Polyflor Timber-Look Vinyl Flooring vs. Traditional Timber

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Timber flooring is often a dream for many Australian homeowners. The idea of timber flooring is traditional. It is cemented in the minds of many homeowners as the standard in hard-wearing flooring. The appeal is easily understood, with such a vast variety of shades, textures, and laying patterns available to the consumer. Timber flooring can fit any home, no matter how traditional, modern, or eccentric.

However, the cost is the biggest barrier to entry for people to own the timber look that fits their desired aesthetic. At Polyflor we are proud to have created an affordable, environmentally preferred range of timber inspired vinyl flooring. The use of vinyl ensures you are not cutting down trees for timber. Meaning not only do you have a cost-effective flooring solution, but you are also playing your part in reducing the deforestation of our environment. Our vast range of timber planks replicates the real timber without the worry of expensive installation and maintenance costs. One of the key aesthetic appeals of Polyflor Timber-Look Vinyl Flooring is its remarkably realistic wood grain texture and rich colour variations. Advanced printing and embossing technologies allow for intricate details, ensuring that each plank resembles natural wood down to the smallest knot and grain pattern. Whether you prefer the rustic charm or sleek elegance, there's a vinyl plank option to suit every taste and interior style.Brown Living room with Vinyl Flooring

Wide Range of Patterns and Shades

Polyflor offers a wide range of timber-look flooring solutions with a variety of patterns and shades, providing endless options to suit various design preferences and interior styles. There is no shortage of choice when it comes to Polyflor’s wood-look vinyl. From Oak, Pine, Walnut, Mahogany, Elm and Birch, to name a few, your style opportunities are vast, meaning you are sure to find something that fits your desired aesthetic. Additionally, Polyflor offers a variety of plank sizes and laying styles, including a variety of parquet styles such as herringbone and chevron, which allow for elevated and bespoke interiors.

Benefits of Timber-Look Vinyl Over Real Wood

Polyflor’s timber look vinyl offers several advantages over real wood flooring, making it a popular choice for both homeowners and owners of commercial spaces. Some of the key benefits include its water resistance and its affordability.

Water resistance is one of the primary advantages of timber-look vinyl as opposed to traditional wood. Unlike real wood, which is susceptible to water damage, vinyl flooring is highly resistant to moisture, making it more ideal for are prone to spillage of water and liquid contaminants. This makes it a versatile material as it can be suited for several areas, including basements, kitchens, and bathrooms, where timber would not traditionally be applicable. This water resistance helps prevent warping, swelling, and mould to ensure that your floors remain beautiful as well as functional for years to come. 

The most valuable attribute of timber look vinyl is its affordability in comparison to timber. If you are a budget-conscious homeowner looking for a cost-effective flooring solution, Polyflor timber-look vinyl presents itself as your most viable option. Not only does it give a gorgeous timber design look with unique know-how and grain detailing, but it does also not break the bank. Additionally, timber loom vinyl flooring requires less maintenance over time, further reducing the long-term expenses associated with floor care.

modern living area with kitchen, stairs and dining on vinyl floors

Applications in Residential and Commercial Settings

Timber-look vinyl flooring is a versatile option that can be effectively used in both residential and commercial settings. In a residential setting, living rooms are a fantastic option. Timber-look vinyl flooring adds warmth and character to living rooms, family rooms, and dens, creating a cosy and inviting atmosphere for relaxing and entertaining guests. Additionally, kitchens are great applications of timber-look vinyl due to their water resistance. Timber-look vinyl flooring adds comfort and style to bedrooms, offering a soft and inviting surface to walk on while also providing durability and easy maintenance.

In a commercial setting, timber-look vinyl flooring is often used in retail environments due to its durability, ease of maintenance and aesthetic appeal. It can withstand heavy foot traffic and frequent cleaning while providing a stylish backdrop for showcasing merchandise. Vinyl flooring’s water resistance makes it very desirable for cafes, where spills and stains are likely to occur. In addition to offices, healthcare facilities and hospitality venues have proven to be great applications as per the previously described properties of timber-look vinyl flooring.

Installation Techniques and Maintenance Tips

There could be a number of reasons to clean and maintain your timber-look vinyl floor. Infection control, dust control, preservation of product safety and social acceptance. Some maintenance tips that can prolong the life of your vinyl are regular cleaning- sweep or vacuum the floor regularly to remove dust and dirt. Prevents scratches by placing felt pas under furniture legs. Protect from direct sunlight as it can cause discolouration and fading. Use window treatments such as blinds or curtains to minimise UV exposure. Deal with spills in a prompt manner using Pureflor Hard Surface Cleaner, Polyflor’s recommended cleaning product. It uses a multi-enzyme formula and is noncorrosive and environmentally preferred with a platinum certificate as rated by the Global GreenTag Health Rate certificate scheme. Lastly use entrance mats or rugs to trap dirt before it gets onto the vinyl.
Dogs in foyer on vinyl floorAchieve your dream new floor with Polyflor’s timber-look vinyl solutions. It’s low maintenance, cost effective and gives you the freedom to choose flooring to fit your specific design needs. Be the source of admiration as you transform your flooring and create the space it was always meant to be.