How to decide where to lay different types of flooring

Like anything, most of us want our homes to reflect our style and what we like. A lot of the time we can decorate and dress to our heart’s content, but when it comes to flooring, we have to sometimes sacrifice good looks for practicality. The ideal scenario is of course to have both style and practicality, but this isn’t always attainable. However, when it comes to flooring, there are so many options available where you don’t have to have one without the other. You’ll be spoilt for choice and the only difficult decision you’ll have is trying to decide which one offers you the most…

Make a grand first impression in your hallway with solid wood herringbone flooring

Timeless classic beauty, solid wood flooring is the faultless option if you’re looking to impress your guests when they walk through your doors. First of all, it presents natural beauty that never goes out of fashion. Secondly, it is highly durable, withstanding heavy use and lots of foot traffic, something that your hallway will no doubt be exposed to! Coming in a range of wood types, colours, patterns, there’s a whole world of options available to you. If you want to go one step further to give your hallway a striking and luxurious feel, then a herringbone arrangement not only gives this impression but is also bang on trend. Why wouldn’t’ you?

Relax in warmth with engineered wood

It’s no secret that solid wood flooring is very desirable, but you get virtually all of its benefits but at a cheaper price with engineered wood flooring. Engineered wood is able to withstand the differing temperatures of under floor heating, something solid wood can’t cooperate with. This makes it an excellent choice for living rooms and bedrooms, where warmth is paramount! It also provides warmth within the range of colours, from a rich walnut brown to a honey toned oak.

Worry less with Luxury Vinyl Tiles

Anyone that has vinyl in their home will know how practical and easy to manage it is. It is completely water, stain and scratch proof, therefore the bathroom and kitchen would be the ideal place. It also comes in convincing replicas of the desirable look of real wood, with natural grains and knots mimicked perfectly that often you can’t tell the difference between vinyl and the real thing. Don’t worry though – you aren’t having to compromise on durability either. Vinyl is incredibly resilient to the wear and tear of everyday life as well as being extremely easy to clean and anti-slip, not to mention it is able to accommodate underfloor heating. On top of all this, it is much cheaper than alternatives. I dare you to find a fault with vinyl!

Be kind to your wallet with laminate

If you’ve fallen for real wood’s charm or enjoy the authentic appeal of stone but just need something cheaper, then laminate is where to look. Like vinyl, it replicates natural products very convincingly but with better practicality. However, it is not water, scratch and stain proof only resistant to these, so we’d perhaps recommend it in rooms that don’t see high exposure to these, but it is able to cope with small amounts which is why the kitchen or dining room would be appropriate. Once more, you can install underfloor heating and is also very durable. The thicker you go, the more luxurious it becomes and better the insulation, making it pair beautifully with underfloor heating. We’d recommend laminate for first time buyers, a cheaper fix for your whole home while still getting that natural look you’ve been after.  

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