfoot. It's cheaper, more durable and scratch-resistant compared to traditional hardwood flooring.
A polished concrete floor is an exposed concrete surface that is low maintenance, dust free and one of the most durable flooring options available. Polished concrete is available in a wide range of colours and finishes. It's worth noting that a polished concrete floor will be colder to walk on than tiles. It's also common for polished concrete to form small cracks that some people find unsightly. The cost of a polished concrete floor will vary by builder and will also depend on how elaborate the desired finished is - ask your new home sales consultant about pricing.
Quads are a narrow timber strip used when skirting boards are installed before timber or laminate flooring has been laid and are used to cover any irregular gaps between the skirting boards and the flooring surface. The use of quads can be avoided if skirting boards are installed after the flooring has been laid. Some builders install quads as standard and don't offer an upgrade option. If no quads is important to you, you might need to arrange for your skirting boards to be installed after handover.
Upgrading the standard carpet underlay will improve the support and cushioning under your feet and extend the life of your carpet. A good quality underlay may also improve your homes acoustics and noise transfer between floors.
If your home has floorboards, installing a premium wooden floor underlay will help to reduce the noise that floorboards sometimes make.
These flooring strips look like a hardwood surface and come in many different colour options. Vinyl is a hard-wearing surface that is more durable and water resistant than laminate, bamboo and other hardwood flooring options. Vinyl is a cheap and low maintenance flooring option; however, it can still get scuffs and gouges if heavy items are dropped on it. Removing these scuffs and gouges can be very difficult or impossible without replacing the entire strip.