The Benefits of Timber Look Vinyl vs. Timber Flooring

by Matthew Kuo, Floorworld

Timber flooring has always held a special place in our hearts. Its timeless charm and natural beauty make it a classic choice for many homes. But recently, I have noticed a shift in the flooring world as technology and people's priorities change. Timber-look vinyl is gaining popularity, and for a good reason. Let's explore why this might be the perfect choice for your home.

The Allure of Timber

I get it—timber flooring is absolutely stunning. The rich textures, unique grains, and distinctive character it brings to a room are hard to beat. But let's be honest: Traditional timber comes with its fair share of challenges. It's expensive, high maintenance, and can be a hassle to install. This is where timber-look vinyl steps in, offering all the visual appeal of timber without the drawbacks.

Unique Timber Looks with Advanced Technology

One of the things I love about modern vinyl flooring is how far technology has come. Today's timber-look vinyl can mimic the look and feel of real timber so well that it's hard to tell the difference. With high-definition printing and embossed textures, vinyl can replicate a wide variety of timber species and finishes. Whether you're dreaming of rustic reclaimed oak or sleek polished chestnut, there's a vinyl timber option for you. This is especially great when looking for hard-to-acquire timber species that are out of stock or season. 

And here's a fun fact: vinyl printing allows for the same unique textures where patterns are set, meaning each plank or tile is unique in its own way. This can offer unique finishes that might not be possible with natural timber, giving you a truly personalised touch.

Cost Comparisons

Let's talk money. Genuine timber flooring can be a significant investment, both in terms of materials and installation. Plus, the ongoing maintenance costs can add up over time. On the other hand, Timber-look vinyl is a much more affordable option and cheaper to install. For those who want that beautiful timber look without draining our bank accounts, vinyl is a fantastic option.

Of course this can depend on availability and product types so make sure you use a flooring calculator to get a better estimate. 

Durability and Maintenance

Here's where timber-look vinyl really shines—its durability. Vinyl flooring is highly resistant to scratches, dents, and moisture, making it perfect for high-traffic areas or homes with pets and kids. I love that vinyl is so easy to clean and maintain. A simple sweep and an occasional mop are usually all it takes to keep it looking great.

In contrast, real timber needs a lot more TLC (Tender Loving Care). It's prone to scratches, dents, and water damage. Keeping timber floors in top shape often means resanding and repolishing, which can be both time-consuming and costly. And let's not forget how careful you have to be with moisture—spills need to be dealt with immediately to avoid long-lasting damage.

Installation Ease

If you're like me and enjoy a bit of DIY, you'll appreciate how easy it is to install timber look vinyl. Many vinyl options, such as those in the Polyflor range, come with a click-lock system that makes the installation process straightforward and quick. You can transform your space in a matter of hours, without needing professional help.

Timber flooring, however, usually requires a professional touch to guarantee no issues with your floors. The installation process can be labour-intensive and time-consuming, involving precise measurements, cutting, and fitting. This not only adds to the cost but also to the complexity of the project.

Comfort and Feel

Both timber and vinyl have their unique qualities when it comes to comfort. Timber floors offer natural warmth and a solid, hard surface underfoot. This can be appealing if you love the authentic feel of real wood.

Vinyl, on the other hand, offers a different kind of comfort. It tends to be cooler and has a bit of cushioning, making it softer to walk on. This can be a big plus if you spend a lot of time on your feet and want a comfortable floor to walk on at home. Additionally, vinyl is better at sound absorption, reducing the noise of footsteps and creating a quieter environment.

Versatility in Usage

One of the best things about timber look vinyl is its versatility. Because it's moisture-resistant, vinyl can be used in areas where traditional timber wouldn't be suitable, like bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. This opens up a world of design possibilities, allowing you to have that cohesive timber look throughout your entire home without worrying about moisture damage.

Timber flooring, while beautiful, is more limited in its applications. It's not recommended for areas with high humidity or frequent moisture exposure, which can restrict your design options.


So, while traditional timber flooring will always have its place for its natural beauty and timeless appeal, timber-look vinyl offers a host of benefits that make it a strong contender. It's more affordable, durable, easy to maintain, and versatile. If you're considering new flooring, why not visit a Floorworld store to explore our range of Polyflor Vinyl Flooring products? Seeing the stunning designs and practical advantages of timber look vinyl in person might just convince you it's the perfect flooring solution for your home.