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Which Is Better: Engineered Timber Flooring or Hybrid Flooring?

Engineered Timber Flooring by Imperial Flooring
Engineered Timber Flooring by Imperial Flooring

What are the key differences between engineered timber flooring and hybrid flooring offered by Imperial Flooring Australia?

Both engineered timber flooring and hybrid flooring offered by Imperial Flooring Australia are excellent choices for homeowners, each with its unique features and benefits.

Engineered timber flooring is made from real timber veneer layered over plywood, providing a genuine wood look and feel. It offers natural warmth and character, is durable, and can be sanded and refinished. Engineered timber flooring by Imperial Flooring Australia is built to withstand heavy traffic with excellent resistance to wear & tear perfect for home & commercial spaces. Being able to install this floor type in a direct stick glue down method offers superior stability and under foot feel, eliminating any movement compared to floating floors. With a timeless and elegant appearance, engineered timber flooring adds value to any home.

On the other hand, hybrid flooring is a multi-layered, rigid core flooring that combines the best aspects of laminate and vinyl. It is 100% waterproof, making it suitable for use in all areas of the home, including kitchens and wet areas. Additionally, hybrid flooring is highly durable, resistant to scratches and dents, and easy to maintain. It is also available in a wide range of styles and designs, including realistic wood and stone looks.

When choosing between the two, consider the specific requirements of your space, your lifestyle, and your design preferences. Imperial Flooring Australia offers a diverse selection of both engineered timber and hybrid flooring, ensuring that you will find the perfect option for your home.

What are the disadvantages of choosing Hybrid Flooring?

Not suitable for all subfloor types:

While hybrid flooring is a great option for family homes, it is not suitable for all subfloor types, more specifically older structure timber subfloors on bearers & joist.

Limited to a floating floor method only:

Being a floating floor, hybrid flooring can be noisy underfoot.

Repetitive colour pattern:

Hybrid flooring is a printed floor covering, majority of hybrid flooring types available in the Australian market are capped to a 6 pattern repeat selection, where it may feel like real wood under foot, the finished product will not look like it.

Limited Finishing details:

Limited in the capabilities for seamless finishing details for joinery & transition areas, example: Kitchen perimeter expansions require scotia or trims to finish off the expansion gap.

What are the disadvantages of choosing Engineered Timber Flooring?

Not waterproof:

Engineered timber flooring is made from real wood, extra precautions in everyday usage may be required.

Higher costs:

Engineered timber flooring is more expensive than hybrid flooring, a premium product comes with a premium price, but adds value to your property.


When it comes down to the pros & cons, engineered timber flooring wins the battle in Imperial Flooring Australia's expertise of supplying & installing both product types in an extensive portfolio of interior spaces and different site conditions to analysis the durability & performance of each product type. Engineered timber flooring offers several advantages. Firstly, it provides the natural, timeless beauty of hardwood, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of any space making it a popular choice for homeowners & commercial spaces. Engineered timber flooring is more resistant to moisture and temperature changes compared to solid wood flooring, making it suitable for a variety of environments, including kitchens and concrete subfloors. Additionally, its layered construction provides increased stability, reducing the likelihood of warping or bowing. Furthermore, engineered timber flooring is available in a wide range of styles, finishes, and colours, providing customers with diverse design options to suit their preferences. Lastly, the installation process for engineered timber flooring is often simpler and quicker than traditional hardwood floors, saving both time and labour costs. At Imperial Flooring Australia, we offer a wide selection of high-quality engineered timber flooring, providing our customers with durable, versatile, and visually appealing flooring solutions for their homes.


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