WOOD OR TIMBER LAMINATE
Wooden or timber veneer floorboards are a very popular choice as they are generally easy to clean and maintain. Spills are easily wiped up but strong chemicals are not recommended as these will damage the surface. However, this type of flooring can be noisy as sound reverberates off the surface, rather than being absorbed, which may be an issue for the client.
Timber is often chosen by homeowners as they like the warmth it can bring to the room, adding to the welcoming nature of the space.
A timber floating floor is fitted via a tongue-and-groove system in which each piece slots into the preceding piece as it is laid. It is called a floating floor because the pieces are not glued or attached to the substrate below. Generally quick to assemble, a floating floor is a popular choice for today’s homeowners.
Timber veneer or laminate flooring options are put together in a similar way or the pieces can be glued together.
Exposed concrete flooring has increased in popularity with the advent of the ‘industrial’ look in home design. The surface is extremely durable and low- maintenance, which makes it great for kitchens and open-plan living areas.
One of the benefits of a concrete floor is the ability to inject colour and texture into the surface to fit the look and feel of the home. Careful planning will be required if a concrete floor is to be specified because it is best if the whole floor is poured at one time, which means it will need to be done after any walls have been demolished if it is a renovation project.
Concrete floors should be sealed with an appropriate product and can be polished for a sleek finish or left as matt for a more subdued result. This type of floor can be cold underfoot, so it is essential to discuss under floor heating options with your client before final decisions are made.
Tiles — ceramic or stone — are a very popular choice for their durability, ease of installation and low requirements for ongoing care and maintenance. Specification of a non-slip tile is vital in a kitchen environment to ensure safety.
Sometimes used, although not popular with many homeowners as it is considered a cheap option, vinyl flooring does have the benefit of being a much softer(and quieter) surface that can cushion the feet if the cook is spending many hours in the kitchen as well as save on breakages if items are dropped.
Vinyl flooring has developed in recent years and is now available in a wide range of attractive styles, colours and textures, and is extremely easy to clean.