I don’t know about you but when I have packed all the Christmas decorations away and everything has been cleaned and tidied I look at my house in a different light. The past week or so has been spent having a good clear out, rearranging furniture and even buying a few extra bits and pieces to freshen the house up a bit. On moving the furniture it’s become apparant that I am not happy with the current flooring situation in our house and so it’s got me thinking about replacing it. The question is, what kind of flooring should we go for? There are so many options so I thought I would share my research with you, just in case you are in the same kind of quandary as us.
Before researching I honestly had no idea that there were so many options and so I’ve decided to break them all down for you.
Hardwood flooring is made from a single piece of hardwood cut from a tree of your choice. The most common type of hardwood floor is made from oak, cherry, or walnut. They tend to come finished in a couple of different ways. Pre-finished wood will already have the finish applied before you install the flooring. Unfinished wood will need to be sanded down and finished so that it is both shiny and moisture resistant after installation. I think I know which I would prefer to go for!
Parador engineered wood flooring
Parador engineered wood flooring is a cheaper alternative to hardwood flooring. It is made by combining a top layer of genuine hardwood with several layers of ply plank that run in different directions underneath. It looks just like solid hardwood but it has a much better resistance to moisture. What’s more engineered wood flooring is compatible with underfloor heating, so if you already have this installed, it could be the perfect flooring solution for you. After installation, engineered wood looks exactly the same as the aforementioned hardwood. You get the elegance but with a much more attractive price tag. Lifestyle Flooring UK have a great selection if you fancy seeing what’s available.
Still wanting wood flooring but haven’t got the budget to match? Have a think about laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is extremely popular. It is very similar in design to engineered wood floors in that it has a top layer that’s been finished and sealed mounted over layers of plywood giving you stable and durable slats.
It’s worth mentioning that laminate doesn’t have a real wood top layer. Instead, it’s an image captured using photo-realism technology of beautiful wood finishes, that’s covered in a plastic coating. This gives the illusion of real wood floors for a fraction of the price.
Linoleum, regularly referred to as ‘lino’ is considered an environmentally friendly flooring option because it is made from renewable, biodegradable materials like linseed oil and cork. It has a bit of a bad rep as for many just the mention of ‘lino’ conjures up images for 70’s kitchens with garish patterns. It’s safe to say it has come a long way since then and it can be an attractive addition to your house.
Linoleum comes in sheets which are glued directly to the floor. The sheets have mineral pigments that create a variety of rich colours and attractive patterns. They can also be sealed with a protective coating to prevent staining and wear, which is always a good option to go for – without that you may need to refinish your floors every couple of years.
Carpet, is without a doubt the most popular option when it comes to flooring. It is the warmest and the cosiest but sadly it can be the most difficult to keep clean. I speak from experience of having a child and pets!
Carpets can be made from a variety of materials. Wool is the most common material because it is a natural moisture resistant material that’s both durable and able to ward off stains. Other types of carpet can be nylon, acrylic and polyester.
So these are just a handful of types of flooring that is available and what do I want to go for? I’m not sure. I think my kitchen needs something hardwearing and my living room would benefit from one of the types of wood flooring, but I’m just not sure I’m ready to give up the cosiness of a carpet. Watch this space!
What is your preference when it comes to flooring? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to know your reasons.
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