October 21, 2019
Choosing the right floor type, for both inside and outside, is a challenge often faced by most Aussie homeowners.
You need to consider the amount of foot traffic, moisture, longevity, durability, aesthetics, and even sunlight that each room is exposed to.
Let’s focus on sun exposure in particular.
The fading of floor materials is a big factor, especially in Australia where we’re known for our harmful UV rays.
Most people tend to forget that over time, floors will fade, just like any other piece of furniture or material that is constantly exposed to the sun.
In this article we explain the different heat resistant floor types that are suitable for inside and outside the house to help you choose what’s best for your home.
1. Laminate Flooring
There’s a reason why laminate flooring is one of the most popular floor types amongst Aussie homeowners, it’s highly resistant to almost everything!
It’s also one of the most affordable flooring options in comparison to other types and still provides lasting durability and strength.
With an aluminium oxide top coating, it is highly resistant to dents, fading, and stains, but what makes it our top pick is the UV resistance technology in the wear layer.
Laminate comes in a wide array of styles and designs, with the ability to mimic hardwood flooring or tile decor. It is made using a high definition printer, simply choose the style, design, colour and texture.
Using a tongue and groove locking system, laminate flooring is designed for an easy floating installation that anyone can do. Save money on hiring a professional and DIY.
Apart from looking great and being highly durable, it’s also very easy to maintain. With a quick vacuum, sweep or mop, you can keep your laminate looking great all year round.
Laminate flooring is a fade-resistant option suitable in most rooms and is perfect for households with little children and pets.
2. Engineered Hardwood
Engineered hardwood flooring is a highly sought-after wood flooring solution and is great for those who are after an authentic wood-look floor without breaking the bank.
In comparison to wood-look laminate, which is usually just a printout, engineered hardwood uses real wood on the top layer and can be quite difficult to tell apart from genuine wood once installed.
Made up of layers and layers of plywood that have been bonded together before being topped off with a solid wood layer, engineered hardwood comes as an extremely durable option suitable for most areas in the home.
One of the most significant advantages of engineered hardwood is that it doesn’t expand and contract the same way solid wood flooring does, making it resistant to temperature fluctuations and temperature in humidity. This makes it safe to lay in most environments, including the kitchen and bathroom.
Engineered hardwood comes in a wide variety of wood species, styles, colours, finishes, textures and plank widths — the top layer can even be sanded and refinished if needed.
As a heat resistant flooring type that’s moisture resistant, easy to install and low maintenance, it is easily top 3 in our choices of floor types.
3. Luxury Vinyl (LVT/LVP)
Luxury vinyl comes in two variations: tiles and planks. It gives homeowners a stylish, realistic hardwood or stone appearance floor type at a very affordable price.
Additionally, luxury vinyl is highly water-resistant, which makes it an ideal option for humid and moist areas of the home.
Just like laminate, a UV inhibitor can be added to help minimise the effects of exposure to sunlight and reduce fading. That being said, constant exposure to heat and UV rays may cause some degree of fading over time.
Luxury vinyl is an easy to maintain option that is durable for households with young children and pets and comes at an affordable price.
4. Hybrid Flooring
It is one of the latest flooring innovation that combines the attributes of laminates and vinyl flooring. It is waterproof, scratch-resistant, stain-resistant and… heat resistant. Direct heat won’t damage it as much as other floorings, nor expand and contract.
5. Decorative Concrete
On the rise and back by popular demand is exposed aggregate or other forms of decorative concrete throughout the interior.
Decorative concrete has been around for several years, all the more in commercial settings, but only recently has it taken the spotlight amongst Aussie homeowners, who are looking to transform their living rooms or driveways into a stand out feature.
Exposed, honed, or polished aggregate concrete comes in a wide variety of patterns, allowing you to customise it down to the individual rocks and pebbles used within the aggregate.
This means you can choose a colour, style and texture to match your home’s existing colour scheme. Decorative concrete is visually appealing, extremely durable, slip-resistant, low maintenance and easy to clean. Both are UV resistant, making it great for outdoor areas, including pool surrounds, patios and alfrescos, and driveways.
Contact our team if you are in need of a concrete grinding or polishing work to be done.
When it comes to beating the heat this summer, Jupps has you covered. We offer a wide range of UV resistant floor types that have been designed to withstand the harsh Australian climate. Get in touch with us here or simply head into one of our showrooms to discuss how we can transform your living area. If you feel like making your whole house more resistant, read our heat resistant house materials article.