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Advice Centre – Choosing Your Flooring

  
   It is never easy to select just the right flooring for the right room. Here though are a few tips.
 
Carpet
Carpet is most popular in living rooms, stairs and bedrooms.A good carpet with a good underlay will be the warmest type of flooring with could reduce you heating bills. Also, can act as a great noise insulator (ideal if the kid's bedrooms are above the lounge). Going for one colour on a number of different areas can make theareas look bigger. Similarly, a plain carpet will make a room lookbigger while large patterned carpets are better in larger rooms. Beige and grey hues are the most neutral and will blend into the backgroundwhile going for a strong colour or stripe will be much more noticeable. 

Vinyl
Vinyl was traditionally used in just kitchens and bathrooms but is now increasingly common in other rooms in the house. Often the most cost effective flooring it is also the easiest to maintain.
In recent years vinyl flooring sold in the UK has a slip resistant surface know as an R10 rating. Where a high degree of slip resistance is required such as for a wet room then safety flooring should be used. 
There exists a huge range of different options and designs with many mimicking wood or stone to such an extent they can be almost indistinguishable from the real thing.
There exist many different thicknesses of vinyl flooring. A thicker vinyl flooring will feel softer and more comfortable underfoot but may not be any harder wearing than a thinner vinyl. 

Laminate Vs. LVT
Laminates are made from recycled wood pulp that are pressed together making them environmentally friendly and mostly affordable. LVT is made from pvc material an oil related product) which makes it very tough and durable. Being harder wearing in general LVT’s will have a longer wear warranty than laminates.
Unless guaranteed waterproof laminate flooring is better not to be used in either a kitchen or bathroom. LVT’s however, are 100% waterproof and are ideal for areas where water may be present.
Laminate flooring is a floating floor which needs an expansion gap around the edge. To achieve this you either have to fit beading around the walls or fit the laminate under the skirting boards. LVT’s do not need any expansion cap and can be fitted right against the skirting board.
Both laminate and LVT use a high definition photographic process to replicate natural materials. It is more common for both to feature wood effects rather than the tile effect. It is possible to add so called design of feature strips into an LVT floor that are not available laminate floor.