Concrete Vs Timber: Which Floor Is Better For Your Laundy Room?

Nobody wants to spend a lot of time thinking about their laundry room, but you may be surprised to learn the type of flooring in this room determines how well your washing machine operates. Now that you are in the process of renovating your home, and your laundry room is next on the hit-list, it is time to consider the best type of flooring. Concrete and timber floors are both popular options for this room in the house, so which one will work best for you?

Pros and Cons Of Concrete Flooring

Some people don't like the idea of having a concrete floor in their home because it looks bland. But, with options like coloured or polished concrete, this does not have to be the case. The biggest benefit of having a concrete floor in your laundry is that it won't be damaged if you have a water leak.While a washing machine should keep the water in the machine, there is a potential for trouble if the water hose splits.

Additionally, concrete floors are solid and will not be damaged by the weight of a machine or if it moves during a wash cycle. A solid floor leads to a balanced load in the machine, and that means perfectly washed clothes. Concrete floors can be cold and hard on the bare feet, but you can easily solve this by limiting the amount of time spent in the laundry room!

Pros and Cons Of Timber Flooring

Renovators love timber flooring because of the natural warmth it adds to a home. However, the main con for using a timber floor in a laundry is that timber does not survive well when water leaks occur. Timber absorbs water, and when water is not removed immediately, the timber warps and changes shape permanently. This also leads to the wood rotting and needing replacement.

For a timber floor to work well in a laundry room, it needs to be perfectly level. If it is not, the machine moves during operation and leaves scratches on the floor. One solution is to place a mat between the washing machine and timber floor, but this is an extra expense.

A polished or coloured concrete floor offers a no-fuss, low maintenance solution to the flooring decision in your laundry room. Have a chat to your local concrete specialist to see the different designs and colours that are available to you.