CHOOSING YOUR FLOOR
Choosing the right floor for your needs will make a huge difference to the performance and life of your new floor covering.
Which room are you planning to lay the floor?
The use of the living space you are planning to lay new floor in, should play a key part in your choice of flooring. Whereas a hallway will need something hard-wearing to cope with the amount of traffic it is likely to deal with, a bathroom area might require something that will not swell if it gets slightly wet from a spillage.
Generally speaking, we would recommend not laying a real wood or laminate floor in a bathroom as it will absorb dripping water and become unsightly as it swells at the joints. The humidity levels caused by a hot shower will also cause swelling. A vinyl floor would be a better option.
Do you have young children? Do you have pets?
The ability to keep a floor looking and feeling like new is obviously very much dependant on its use. A real wood floor and, to some extent a vinyl floor, will scratch far more easily than a laminate so please be aware of how the room will be used. You don’t want tyre tracks from a toy or scratches from animal’s claws in your brand new floor.
You want something hardwearing and easy to maintain.
Your home environment
Depending on the style of your house, you may wish to opt for a machine-perfect, modern-looking flooring or you may wish to have something that will change over time, adding character with a more natural-look.
How long do you wish the floor to last?
Some people choose to replace their floor every time they decorate that particular room, others will prefer to keep the floor and match their decor to it. The usage-life of your floor will influence the type of product you select.
Vinyl floors are ideal for any room in the house, but especially bathrooms and kitchens as they do not absorb any moisture or spillages. They come in a wide range of realistic colours and designs with a variety of patterns giving you an individual and unique floor covering that reflects your décor perfectly. An economical and easy-to-install option, if you are looking for a floor that will bring life and style to your rooms, then our vinyl flooring options will be ideal for you.
Laminate flooring is by far the easiest to keep clean and looking new. It is hard-wearing making it ideal for areas where there is heavy footfall such as hallways or even office environments. If you want the modern, stylish look of a wooden floor that is easy to maintain and hard-wearing, then laminate flooring is the ideal option for you.
Laminate floors come in a wide range of colours and styles to compliment your home perfectly and, although there are some inferior products available on the market, we have used our years of experience in the trade to offer you the very best selection of reliable quality products.
Real wood floors add character and style to any home, providing a neutral background to enhance the beauty of your décor. They also add to the value of your house and can be sanded if required to give a new look without having to replace the floor itself, making them the perfect long-term flooring solution. Although they are not as hard-wearing and easy to maintain as laminates, indentations and scratches in a real wood floor help to create that natural-look. If you are looking for a floor that will enhance the value of your property and will mature and change as your tastes do through the years, real wood is the option for you.
Carpet offers you a feeling of warmth and comfort underfoot. It gives you an unrivaled level of 'softness' that no other floor covering can. It is extremely practical and offers many benefits over other floor coverings.
Carpet will give your home a cozy, homely, comfortable look and feel . It a good option for the safety conscious as it provides a non slippery surface that is naturally cushioning in the event of a fall. Carpet provides an extra layer of insulation to your home and can add to energy efficiency. It has sound reduction qualities and can reduce noise in the living space itself, as well as noise from neighbours. Carpets are now easier to clean than ever before because of advances in stain reduction and protection technology.
With a massive choice of yarn types, patterns, colours, styles and textures you are bound to find the right choice to suit your decor, lifestyle and budget.
View our guide on choosing your carpet