How to guide to picking floor coverings
Flooring is divided into two main categories: Textile and Non-textile flooring.
Textile flooring includes woven and knitted rugs, carpets (wall-to-wall) and needle fleece.
Non-textile flooring is a vast range of flooring divided into three categories. The three categories are as follows:
PVC, Linoleum and Cork
Laminate, Prefabricated parquet, Floorboards and Wooden floors
Natural stones, Terrazzo and Tiles
- Elastic Coverings
- Deciding on your choice of flooring for the specified area you would like to cover, both purpose of the area and budget should be considered.
- For areas such as kitchens and workrooms the most suitable floor covering would be laminate, tiles or linoleum (repellent to mold and warm for your feet).
- For bathrooms/showers or under floor heating the recommended flooring coverings are tiles, natural stone or marble. Natural stone and tiles are excellent heat conductors and come in a wide range of colours and textures.
- For an economic and easy to clean option laminate flooring is the most recommended. Easy to lay and clean flooring solution that is affordable and looks great.
- For cosier areas such as bedrooms and living areas, the use of soft carpets will create a warm and cosy atmosphere. This is a great option for heat insulation, noise reduction and is easy to clean. Good quality carpets woven from natural fibers are more expensive but with good care can last a lifetime.
- Subfloors should be prepared accordingly before any floor covering can be laid; in older buildings it is recommended to use underlayment panels to achieve a smooth work surface.
- When laying a new floor covering the floor structure should be checked and if improvements are required it is recommended to consult an expert.
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