What are the pros and cons between hybrid and laminate floorings?

One of the most popular questions asked when people are selecting their floors for their home renovation or new build is what’s the difference between hybrid and laminate flooring?

We chatted to Jody of Heartwood Timber Floors and Shutters in Seven Hills for her advice on the different floor types.

The Pros and Cons of Hybrid Flooring

Hybrid flooring offers the look of timber without the commitment to maintenance. With its many benefits, hybrid flooring is fast becoming the top flooring choice:


  • 100% waterproof
  • Intended for use in any room in your home or business (bathrooms, kitchens, laundries, living rooms)
  • Multi-layered construction suited to extreme temperature changes, harsh sunlight, and very warm areas
  • Often the appearance of timber with less investment and maintenance
  • Stands up well to wear and tear
  • Beautiful range of style and colour options
  • Comes with built-in underlay


  • Uses the same wear layer as vinyl plank flooring, so is still susceptible to scratches from moving furniture
  • Many styles suffer from the same plastic look as vinyl planks due to the same picture film and wear layer being used. However, there are now several options that are embossed (EIR) in the same way as high-end laminate flooring, which is much more true to life

Pros and Cons of Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is a versatile flooring material that has been popular for years due to its many benefits. 


  • Low maintenance
  • Eco-friendly nature
  • Wide range of colours and styles to choose from
  • Relatively low investment price
  • Wood fibers combined with resins in several layers come together to make laminate planks flexible and strong
  • The most scratch, stain and burn resistant flooring cover type
  • DIY-friendly
  • Can mimic the look of timber without the maintenance and investment


  • Unlike timber, damaged planks cannot be sanded or refinished
  • Most laminate flooring is not waterproof, making it imperative to wipe up any spills immediately. There are however, highly water resistant options available
  • Can have a ‘click, clack’ sound when walked on with hard shoes

Thanks Jody for expanding on the pros and cons between laminate and hybrid flooring. So helpful!

If you are planning to replace your flooring type or are building a new home and thinking about your floors then give the team a call at Heartwood Timber Floors and Shutters a call on (02) 9620 9699. As well as being incredily helpful and knowledgable they have a great showroom in Seven Hills with all the samples you need; check them out here.

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