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Exploring different flooring options

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08 Nov 2021, 19:24 GMT+10

Are you about to start a renovating project but not sure where to start? You've come to the right place. It can be hard choosing a floor, especially if you have to consider your children and pets.

This guide will give you an insight into different types of flooring and which ones are best suited in different rooms of your home.

LVT

As well as being affordable, luxury vinyl tiles are a great option if you're looking to imitate the look and feel of real wood. They come in a range of colours and patterns from herringbone and chevron to dark and light oaks. LVT is incredibly easy to maintain too. All you need to do is give it a quick sweep, mop and vacuum.

If you're a DIY lover, then you'll love LVT. It doesn't require a fitter as the planks include a click fitting system. Simply lay and click in place! Nail or glue, the choice is up to you.

Room suitability: utility room, dining room, bathroom

Marble

Marble is prized for being sophisticated, elegant and classy. However, it's not cheap to buy. It usually costs Pound 200 and upwards per square meter. Not suitable for those who are looking for an affordable option. While marble is easy to clean, it can often look streaky if cleaned with cheap cleaners. Soapy water and a damp cloth should do the trick!

Room suitability: hallway, kitchen

Solid wood

Straight from the tree. Solid wood is a gorgeous floor if you're looking to spruce up your home. It's incredibly durable and can last a lifetime. So, no need to worry about replacing your floor in years to come. You can sand and refinish your wood floor if there are a few scratches and stains.

Real wood can attract less dust than other materials. It's said to help your breathing by improving air quality indoors. If you have an eye for biophilic design, a real wood floor is up to your street.

Room suitability: kitchen, dining room, living room

Engineered

Similar to solid, engineered wood flooring is a great option if you're looking for a natural look. Engineered wood is made up of multiple layers of recycled wood and topped with a thin layer of real wood. You can get it any style and finish you desire.

It's a good choice for those who are looking to install over underfloor heating as the base layer allows heat to travel upwards, without causing the wood to warp.

Room Suitability: Kitchen, dining room, living room

Carpet

Carpet is one of the most popular choices of flooring today. Carpet is installed in bedrooms and living rooms for a warm and cosy space. You wouldn't necessarily fit carpet in bathrooms and kitchens as these rooms often occur daily spillages, including your bottle of red wine.

Room suitability: Bedroom, living room

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