Hardwearing solutions for hardworking floors.
Once again summer has faded away and now your floors aren’t looking as great as they did when they were bathed in beautiful summer sunshine. The kids are bringing in mud and the dog is scuffing things up which definitely doesn’t help retain the shine. Are you fed up of spending far too much time each week cleaning and polishing your beleaguered floors? Nip these issues in the bud when purchasing your next floor…and this doesn’t mean you have to stick with ceramic tiles! Modern wood and vinyl can be flooring that works whatever the weather. There are a huge plethora of colours and styles so you don’t have to compromise on aesthetics for functionality.
Wood that wears well whatever the weather.
Engineered wood will allow you to avoid problems with moisture as the weather gets wetter. This can give you the same effect as solid wood as the top layer comprises a veneer of solid hardwood. Beneath the veneer are thin layers of plywood glued together. This design is what makes engineered wood less prone to warping in the face of changing humidity. It’s also what makes it able to withstand lots of footfall, whether from your pets, your family or visitors popping in. Kährs is considered by many to be the go-to supplier of engineered wood. They have been in the wood industry for over 160 years. They were the first to produce engineered wood flooring for the mass market.
If you are on a tighter budget, laminate flooring is another option worth considering. Advances in technology mean laminate designs are closer in appearance to real wood, for example, more deeply embossed wood grain effects. A leading brand in laminate flooring is KronoSwiss, who supply a range of textured finishes.
Vinyl that is bang up to date.
Vinyl has come a long way since the days of flimsy rolls in gaudy patterns. Today it is stronger and more durable and that is due to the innovation of LVT, otherwise known as luxury vinyl tile. LVT can be made to mimic the appearance of wood, stone or ceramic so your kitchen doesn’t have to look like it just stepped out of the 1980s. Multiple thin layers of vinyl are bonded together. This means you will get flexibility and comfort underfoot but not at the expense of durability. Waterproof and resistant to wear and tear, LVT is ideal for heavy-use areas, so its perfect if the kitchen is the heart of your home.
Like regular vinyl, LVT is resistant to dust mites. This is handy if you’ve got pets at home as our furry friends are prone to developing dust mite allergies. Amtico’s range of LVT flooring has styles to suit every home, whether you want to go rustic, modern, or anything in between.
Considering a new floor? If you would like to discuss your options surrounding flooring that works whatever the weather, get in touch on 0113 333 9022. Alternatively check out our Contact Us page.