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“Solid” speaks for itself, not highly favourable in Gauteng due to the climate, however, the veneer wood, has in most cases approx a 5mm solid wood top and the balance is board, which is more stable than solid.
Every few years, traffic dependent, these products will need to be sanded and resealed to bring out their natural beauty.
Neither should be installed where there is a chance of excess water or spillage.
Price is also a disadvantage, they are both very pricy compared to the other “Look-a-like” products.
Solid wood is warmer than Ceramic Tiles, but noisy to walk on.
“Laminates” (Imitation wood look) are more popular, due their affordability, they come in various thicknesses and wear categories, the thickness is normally there to give the product more stability, the wear layers are normally very similar.
Since “laminates” were introduced, most of the inferior products have been eliminated, due to the fact that initially the “Click” system was of a very poor quality, where expansion and contraction occurred the planks dislodged from each other.
No less than an 8mm thickness of laminate should be purchased.
Even though there are some laminates that boast being water proof, I suggest keeping them out of kitchens and bathrooms.
They are quite noisy to walk on and reasonably warm.
“LVTs” (Luxury Vinyl Tile)
“LVTs” (Luxury Vinyl Tile) come mostly in a plank size and look, such as the laminate, there are 2 types, the “glue down” and “click” version.
The glue down comes on average between 2mm and 5 mm in thickness, depending on the application.
The substrate must be very smooth for the glue down version.
It’s price point is very similar to that of the laminate
Very warm, water proof and no noise under foot.
The “Click” LVT is on average about 50% more expensive, mainly due to the manufacturing process of the “Click” system and comes on average in a 5mm thickness
Much easier to install than the glue down and a thin felt product is available to take up small undulations in the substrate.
Can be laid over ceramic tile.
On both of these types, it should be made aware that it is the wear layer thickness, that is important.
Also very warm and not noisy when walked on
Most of these products come in designs and colours which are very authentic.
On all of the above, there would be issues to be considered, depending on the application and I suggest that this be discussed with me on site.