Flooring- Advice on floor styles and materials for your home

Floor fitterIf you’re looking to replace flooring in your property, there are numerous options available. Depending on your budget, taste and location, you could opt for real wood, laminate or vinyl flooring. 

Careful consideration should be given to the material you choose in relation to the room. For example, in a bathroom or a kitchen it’s best to avoid anything that doesn’t work well when coming in to contact with water or heat.

Different types of flooring have different benefits. Hardwood floors along with laminate floors, carpet tiles and vinyl flooring are all popular alternatives to carpets. Wooden flooring is particularly popular in period homes when trying to maintain a traditional feel. It is growing in popularity in more modern properties.

Benefits of real wood and wood effect

With genuine hardwood floors, not only do they completely change the appearance of a room but they will also mature with age. Another benefit of wood flooring is it is easy to clean and to keep clean in comparison to carpets. They are also very easy to refurbish using just a sander and some re-sealing.

Laminate flooring is becoming more and more popular, not least because laminate flooring mimics the aesthetics of real wood but the price for laminate material is much lower than real timber flooring and it is much easier to clean in comparison.

Flooring tick list

There are various factors which can potentially influence your choices. When it comes to the choice of material, ideally you want your flooring to tick the following boxes:

  • It needs to look good
  • Be hard wearing
  • Compliment your room’s existing furniture
  • Be comfortable to walk on
  • Be suited to the room type
  • And ideally be easy to maintain

Whatever your flooring requirements, Builder Guide can put you in touch with both local and nationwide carpenters and joiners.


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