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Here, we'll look at how hybrid flooring came into existence, its qualities, and the features that make it a unique construction material.
What Is Hybrid Flooring?
At one time, most floors were made from wood, stone, or masonry. Then came the lure of the new, with vinyl tile and sheet flooring becoming popular in the mid-twentieth century. In some cases, asbestos was added to make it heat and fire-resistant.
Mixing asbestos into vinyl flooring was an early and well-received innovation. Not only did it stave off flames, but its fibrous consistency strengthened the vinyl. Of course, today, most vinyl flooring containing asbestos has been either encapsulated or removed.
Fortunately, though, there are many newer methods of making vinyl flooring more long-lasting and durable—as well as much more attractive. Much of what you see in designer homes today consists of different types of hybrid flooring.
And, yes, these floors are made without a shred of asbestos!
Hardwood flooring is an excellent choice of flooring for any home. Using timber flooring looks attractive, but it is also a practical option as it is so hardwearing. When choosing solid timber flooring, you will find a wide range of Australian timber flooring types.
Here are the different species of Australian hardwood flooring to choose from:
Australian Beech - This attractive hardwood has a warm tone and ranges from golden brown to a slightly pink shade.
Blackbutt - Blackbutt is a straight-grained hardwood with a pale brown hue.
Brush Box - This richly coloured hardwood is a popular choice for flooring as it features an even texture and attractive tones of brownish-red through to pale pink.
Flooded Rose Gum - Flooded Rose Gum has a unique range of hues which range from the soft rose pink, which is where it gets its name, to rich reds and brown tones.
Forest Red - As its name suggests, Forest Red is a distinctive blend of warm red tones.
Iron Bark - Iron Bark provides a varied range of tones that range from light brown to richer shades of red.
Red Mahogany - Mahogany is a rich brown with red tones, which has a luxurious feel.
Spotted Gum - This mottled wood features shades of brown.
Sydney Blue Gum - This distinctively coloured timber features red and pinkish tones.
Turpentine - Turpentine is one of the most durable types of timber flooring and features brown hues.
Western Australian Karri - This attractive hardwood ranges from a soft pink colour through to shades of reddish-brown.