What is Hybrid Flooring?

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What's the deal with Hybrid Flooring?

It's a simple question with a not-so-simple answer. In the vast landscape of flooring options, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the array of choices available. Enter hybrid flooring: the new kid on the proverbial flooring block that seamlessly blends the best attributes of laminate and vinyl to redefine the standards of durability, aesthetics, and functionality.

If you've found yourself intrigued by hybrid flooring, you're in for a treat. Let's delve into what makes hybrid flooring a standout choice for homeowners and businesses alike, offering our customers a versatile solution that transcends traditional flooring limitations.

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So, What Exactly is Hybrid Flooring?

Picture this: a floor that embodies the timeless elegance of timber while boasting the resilience of modern innovation. That's hybrid flooring.

Crafted with a high-density core and a robust surface, hybrid flooring stands tall against stains, kids, and even the whims of pets, making it an ideal companion for both classic and contemporary homes across Australia, rain or shine.

Hybrid flooring combines the strengths of two popular flooring materials: laminate and vinyl. It offers a unique blend of durability, aesthetic appeal, and functionality. Unlike traditional laminate, which is susceptible to swelling when exposed to moisture, and vinyl, which requires adhesive for installation, hybrid flooring seamlessly integrates the best features of each material without the drawbacks while maintaining the timeless aesthetic of timber flooring.Armstrong Kingswood Hybrid Product Image

Unpacking the Layers: What Goes into Hybrid Flooring?

  • Knowing what's going into your home, office, or wherever you need Hybrid Flooring is always good. At its core, hybrid flooring comprises four essential layers: 

  • - UV-Coated Surface Layer: Engineered for durability and impact resistance, this top layer ensures that your flooring withstands the rigours of daily use without succumbing to wear and tear.

  • - Decorative Layer: Mimicking the natural look of timber flooring or concrete, the decorative layer adds an element of elegance and charm to your space, offering a wide range of design options to suit any decor style.

  • - Composite Core Board Layer: This is the heart of hybrid flooring, and it changes based on the different variations. This layer provides waterproof and temperature resistance, making Hybrid Flooring an ideal choice for areas prone to moisture or temperature fluctuations.

  • - Pre-Adhered Underlay with Acoustic Backing: Providing comfort underfoot and sound absorption, the pre-adhered underlay eliminates the need for additional underlay installation, saving both time and money during the flooring process.

Understanding the Different Variations

  • - SPC (Stone Plastic Composite): Featuring a core composed of limestone and PVC, SPC flooring is renowned for its exceptional durability and effortless maintenance. It's the perfect choice for those seeking a low-maintenance lifestyle.
  • - EPC (Engineered Plastic Core): Engineered for increased stability, EPC flooring is ideal for high-traffic areas in both residential and commercial settings, offering reliable performance and longevity.
  • - IPC (Infused Polymer Core): IPC flooring boasts a tough and silica-free composition, providing protection against airborne crystalline silica, thus safeguarding the health and well-being of our customers.

  • - MGO (Reinforced Mineral Core): Made from Magnesium Oxide, MGO flooring combines strength with lightweight properties, making it resistant to mould, mildew, and harmful bacteria. It's the perfect solution for high-density areas where cleanliness and durability are paramount.

  • - WPC (Wood Plastic Composite): Crafted from recycled wood and PVC, WPC flooring offers unparalleled underfoot comfort and impressive acoustic properties, ensuring a cozy and peaceful living environment.

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Pros of Hybrid Flooring:

Ease of Installation and Repair:

  • Thanks to its click-and-lock mechanism, hybrid flooring offers hassle-free installation, making it a DIY-friendly option for homeowners. Plus, in the event of damage, individual planks can be easily replaced, ensuring that your flooring remains pristine for years to come.


  • Built-in Underlay:

  • There is no need to spend extra time or effort installing additional underlay, which means you get a more seamless experience overall.


  • Affordability for Quality:

  • Offering a cost-effective alternative to traditional timber flooring, hybrid flooring allows you to achieve the look of hardwood without breaking the bank. With its wide range of designs and styles, you will surely find the perfect match for your budget and aesthetic preferences.


  • Waterproof and Durable:

  • Say goodbye to worries about water damage or swelling. Hybrid flooring boasts 100% waterproof properties, making it suitable for use in any area of your home or business. Additionally, its exceptional durability ensures that it can withstand the demands of high foot traffic, making it an ideal choice for busy households or commercial spaces.
  • Low Maintenance:

  • Cleaning and maintaining hybrid flooring is a breeze, requiring nothing more than regular sweeping, vacuuming, or mopping to keep it looking its best. With proper care, your hybrid flooring will retain its beauty and functionality for years to come.



Cons of Hybrid Flooring:

Cost vs. Laminate and Vinyl:

Despite being cheaper than timber, the slew of technology built in makes it more expensive than standard Vinyl or Laminate Flooring options.


Scratches and Dents:

Despite its overall durability, Hybrid floors can be susceptible to scratches and dents. It's important to be wary of what you keep on your floors, especially when moving around large objects.


Long exposure to sunlight or even intense internal lights, along with latex or rubber mats, can cause slight discolouring. You can circumvent this with the use of curtains/blinds and woven or non-stain rugs.

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  • Elevate Your Space Today with Hybrid Flooring

At Floorworld, we're committed to transforming your vision into reality, one plank at a time. Explore our extensive range of hybrid flooring options and embark on a journey of timeless elegance and enduring quality. Elevate your space with Floorworld and redefine the essence of modern living.


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