What flooring is right for me?So you have decided to replace some flooring. That’s one decision out of the way.
Decision two: What will you replace it with?
If you are now feeling confused and unsure of what your new flooring should be read on for our top tips on choosing the right flooring for you.
Firstly ask yourself these questions to help you narrow down your selection:
1) Where is the flooring going?
2) Is it a heavy usage area?
3) Do you have pets or young children?
4) What look and feel are you aiming for, hard/ soft, warm/ cold?
5) Do you need a floor that will stand the test of time and maintain its appearance?
6) How much time do you have to maintain your floor?
7) Do you have underfloor heating?
8) What is your budget?
The answers to these questions will narrow down your choices to the most appropriate of the five main domestic flooring types for you; carpet, vinyl, laminate, wood or luxury vinyl tiles (LVT).
Compare your answers to our quick guide to our recommendations on the five main domestic flooring types.
Luxury CarpetsSoft and warm underfoot carpet is still the all round most popular choice of domestic flooring particularly for bedrooms, on staircases and landings. The numerous types, colours, qualities and designs of carpet are extensive and there is something to suit every household and every budget whether you want a luxuriously soft carpet in your master bedroom or a hard wearing vibrant carpet for your stairs or landing.
The only rooms we wouldn’t suggest having carpets in are wet rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens where other options offer a more hygienic and easy to clean solution.
Wood flooring-solid wood and engineered woodA hardwood floor is perhaps the most visually and practically important aspect of your home, by choosing a hardwood floor you are ensuring that you get the optimum material for both visual and practical impact. Offering incomparable quality, durability and elegance, it comes in a wide range of styles, sizes and finishes to meet every budget and is a perfect addition to any home - maturing with age and becoming more beautiful over the years.
A hardwood floor will require regular maintenance to enhance its appearance and remains a living object constantly expanding and contracting slightly depending on the climatic conditions but correct installed will last a life time.
Being hydroscopic neither solid or engineered wood flooring is suitable for areas of high humidity such as bathrooms where moisture will be absorbed into the floor causing extensive expansion and contraction. For a wood effect in these areas LVT (luxury vinyl tiles) offer an ideal alternative.
Laminate FlooringAn extremely hard wearing and cheaper alternative to wood flooring, laminate has unfairly suffered over the years from a bad reputation caused by cheaper products that entered the market and resulted in laminate having a reputation with some people as an inferior and poor quality product.
This is unwarranted as good quality laminate flooring is an entirely different product that is so like wood flooring you may not be able to tell the difference between a real wood floor and a laminate alternative. It is so reliable and hard wearing it generally comes with a long warranty. It is also incredibly low maintenance needing only a sweep to remove loose dirt and a mop to keep it clean making it the ideal choice for busy high traffic family homes.
Vinyl FlooringAlso known as lino or cushion flooring, vinyl flooring is an easy to maintain and hard wearing flooring option. As with any type of flooring vinyl comes in a wide range of prices from the very cheap to luxury high end luxury vinyl tiles or LVT that offer a look that could easily be mistaken for wood flooring or ceramic or stone tiles.
It is water resistant making it ideal for bathrooms and kitchens, which have traditionally been its most popular locations. Keeping it clean requires just a simple sweep and mop to maintain a perfect finish and many good quality vinyls can now be expected to last 15 to 20 years with minimal maintenance.
Vinyl offers the most variety and opportunity of all flooring types with an endless numbers of designs and styles. Available in sheet vinyl, tiles or strips in every colour variation and pattern imaginable it is possible to create your desired look for your home, business or school. It is even possible to have bespoke personalised vinyl flooring created just for you.
Although vinyl flooring doesn’t offer the comfort and softness of carpet it is still a good alternative for sitting rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms and conservatories where it is warmer and more comfortable than stone or ceramic tiles. It’s compatibility with underfloor heating enables extra under foot warmth to be added too.
One question we are often asked is whether vinyl flooring will be slippery and the answer is as long as it is kept dry and clean there is no reason why it would be slippery so if it does get wet or greasy clean and dry the area immediately to avoid accidents. In addition there are now slip resistant vinyls available which provide an even safer alternative and make vinyl the ideal solution for commercial and industrial locations too.