Flooring can be a very expensive investment for your home and, with so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to make a decision. Hopefully this post will give you a helpful insight into what could be right for your home.
Solid wood flooring
Solid wood flooring is a natural 100% wood product with each board coming from one piece of solid wood - which is cut down to the desired size. The style of the cut can vary from flat-sawn, to quarter-sawn which both give a different finish of the grain. After the cutting process is complete, the material is put into a kiln for drying and then finished. This type of flooring gives a natural and rustic feel to any home.
Engineered wood flooring
Engineered wood is an excellent modern alternative to solid wood. Engineered wood is made from multiple layers of compressed timber, before being finished with a top layer of solid wood veneer. It is very practical as it is compatible with under-floor heating. It also gives a similar overall finish to solid wood flooring.
A much cheaper option, laminate flooring does a pretty convincing job of mimicking solid wood. It is both durable and resistant to scratches, stains and water. Laminate flooring comes in many styles and colours and what's more it is affordable too.
Vinyl flooring is made from a blend of PVC making it perfect for kitchens and bathrooms. There are many colours and effects to choose from and again, like laminate flooring it is durable and another affordable option.
Parquet flooring is made up of individual wood blocks which are arranged into a pattern like herringbone or chevron. Parquet adds a touch of elegance and gives that luxury look to any home.
A lot of us like the comfort of a carpet underfoot. Carpets come in many thicknesses of pile, the thicker the pile the more expensive the carpet. As well as wool blends if you want a natural look seagrass matting is a lovely option.
Ceramic floor tiles come in many wonderful designs and are great for bathrooms bring easy to clean and waterproof. Tiles are very popular throughout homes in the Mediterranean and places like Morocco.
We have laminate flooring throughout our flat. It was the most practical and affordable option for us. The upstairs flooring needs replacing soon as we would like to make it uniform in colour with the pale grey laminate that we have downstairs and in our bathroom.