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What flooring should I choose?

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How do I choose the right flooring?
To come up with the best flooring ideas you first need to identify what the use of the area will be and who will be installing it. If you aren’t a professional installer it is advisable to choose a floor that is suited to DIY projects, such as Click LVT flooring and Laminate flooring. You also may not want to replicate the flooring you have in your utility room in your bedroom, and vice versa. A nice soft carpet is usually preferred for bedrooms, yet carpet isn’t the best option for bathrooms. Floors that are most suitable for kitchens, bathrooms and toilets are waterproof types that don’t absorb moisture and are easy to clean, such as sheet vinyl, luxury vinyl tile, stone tile, ceramic tile and porcelain.

Using matching flooring for areas in homes can work well for design and function, such as using the same flooring for bathrooms, utility areas and kitchens which are often connected, as these areas all have plumbing and the frequent use of water. Bedrooms and upstairs hallways could have matching soft carpet. Entrance hallways and lounges could be matched with real wood flooring, lvt flooring or laminate flooring. The most hassle free option is to simply opt for a quality stone or wood effect luxury vinyl tile flooring throughout your house as the waterproof design makes it suitable for all rooms.

Should floors be darker or lighter than walls?
It’s a well-known design tactic to contrast the colour of walls against the colour of floors to improve the overall appearance and feel of a room. Opting for a floor that is darker than the walls is usually a good way to make a room appear larger. When deciding how to choose flooring colour to compliment wall colour it is vital to consider the specific room in question, including any furniture that will be placed in it, as naturally some colour combinations will work better in different situations. Darker floors combined with lighter walls and ceilings creates a more traditional style which tends to be selected most frequently.

Areas with lighter floors and darker walls are less common, however the contrast can make ceilings appear higher. The majority of the surfaces in any room are the walls and ceiling, using darker colours here will reduce the overall lightness of a room which is ideal for areas such as TV rooms. Opting for the less common darker walls and lighter floors style is also a simple way to increase the individuality of your space.

Is vinyl or laminate better?
If you compare sheet vinyl to laminate the only advantage sheet vinyl has is that it is waterproof and laminate is not. Sheet vinyl tends to have the appearance of a low cost floor.
If you compare luxury vinyl tile (LVT) to laminate the only advantage laminate has is the price, the installed prices are also closer than often expected as most LVT has built in underlay, and separate underlay is needed to be purchased for laminate.

The benefits of quality LVT flooring over laminate include;
• More luxurious appearance
• More luxurious feel
• Looks and feels more like the material it’s imitating (stone or wood)
• Easier to install (built in underlay)
• Quieter to walk on
• 100% waterproof

If you are wondering how to choose flooring for whole house the best option is usually LVT flooring.

lounge area with Woodland Oak plank vinyl flooring, log burner, pile of fire wood, white walls, white sofa with grey cushions, white coffee table with books on, large mirror leaning against wall, window

Here our Woodland Oak plank vinyl flooring is looking fantastic, consisting of individual click together planks with built in underlay

What is the most low maintenance flooring?
LVT flooring is winning this battle at present, although there is still a factor of personal preference. Other low maintenance types of flooring for homes include;

Sheet Vinyl
A great option if you are working to a budget. Low cost to buy, low cost to install, waterproof, easy to clean, available in many different patterns.

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)
The best all-rounder available today. More expensive than sheet vinyl and laminate, less expensive than real wood and stone, waterproof, easy to clean, impressive real wood and stone imitation.

Stone Tile
Real stone tiles can create a high end result that is waterproof, easy to clean and durable. A luxury option if your budget allows. Can feel cold to walk on without underfloor heating.

Laminate
Laminate flooring is low cost to buy and low cost to install. It’s a durable material with the only downside being that it’s not waterproof which makes it less easy to clean and therefore the least low maintenance floor type on this list.

What colour floor makes a room look bigger?
Light colours are often used to make areas look airy and spacious, which can be combined with darker floors such as a darker shades of natural oak or grey to contrast the surfaces and increase the perceived size of a room. For smaller rooms and rooms with less natural light be careful not to go too dark with the floor, a moderate contrast in colours can still do the trick.
The best flooring for large areas such as hallways and lounges tend to be hard floors such as wood flooring, LVT flooring and laminate. High quality flooring in entrance hallways can make a big difference as it is one of the things first experienced when entering a property. Hallways and lounges are among the most used areas in homes, therefore the flooring needs to be hard wearing enough to cope with the use. Carpet in high use areas for example will not wear as well as hard floor types.

What is the quietest hard flooring?
How much noise a floor makes when walked on is an important factor, the only hard floor types that can be considered as quiet options are real wood with an oiled finish and LVT flooring. The quietest hard flooring is LVT flooring. When looking for the best flooring for living room and hallway areas, most consider floors like real wood, laminate, stone tiles and LVT.

When opting for real wood it is essential to choose an oiled wood floor rather than a lacquered floor, as a lacquered surface can be quite loud to walk on. Oiled wood floors are much quieter to walk on due to the surface having an oiled finish which is less hard and noisy than lacquered floors.

When opting for LVT there is less variation in how noisy the different floors are to walk on. However higher end wood effect LVT floors are likely the quietest as their sophisticated designs can include textured surfaces which replicate the grain of real wood. A way to test before you buy is to order a couple of free samples online and test how quiet they are to walk on.

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