Even though at times you feel like Supermum, you may not always have as much time, patience or money as you’d like to admit! Sometimes however, essential tasks may come up that just have to be done – one of these is installing new flooring. There are many options that can not only look good, but can be installed alone with ease and without breaking the bank. In this post, Luxury Flooring & Furnishings discuss some options that would be perfect for any home.
Laminate flooring has come a long way in recent years, meaning there are plenty of options in wood, tile and stone effect. Most are waterproof, scratch resistant, and anti-static, making them ideal for any home, and with many brands stocking high quality goods at less than £10 per square metre, it is hard to go wrong! Although they are water resistant, water can seep into cracks between planks and cause damage underneath if not immediately wiped away – this makes laminate unsuitable for bathrooms. Install these quickly and easily by using adhesive to stick them to the floor, or simply clicking them together if there are click/tongue and groove joints on the planks
Sheet vinyl may be a cheap option for many, but can become damaged easily with children running around or dropping things! That’s where LVT comes in. Luxury Vinyl Tiles replicate stone, wood or tile looks and are extremely resistant to water and spillages. They are normally priced at around £14 per square metre at the lowest, making them great for decorating smaller areas, and worth the price for having greater water resistance than laminate. This is because of the material they are made of, and makes them ideal for bathrooms or kicthens with frequent spillages. Install these the same way as laminate, by using adhesive to stick them to the floor, or simply clicking them together if there are click/tongue and groove joints on the planks.
Engineered Wood Flooring
Although engineered wood flooring is a bit more expensive at just over £20 per square metre on average, it is great for decorating smaller rooms with great sophistication. If you are trying to increase the value of your home before selling, this investment can make a large difference, particularly in adult or guest bedrooms. Engineered floors use layers of plywood topped with a real wood layer, making them identical to the more expensive solid wood, and lasting a lifetime. Engineered flooring again can be installed with adhesive or again a click installation method, or using a secret nailing method – although the latter may take longer, it will help increase stability.
As you can see, installing flooring doesn’t have to be a chore. Whichever option you choose, you can save money, achieve a beautiful look, and have enough practicality for the floor to last a lifetime in your home.