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Building or Renovating: How to Select the Perfect Flooring for Your Home?

Building or Renovating

Choosing the right flooring can be a challenging task, especially when you don't know where to start. Whether you're building a new home or renovating an existing one, selecting the right flooring surface is essential as it sets the tone for the beauty and comfort of your living space. With so many flooring options available, you need to consider your needs, lifestyle, and preferences before making a decision.

To help you make the right choice, we've put together a quick guide featuring some of our top flooring options and their benefits.

Best flooring for kids and pets

If you have kids and pets, you'll want a durable, sturdy flooring option that can withstand daily wear and tear, such as claws across the floor surface, muddy footprints, dropped toys, spilled drinks and food - and if you live with kids and pets, you'll know that the list goes on!  

As we have kids and dogs, laminate was our go-to flooring for our renovation as it proved an excellent choice for resisting everyday dents, dings and scratches whilst being cheaper than traditional glued or engineered timber flooring without losing that wood look.

Laminate flooring comes in a wide range of colours, designs and styles such as wide or narrow planks, smooth or prominent texture details, and bevelled or square edges. There are also options for waterproof planks and waterproof surfaces. Best of all, a quality laminate floor with its realistic colours and textures is almost indistinguishable from a real wood floor. 

Waterproof laminate flooring
Waterproof laminate flooring

Best flooring for wet areas

For areas prone to moisture, like bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms, you need a waterproof flooring option that can handle the humidity and occasional spills. Waterproof laminate flooring and waterproof hybrid vinyls are perfect for wet areas, and they meet the New Zealand building code requirements.

With the look of wood planks, tile or stone, waterproof laminate and hybrid vinyl floors offer the perfect balance of style and functionality.

CorkWood Flooring in a dining room
CorkWood: Wood Look Cork Flooring

Best flooring for warmth and comfort

If you're looking for a warm and comfortable flooring option, Cork which comes in a range of designer cork planks, or CorkWood which offers a wood-look cork is an excellent choice.

Cork has natural insulating properties making it perfect for creating a warm and cozy living space without the need for underfloor heating.

Best traditional flooring

If you're after a traditional look, you can't go wrong with real timber flooring. Timber or wood flooring has a long tradition of beauty and prestige and adds value to any home. Timber options come in plank, herringbone or chevron patterns and are perfect for creating a timeless look.

If you're on a budget, or if your lifestyle doesn't suit real hardwood options, consider our laminate options. They offer the same wood look as real timber but are much more affordable.

Designer floor surfaces: Leather flooring
Designer floor surfaces: Leather flooring

Best designer floor surfaces

If you want to make a statement and add some personality to your living space, consider custom timber or leather flooring. With custom timber, you can choose the plank of your choice and combine stains and urethanes for the perfect finish to complement your unique style and décor.

Leather flooring is made with 100% recycled leather and will add a little va-va-voom to any space. With endless possibilities, these flooring options allow you to create an interior that's truly one of a kind.


With our quick guide above, you can narrow down your options and find the perfect flooring for your home, or choose the best hard surface flooring to go with carpet and tile. If you're still unsure, contact our Hamilton or Tauranga team, or visit us at 79 Church Road, Hamilton for more information and expert advice.

Hamilton & Waikato
Phone 07 959 1861

Tauranga & Bay of Plenty
Phone 021 977 548

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