Flooring Options

When you are looking for a new floor surface there are so many choices it can be bewildering. There are a great deal of materials available today to choose from including natural wooden flooring, tiles, stone and resin coating. It all depends on the environment, what you most like the look of and, of course, the cost.

Laminate flooring is ideal for playrooms and living areas generally, not always the best choice for bathrooms and kitchens as the laminated material is porous and so prone to warping but it is very hardwearing and comparatively cheap to install. Being imitation real wood it can look terrible if it is mot expertly fitted and is often disliked by home buyers, often being the first thing they will remove after taking on a new property.

Engineered wood flooring, made up of layers of engineered wooden floorboard, glued together. Certainly a lot nicer on the eye than laminate but more expensive, less prone to warping from moisture but still porous it can be sanded and re treated which gives it a much longer overall life expectancy. It is overall very hardwearing and cheaper than hard wood but relatively difficult and time consuming to install.

Real wood flooring looks very appealing and will certainly add to a property's value if it is looked after but it is very easy to dent and damage, it is an expensive type of flooring and pretty tough to install. Still porous and subject to warping if dampness seeps in but retains the advantage of being able to be sanded and refinished when necessary.

 

Then of course you could consider stone flooring types - granite for instance - not something you are ever likely to see in a commercial building or office and is used sparingly in domestic properties but very visually appealing, although expensive in the extreme. Totally resistant to moisture, never warps, cracks or stains so perfect for bathrooms and kitchens. Slate is much cheaper than granite and looks almost as nice when it is expertly fitted, not as water resistant as granite but still ideally suited to kitchens and bathrooms and can be coated with acrylic sealer. It is very resistant to stains and highly durable. Marble - very attractive and popular floor covering although a bit expensive, it is also softer than granite so scratches more easily, unfortunately it is not stain resistant either so ideally needs a coating or finish to protect it from spills etc.

 

Glazed Ceramic tiles are hardwearing and easy to clean, quite inexpensive but will not hold any surface finish. It is almost impervious to stains and scratches, is non-slip and hence great for kitchens and bathrooms. Quarry tiles, very attractive and popular option made from a mixture of clays and can accept a finish. Totally waterproof and a firm favorite in food preparation areas. Easy to clean, easy to install and relatively inexpensive. Terrazzo flooring is very durable and extremely nice looking. Expensive compared to other highly resilient flooring, and can hold a finish, it is applied as a liquid epoxy based material so will set and can have a non slip or textured surface layer added. Very quick to install and almost impervious to cracks and damage also available in a wide variety of colors and finishes it is gaining popularity worldwide in both commercial and domestic locations, being relatively inexpensive and extremely tough.