10 Benefits of LVT Flooring

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Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) are renowned as the go-to-flooring for commercial designers and industrial fit-outs. As a robust yet versatile alternative to tiled and hardwood, LVT is admired for the ability to replicate their designs to an intricate detail. Displaying the character, look and grain of wood flooring or the texture and feel of Italian slate tiles, LVT offers an affordable alternative. As the fastest growing market segment in the flooring industry, homeowners are vastly clicking on to it.

So we’ve covered the basics of LVT but why has it suddenly taking over our homes?

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Not quite sure which wood to order? Play it safe with samples!

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Choosing the right flooring for your home can be a tough decision. Picturing whether your stylish new sideboard will tie in with a complimentary natural oak wood floor or contrast perfectly with a rustic dark grain, can be hard to envision. Fear not, we’re here to help. We’re not about to pop round with a flooring fitter but we can give you some expert advice and free samples to help you along the way.

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Before you lay your wood floor Part 3: The room’s environment

In our previous ‘Before you lay your wood floor’ posts we discussed the suitability of the room and how to prepare your sub-floor so it is ready for the wood flooring to be laid. The next thing to look at is the room’s environment.

As we’ve said before, Wood flooring is of course made of wood, a natural material which is sensitive to the atmosphere and setting it is in. If the room has too much moisture, not enough ventilation or new work e.g. new plastering hasn’t cured properly, problems could arise with your flooring during or after fitting. Therefore, it is imperative that before you even receive your flooring, the room’s environment is right for your wood floor, your sub-floor doesn’t have any moisture related conditions and there are no plumbing issues. Remember, your sub-floor should also be clean, dry, structurally sound and level.

Warped/Lifted wood flooring boards

Warped/Lifted wood flooring boards

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Before you lay your wood floor Part 1: Room Suitability

A wooden floor brings subtle elegance and instant style to a home. It isn’t a cheap purchase, and there are a few things you need to do and think about before you buy or lay your wood flooring, but don’t worry it’s pretty straight forward and our collection of ‘before you lay your wood floor’ posts will provide you with the key bits of information you need and help guide you on your purchase. First on the cards is looking at ‘room suitability’ and where you can safely lay a wood floor.

Where can I lay my wood flooring?

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How to Maintain Solid Wood Flooring

Solid Wood Flooring offers a unique combination of class, durability and character to its surroundings – making it one of the best flooring choices for a homeowner looking for a new floor. However, these dashing good looks and amazing characteristics of  hardwood floors need protecting from daily wear and tear and other environmental circumstances and require a little attention. The general rule of thumb for any solid wood flooring is: pay your flooring care and attention and your floor will reward you with years of stunning style and service.

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Luxury Whitewashed Oak, Solid Wood Flooring

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Where can I lay laminate flooring?

Can laminate flooring be laid anywhere in the home?  The answer is yes, a small selection of laminates can – however, one room should be approached with caution. So where can I lay laminate flooring and where should I avoid?

Firstly, it is important to point out that your room should have no moisture related conditions such as damp floorboards or concrete/plaster work that has not fully dried – if it does, you will need to fix these issues before you lay laminate flooring to to hinder any damage occurring.

Laminate flooring is composed of several layers and finished with a scratch resistant protective layer making it perfect for living rooms, stairways, dining rooms, bedrooms and even conservatories and kitchens, (where solid wood flooring should be avoided). You just need to remember to clean up any spills straight away to stop any damage occurring!

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Laminate Flooring In the Home. Balterio Tradition Quattro, Select Walnut

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Narrow or Wide Planks?

A wood floor can change the aesthetics of your room with its beautiful and unique grain patterns and characterful look. Although the finish of a wood floor can affect the feel of the room, the width of the planks is also important to consider as this can change the look of a room dramatically. Wooden planks are sold in various widths from narrow 80mm wide strips to ultra wide 220mm boards – your choice can make a room look bigger, busier, cosier or even more relaxed so it’s important to know which width to go for to create the look you desire. Here we will discuss the look narrow or wide planks will achieve!

 

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Narrow or Wide Planks

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Wood Flooring Species

The type of wood used for solid and engineered wood flooring can vary to create unique and interesting finishes. Although Oak is primarily the prime wood type used for wood flooring, there are numerous other different wood flooring species whose beauty and benefits can’t be ignored.

Here I will talk through some key facts about a few of the most popular wood types to help you understand the benefits of each one that little bit more.
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Styling with Autumn Shades

It’s that time of year again, where a fusion of golden ambers and russet reds with their warm, glowing tones take reign over our landscape and there is a crispness to the air that brings an instant flush to your cheeks. There is nothing better than getting home after a day spent out in the cold and having the feeling of warmth embrace you. A wooden floor, with its varying accents of colour and unique grain patterns adds instant depth to a room and a general touch of luxury. Infuse the rich autumn shades into your home with a golden oak or an opulent mahogany wood floor and let the perception of warmth emanate around you.

Golden Hues

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Golden Manor Oak Lacquered, Engineered Wood Flooring

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