The Pros and Cons of Hybrid Flooring - Owner Builder Club

The Pros and Cons of Hybrid Flooring

Pros and cons hybrid flooring

So, you're curious to learn the pros and cons of hybrid flooring? Well you've come to the right place.

Like us, you may have noticed something different underfoot in your mate's place lately. Chances are, they've joined the growing number of Aussies opting for hybrid flooring. It's not just a trend; it's a revolution in Australian homes, turning heads and comforting soles (and souls 😅) with its unique appeal.

Why the buzz, you ask? That's exactly what we'll talk about and maybe a few bits that might make you think twice. All without making your head spin with too much jargon.

What is Hybrid Flooring?

We're going to use a cheeky analogy so if you're not into cheeky, skip to the next section.

Okay so let’s say laminate and vinyl had a bit of a fling and ended up with a kid. Well, that kid would be hybrid flooring. It's got the hard-wearing nature of laminate but doesn't stress out at the sight of stilettos or footy boots. Then, there's the vinyl side of the family, bringing water resistance to the table so that a spilled cuppa or an over enthusiastic dog after a bath isn't the end of the world.

So, why do they call it “hybrid”? It's a bit like you're getting the best of both worlds: the durability and style of one parent and the comfort and resilience of the other. It's a match made in flooring heaven, designed to tackle the Australian lifestyle head-on.

Now let’s talk a bit deeper into what makes this option a winner and, perhaps, a few things to ponder before making the leap.

What is Hybrid Flooring Made of?

Hybrid Flooring is usually made up of 4 layers:

1) Top layer – think of the top layer as the protective coating

2) Print layer – this is what you gives you the finish you're after

3) Core board – a composite of materials like wood, stone plastic

4) the Underlay – it's usually attached so there's no need for laying a separate underlay

Pros of Hybrid Flooring Everyone's Talking About

Here are some of the reasons why hybrid flooring is a popular choice.


Ever had that heart-stopping moment when you drop something sharp or heavy on your floor? With the latest buzz in flooring, you can breathe easier. It's like having a shield down there, one that laughs in the face of scratches and dents. 

And if you're someone who often finds themselves mopping up spills from kids, pets, or a bit of a clumsy moment, no stress. This floor's got water-resistant powers that make puddles fear for their existence.


Dreaming of that luxe timber look but your wallet's giving you the side-eye? Here’s the good news: you can achieve that opulent aesthetic without having to sell a kidney. 

Whether your home vibe is a beachy, bushy, or urban chic, there’s a design that’ll fit right in. It's like having a personal stylist for your floors, ensuring they’re always dressed to impress.

Comfort and Quiet

Imagine stepping out of bed each morning and feeling like you're walking on clouds. Sounds blissful, doesn't it? That’s pretty much the deal here. 

Plus, if you’ve ever tiptoed around trying not to wake someone (or been on the receiving end of a noisy walker), you’ll appreciate the hush these floors bring to a home. 

It's about turning your space into a serene haven, where every step is as quiet as a whisper.

Easy to Maintain

Spilled your coffee? Kids decided the floor looked thirsty? 

In the past, that might have meant a meltdown followed by a mini-cleanup mission. But with this game-changing flooring, it’s a quick wipe, and you're done. No special cleaners or rituals needed. That means more time kicking back with the footy or enjoying quality moments with the family. 

Because let’s face it, life’s too short to spend scrubbing floors! Says every mother or maybe the odd father or two!

Cons of That Popular Flooring Choice

Now let's talk about the other side of the coin when it comes to this popular flooring choice. Like anything, it's all about balance.


While it's not exactly the Rolls Royce of flooring options, getting this type of floor done in your home isn't just pocket change either. 

When you start comparing it to other options out there, you might find your wallet feeling a bit lighter. Sure, it's an investment in durability and style, but it's worth weighing up against your budget and what you're really after in your home.

Not the Real Deal

There's something about the warmth and character of solid timber that just feels different, right? For the purists among us, the authentic touch, look, and feel of real wood or stone can be hard to beat. 

While technology has come leaps and bounds in making this flooring option look pretty close to the real thing, there's still a discernible difference. It's like comparing a photo of a stunning sunset to actually watching one—it's beautiful, but not quite the same.

Temperature Tendencies

Here's a fun fact: Your new floors might not be the biggest fans of extreme temperatures.

In the chilly months, the surface can feel a bit nippy underfoot, making socks or slippers more of a necessity than a fashion statement. 

And when the Aussie sun is doing its best to turn everything into a sauna, these floors can expand a tad, sometimes resulting in a squeak or two as they settle.


Got your DIY hat on and ready to transform your home over the weekend? Hold up. Installing this flooring might not be the simple project you envisioned. 

Often, it's a job best left to the pros, which means factoring in not just the cost of the materials but also the installation. This can add up, both in terms of dollars and the time you'll have to wait to enjoy your new floors. 

Plus, if any unexpected challenges pop up during installation, it could add more costs and delays.

What's the Cost of Hybrid Flooring?

As usual, cost comes down to a few things – how much you need, where you live (city prices can be higher than rural areas) however for supply of hybrid flooring only can come in around $40 to $60 per sqm. Just beware of going with the cheapest price, cheap doesn't always = good!

Then there's the cost to lay the flooring and again, depending on labour costs in your area, this cost can be around $30 to $40 per sqm.

Hybrid flooring will come with installation instructions so if you're handy and are good at reading detail, the DIY option will definitely save you $$'s!

IMPORTANT – you should check the level of the sub floor to ensure it's well, level! Otherwise, you'll have a levelling cost to add to your budget.

It's a Wrap

Choosing the right floors is a commitment and you want to make sure you're making the best choice for your home. 

Whether you fall head over heels for this flooring option or decide to stroll down a different path, the important thing is that it works for you and your space.

Remember, it's all about finding what fits your life, your style, and yes, your budget too. Floors are a big part of our homes, and they're worth a bit of thought. 

So, take your time, weigh up the pros and cons, and make a choice that'll keep you happy in the long run 🏃

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I install this flooring over existing tiles or flooring?

Absolutely, one of the beauties of this option is its versatility. It can be laid over most existing hard floors as long as they're flat, stable, and well-adhered to the subfloor. HOWEVER. You must check that the existing flooring is LEVEL!

Is this flooring option suitable for bathrooms and kitchens?

Yes, it shines in areas prone to moisture and spills thanks to its water-resistant nature. Kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms can all benefit from its durability and ease of maintenance.

How does this flooring fare with pets?

It's a great choice for homes with furry family members. Its resistance to scratches means it can handle the pitter-patter of little (or big) paws quite well. And any accidents are easy to clean up without fear of damage.

Can it be used with underfloor heating?

Yes, it can be compatible with underfloor heating systems, making it an even cosier option for chilly mornings. However, it's crucial to follow the manufacturer's guidelines regarding temperature limits and installation procedures to ensure everything works seamlessly together.

How long does this flooring typically last?

With proper care and maintenance, it can last for decades. The design can withstand the rigours of daily life, making it a long-term flooring solution for many homes. Plus, many manufacturers offer generous warranties for added peace of mind.

Is there an eco-friendly option available?

Indeed, for those looking to make environmentally friendly choices, there are options made from recycled materials. It's always a good idea to ask about the sustainability practices of the manufacturer.

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