This guide explains the pros and cons of our wood flooring types and we have even included LVT flooring as it’s quite new on the market and often a great alternative.

There is no “best wood floor”, as each everyone will have different priorities. While aesthetics may be the top priority for one person, durability may be more important to the next. Maybe you won't mind if a floor becomes worn or scratched, but for some, this would completely ruin their floor.

Let's take a look at each wood flooring type and explore the advantages and drawbacks of each.

Laminate Flooring

Oak Trilogy Laminate flooring

Easily the most popular of wood floor types laminate flooring have some fantastic advantages.

Pros:

  • The Hardest to scratch of all wood floors
  • They are long lasting
  • Often the easiest to install & great for DIY
  • Low-cost options
  • The biggest choice of decors & styles
  • Available in wood, tile and stone decors
  • Water resistant options available
  • Pet-Friendly
  • The lowest maintenance of all wood floors
  • Suitable for underfloor heating

Cons:

  • They lack the authentic feel of real woods
  • The boards can repeat in a pattern

 

Solid Wood Flooring

Solid Oak Flooring

The oldest floor covering in the world and still one of the most popular. Solid wood flooring has some great qualities

Pros:

  • They will last hundreds of years
  • They can be refinished to look like new
  • You can stain a solid wood floor to any colour
  • Authentic real wood warmth & feel
  • A luxury finish
  • Pet Friendly
  • Low maintenance

Cons:

  • Professional installation is recommended
  • Real wood can scratch so use felt pads on furniture
  • Not ideal for underfloor heating
  • Cannot be floated. Must be glued or nailed down

 

Engineered Wood Flooring

It looks and feels just like solid wood flooring, but underneath the real wood surface is often a stablising base layer adding extra versatility.

Pros:

  • Looks and feels just like solid wood flooring
  • Very long lasting especially on thicker top layer floors
  • You can stain an engineered wood floor to any colour
  • Authentic real wood warmth & feel
  • A luxury finish
  • Pet-Friendly
  • Low maintenance
  • More stable for heat and moisture changes than solid wood
  • Suitable for underfloor heating
  • Can be installed using underlays and floating
  • Easier to instal than solid wood flooring

Cons:

  • Professional installation is recommended
  • Real wood can scratch so use felt pads on furniture

 

LVT Flooring

LVT Flooring Installed in Bathroom

Although it’s not made of wood, luxury vinyl tile flooring often comes in wood effect finishes along with many other decor types. It is extremely versatile and the fastest growing floor covering in the world.

Pros:

  • Highly water resistant
  • Suitable for heavy traffic
  • Quick and easy click installation
  • DIY friendly
  • Ready to use immediately
  • High durability
  • Suitable for underfloor heating
  • Decors for all tastes
  • Very low maintenance
  • Hard to scratch
  • Pet friendly

Cons:

  • Often more expensive than laminate flooring
  • They lack the authentic feel of real woods
  • The boards can repeat in pattern
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