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What are the different types of interior flooring?

Peace Oak Click LVT Flooring in a Lounge with a green back wall and furniture

What are the different types of interior flooring?

The main types of interior flooring include;

Laminate flooring – one of the most cost effective and easy to install flooring options available. A great option for DIY projects and inexperienced installers.

Vinyl flooring – available in various formats such as sheet vinyl, glue down tiles and rigid click tiles with built in underlay. A hugely versatile flooring material creating a range of different products in a range of different prices.

Wood flooring – which includes both engineered and solid wood flooring. Real wood flooring has long been considered a luxury material that is often even considered an investment with regards to property value.

Stone flooring – includes materials such as Granite and Marble which like real wood flooring are considered luxury materials that last long periods of time and can positively affect property values.

Carpet – the most popular floor type for bedrooms due to the softness and cushioning provided to bare feet. It’s also highly beneficial for babies and young children when they crawl and fall down. Carpet is unbeatable for helping create a comfortable and cozy environment.

These are all good flooring options in interior design and all together create a truly massive variety of flooring options for everyone to choose from.

What color flooring never goes out of style?

To date natural colours and materials have remained in style. Flooring in colours such as natural woods and stones have a natural luxury that is so far impossible to replicate with 100% accuracy.

Consider an enormously large and expensive stately home. You will usually see real wood and stone floors that have been down for years and years. It is extremely unlikely that you will see vinyl or laminate in buildings like these.

It is highly unlikely that a material grown in nature will go out of style.

What is the most popular flooring in new homes?

For many years now luxury vinyl tile flooring (LVT) has dominated the new homes sector. Modern vinyl interior flooring options are so advanced compared to real wood, sheet vinyl and laminate there is no real advantage for developers to use anything else apart from carpet for softness.

Laminate interior flooring options are a little more durable than LVT, but if you get laminate wet it’s ruined whereas LVT is totally waterproof.

Real wood is more luxurious than LVT but it’s more expensive and is sensitive to temperature and moisture.

Sheet vinyl is fully waterproof but doesn’t look or feel anywhere near as good as LVT.

Carpet fulfils a different role to LVT and they are usually used in conjunction with each other in different areas.

Currently Luxury vinyl tile flooring is simply the best all-rounder.

Mountain Oak Solid Wood Flooring in a lounge with a white sofa and black stairs
Our Mountain Oak is an example of the natural luxury that solid wood flooring can provide

What flooring is better than laminate?

As mentioned above, laminate flooring is a little more durable and robust than LVT flooring and it is also usually slightly cheaper. However laminate is not waterproof, so laminate is more durable than LVT unless it gets wet, in which case it is less durable than LVT.

Even though laminate is slightly more durable than LVT, it is only a little more durable. When you consider this and the waterproof factor, LVT is better all round. It ticks more boxes so to speak.

If your aim is to obtain a high end luxury floor, solid or engineered wood flooring will be a better option for you.

If you specifically want a hard floor whilst keeping the cost as low as possible, laminate would likely be the best choice.

As with many things, what you want the product for will decide which is better.

What is the easiest flooring to install?

To a degree this is subjective to the individual carrying out the install. People have their own preferences and not all think alike.

The 3 easiest floor types to install are;

Carpet Tiles – easy to handle and are spray glued to the subfloor and trimmed to fit at the edges of the room.

Laminate – no glue required and is simply laid over underlay and trimmed around the edges to fit the room.

Click LVT – no glue required and has built in underlay which arguably makes it one step easier than laminate.

All three of these however are very easy to install and all can be installed with little to no experience.

What type of flooring is best for whole house?

LVT flooring is the only floor type commonly used in houses that’s waterproof, therefore it is the best option to use throughout a whole house.

Luxury vinyl flooring is available in both wood and stone effect. This creates the opportunity to use the same waterproof material throughout with the added variation of having for example wood effect LVT in the hallways, bedrooms and living rooms, and stone effect LVT in the toilets, bathrooms, kitchens and utility rooms.

Luxury vinyl tile flooring currently offer the best interior flooring options of any flooring material.

If you have any questions or would like some advice please call us on 01992 563 394 or contact us via contact form.

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