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Why vinyl makes the perfect summerhouse flooring

If your summerhouse needs a makeover this year, you might be thinking about replacing the flooring. Here are a few reasons why vinyl is a top choice for your summerhouse.

Budget-friendly

Your summerhouse flooring needs to be able to withstand a lot of adverse conditions – from icy cold winters to blazing hot summers – and the constant traipsing in of mud, dirt and debris. As a result, you might be unwilling to push the boat out when it comes to your budget. Vinyl flooring is one of the most affordable options for your summerhouse, meaning you won’t freeze in horror every time someone walks across it with muddy shoes.

Huge array of designs

No matter whether you prefer wood, tile or something in a fun geometric pattern, you will find your perfect match in our range of vinyl flooring. Modern vinyl flooring is available in just about every colour, finish and design under the sun. Opt for a classic wood effect if you want a traditional feel in your summerhouse or a realistic tile design for something more luxurious. If you like to put your own stamp on your summerhouse decor, you might want to choose a striking monochromatic pattern floor covering or something bright and colourful. The possibilities are endless when it comes to vinyl flooring.

Easy to clean

Vinyl is a great choice for any space that is subject to a lot of dirt or moisture. It is virtually stain- and water-resistant and could not be easier to clean. You can use many methods to clean vinyl flooring – mop, vacuum, broom, cloth – making it the perfect choice for a summerhouse. Sweep debris off with a stiff broom, soak up spills with a soft mop and buff your vinyl to a sparkling finish with a cloth. Vinyl is the ultimate in versatile and low-maintenance summerhouse flooring.

Simple to install

Most homeowners with even minimal DIY skills will be able to lay vinyl flooring. Whether you need new underlay will depend on the existing flooring and any underlay already in place. If you are not sure how to go about laying vinyl flooring in your summerhouse, our friendly and helpful staff will be able to advise you. It is also a good idea to check with the manufacturer of your preferred vinyl flooring to make sure it is suitable for your requirements before you buy.

Posted on by Paul Smith | Posted in Vinyl Flooring

Choosing your laminate flooring colour

Laminate flooring comes in such a wide array of colours, finishes and styles that it can be hard to narrow down the selection. Here is a quick guide to help you choose which colour is best for your home.

The colour wheel

A quick online search will bring up hundreds of examples of the colour wheel used by designers and artists to select complementary colours. If you are replacing your flooring but other furnishings – such as your sofa and rug – are staying the same, this is a great way to ensure you won’t get an ugly clash of shades. It is also handy if you want your new flooring to sit well with the existing wall colour.

When using the colour wheel, you have a few choices. You can use colours that are neighbours on the colour wheel, such as brown and rust, or colours that are opposites (contrasts), such as brown and blue. There are obviously hundreds of other examples; however, as laminate flooring tends to most often be supplied in shades of browns and closely related colours, these are the most relevant in this case. If you have a teal sofa, for example, and want a pleasing contrast between your floor and your furniture, you will find a warm brown is opposite teal on the colour wheel and will work very well as a floor colour. If you have a rust coloured rug, flooring with blue undertones will provide a similarly attractive contrast.

Dark or light flooring?

Darker laminates, usually sold as walnut style or similar, tend to be cool shades and work well with other cool colours; for example, cool, light blue walls will work well with this type of flooring, as would cool mint green walls. If you want a contemporary finish, try teaming cool, darker laminate flooring with pops of a contrasting colour, such as bright orange or yellow.

If you prefer to opt for lighter flooring, perhaps to try to open up a dark space without much natural light, you will probably find that this flooring also tends to have cool undertones. Stick to other cool shades but feel free to team this flooring with light or dark furnishings and furniture; for example, a dark, cool grey sofa would work well here. Cool walls in the purple family – such as lilacs – look great paired with cool, light laminate floors.

Posted on by Paul Smith | Posted in Laminate Flooring

Choosing the perfect stair carpet for your home

The stairs feel the full force of your household’s traffic; therefore, choosing the right carpet is essential if you don’t want signs of wear and tear to show after just a few months. It is also important to bear in mind the flooring at the top and bottom of the stairs – will you replace all the carpet with the same design or do you need two different floor coverings to work together?

Here are some tips to help you choose the best carpet for your stairs.

Plain or patterned?

While plain carpet is by far the most popular these days, it can make more sense to lay a patterned carpet on the stairs. Patterned carpets help to disguise dirt and wear and tear far better than plain carpet and can be a great option if you have small children or pets. Stripes work particularly well running up the stairs. If you don’t plan to run the same carpet through your hallway – perhaps you have wooden or laminate flooring there – patterned carpet laid on the stairs looks very contemporary alongside wood or wood-effect flooring. The chances are that you will want to run with the same carpet up the stairs and onto the landing, so think about how your chosen colour or pattern will work upstairs in addition to on the stairs themselves.

Choose heavy-duty

You will only want to consider heavy-duty carpets for your stairs. These will usually be labelled as being suitable for stairs and might also come under the banner of heavy domestic. Thinner carpets are generally no good for stairs, as the constant heavy foot traffic wears through them in no time, particularly at the centre of each stair where most footsteps will land. You won’t want a deep, luxurious pile carpet on your stairs; however, you will want something with a little cushioning. This helps to muffle the sound of family members or pets running up and down the stairs and will help to cushion your fall in the event of a slip.

Don’t scrimp on the underlay

Decent underlay makes all the difference, especially when it comes to stairs. The right underlay can elevate any carpet, so this is not the area to scrimp. Speak to our friendly team if you need any advice on the best underlay for your stairs carpet.

Pay for professional fitting

Finally, laying stair carpet is best left to the professionals unless you are certain that you know exactly what you are doing.

Posted on by Paul Smith | Posted in Carpets

2019 carpet trends

While many homeowners have replaced carpets with wood, laminate or tiles over the last 20 or so years, others have stuck with their beloved carpet throughout and wouldn’t dream of having anything else underfoot. Whether you are a lifelong devotee of the carpeted floor or you are looking to replace some of your other flooring with carpet, here are the top trends for 2019.

Short pile carpets

It might not feel as dense and luxurious underfoot as deeper pile carpets, but short pile flooring is easier to maintain, making it perfect for busy family homes. It also has the advantage of not showing marks left by furniture to the extent that longer piles can. It is far easier to keep clean, meaning less work for you. Short pile carpets are more suitable for homes with pets, as there is less chance of long claws getting stuck in the fibres or dirty paws traipsing dirt deep into the carpet. Shorter piles are also a better option for allergy sufferers.

Multi-coloured designs

Solid coloured carpets still have their place, of course, but statement carpets are having currently making a splash in the world of interiors. Carpets featuring a variety of colours add life and personality to any space and are a great way to brighten up a dull room. One added bonus of multi-coloured carpets is that they are great for disguising dirt and stains, whereas single colour carpets are less effective.

Jute

Jute – and any other fibres that have a natural, low-key appearance – have been doing the rounds for a while and the trend is set to continue for some time yet. In addition to the obvious aesthetic appeal of jute, it is great for allergy sufferers, as it does not trap dust, pollen and other allergens in the same way as carpet. It also looks fantastic in most areas of the home and creates a very modern finish. If you are not sure about a whole jute floor, you might want to start with a jute rug to get the effect on a smaller scale.

Large rugs

With the rise in open-plan living, rugs are getting bigger than ever before. People who have struggled to find rugs large enough to fill their most spacious floors will have much more choice in 2019 as designers, manufacturers and retailers start to focus on catering to rooms of all shapes and sizes.

Posted on by Paul Smith | Posted in Carpets

Bathroom flooring trends for 2019

Often the smallest room in the home, the bathroom can carry much more interesting flooring choices than other rooms. Here are some of the top bathroom flooring trends for 2019 to inspire you when redecorating.

Wood/wood effect

Many homeowners now favour laminate flooring in the bathroom because it blends seamlessly with other rooms in the home. This trend is showing no sign of fading and is set to continue well into 2019 and beyond. Laminate is a great flooring option for bathrooms – just make sure you choose one that can handle the high levels of humidity and moisture involved. You might have to be prepared to mop up any spills or pools of water as they occur, but you are probably already doing this anyway! Laminate is available in so many colours and shades and finishes that it is easy to find the perfect match for the rest of your bathroom’s decor. From bleached pine effect to decadent dark oak, wood effect flooring is a classy and timeless choice.

Geometric patterned vinyl

Think bold primary colours and graphical design. Vinyl is the ultimate in versatile flooring and lends itself perfectly to one of this year’s biggest interior trends. The bathroom is the ideal space in which to get adventurous with your flooring, so feel free to really go to town here. Pair bright, colourful vinyl flooring with white walls and tiles and add a splash more colour with vibrant towels and accessories for a fun, modern look.

Bronze tones

Whether you prefer vinyl or tiles, bronze and similar shades are set to big news this year. These colours go perfectly with natural tones in the bathrooms and add warmth to the room. You can add bronze accents throughout the room to complement your bronze floor by hunting down bronze-coloured fixtures and accessories. Blush and dusky pinks are also set to be popular colour choices this year and will have a similar warming effect to bronze.

Black flooring

It might not be for the faint-hearted, but the black bathroom is a big trend for 2019. Think black tiles, black marble sinks and black flooring. This is a bold look that creates a high-end, luxurious feel in any bathroom. It certainly won’t appeal to everyone, but done well it can make your bathroom the focal point of your home. Clever spotlighting will bounce off your black floor, bringing the whole space to life.

Posted on by Paul Smith | Posted in Flooring

Tips for cleaning your vinyl flooring

Vinyl flooring is loved by homeowners for its versatility and durability. It is also easy to clean, but you will still need to make sure you are using the best products and techniques to keep it looking its best. Here are some vinyl floor cleaning tips.

Sweep regularly

Sharp bits of gravel, stones and other debris can easily be trodden in from outdoors and can lead to scratches and marks on your flooring over time. Sweeping your vinyl floor regularly will get rid of any potentially damaging items and keep your floor dust-free for longer.

Use a soft mop

One of the big advantages of vinyl flooring is that it stands up to moisture well, meaning you can use a mop to clean it. A soft mop works best, but make sure it is not dripping wet. Just as you would wring out a mop when using it on laminate flooring, do the same when mopping vinyl. While vinyl is water resistant, you don’t want to have a pool of water sitting on a join or at the edge of your flooring, as this could seep through to the floor underneath.

Don’t be tempted to wax it

You might be used to waxing other floors in your home, but don’t be tempted to do this with vinyl. Quality vinyl flooring already has a clear coating to make it look attractive and shiny. Wax will actually make your flooring lose its shine and you will then be faced with the time-consuming task of having to get the wax off again. If your vinyl flooring does lose its sheen over time but otherwise looks fine, you can purchase a special vinyl polish to bring it back to its former glory.

Use the correct products

As vinyl flooring is so tough and versatile, many general purpose floor cleaners will be suitable to use on your flooring; however, you should always check the bottle or packaging to make sure. While there are specialist products out there designed to be used specifically on vinyl flooring, you will find lots of generic cleaners that say somewhere on their packaging that they can be used on vinyl.

Don’t use abrasive products

As vinyl flooring resists stains and damage so well, most dirt and spills can be cleaned up with a cloth, mop or sponge. Don’t be tempted to use scouring products if you encounter more stubborn stains, as these could damage your flooring.

Posted on by Paul Smith | Posted in Vinyl Flooring

Which flooring is best for a hot conservatory?

It might only be spring but much of the country has been enjoying unseasonably warm weather. Many are already speculating that this summer could be similar to the heatwave of 2018, which led to uncomfortable conditions for lots of us. As the room that tends to experience the most dramatic temperatures in the home, the conservatory has different flooring requirements to most other living spaces. If you are wondering what type of flooring is best for a sunny conservatory that hits high temperatures during the summer months, read on.

Laminate flooring

This all-rounder is suitable for most rooms in the house and can cope well with a sunny conservatory. Modern laminates are very resistant to both UV rays and heat, meaning your flooring should stand up well to the sometimes extreme conditions in your conservatory. It is also hardwearing, so will fare pretty well with household members and pets walking dirt in from the garden. Laminate is not cold to the touch in winter in the same way as tiles, but you can add a warm rug during the cold months if you want to add an element of cosiness.

Carpet

Carpets might be your preferred choice during the winter, but it is not ideal for conservatories that get a lot of sun and reach high temperatures in the summer. Not only will it make your conservatory feel even warmer but also it will fade in bright sunshine over time, making it look shabby. While some carpets are more resistant to UV rays than others, anyone who has moved furniture in a sunny, carpeted room will know how dramatic the fading effects of the sun can be.

Tile

This is one of the best choices for a hot, sunny conservatory. Tiles will help to keep your conservatory cool on warm days, although they can become hot to the touch if exposed to prolonged and strong sunlight. Tiled floors in shaded parts of the conservatory will feel cool underfoot and will help to keep the room at a more comfortable temperature during the evening hours.

Vinyl

Vinyl is a great choice for a hot, sunny conservatory. It is affordable, soft underfoot, won’t get too hot in sunlight, and is very durable. Just make sure you choose flooring that has good resistance to UV rays to avoid fading in direct sun. Most modern vinyl’s are fade-resistant, meaning they will look as good as new for years to come.

Posted on by Paul Smith | Posted in Flooring

The advantages of vinyl flooring

If you are looking for affordable, low maintenance flooring, look no further than vinyl. It is the ultimate versatile and practical flooring for busy family homes.

Easy to clean

Vinyl is probably the easiest type of flooring to keep clean. You can vacuum it, mop it, sweep it, wipe it or scrub it. Unlike other types of flooring where you have to be careful about getting too much water on them, vinyl can cope with heavy spills and high humidity in rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms. Water simply can’t penetrate most vinyls, making it perfect for bathrooms or shower rooms where pools of water often accumulate. This also means you can mop vinyl without worrying about drying it immediately after.

Tough and durable

Vinyl is perfect for busy rooms of the home and can last up to 10 or 20 years in many cases. Look for high quality and specially coated vinyls if you need something particularly hardwearing. One of the biggest risks to vinyl flooring comes from sharp objects, such as sharp pieces of grit or gravel trodden in from outside. If you use doormats to limit the chance of this happening, there is little else that can damage your floor in everyday life.

Affordable

Vinyl is highly affordable; however, this does not mean you have to compromise on appearance. Modern vinyls are available in an endless variety of colours, styles and finishes, making it easy to perfectly replicate the look of wood, tiles or laminate. It is often impossible to tell that a floor is vinyl until you touch it, enabling you to get the look you have always wanted without breaking the bank. It is also easier to lay vinyl flooring than carpet, wood or even laminate in many cases. The chances are that if you are a moderately experienced DIYer, you will be able to do it yourself, saving on installation costs.

Comfortable

Vinyl is comfortable to walk on and is warmer than tiled floors, which is something you will be very glad of in the depths of winter. It is also available in different thicknesses and with different types of underlay, so you can make it extra padded if you choose. This is great for homes with small children, as it provides a cushioned surface for them to fall over onto or to sit and play on. It is also great if you want a quieter home, as it muffles footsteps and other sounds.

Posted on by Paul Smith | Posted in Vinyl Flooring

The top wood flooring trends for 2019

Wood has long been a favourite amongst homeowners looking for a stylish finish and is set to be a bigger trend than ever in 2019. Although carpet, tiles and even vinyl have enjoyed a great deal of interest in recent years, wood is set to take centre stage once more in the interior design world.

Hardwood flooring

This timeless choice is on lots of people’s wish lists; however, it is not always practical. It is expensive to buy, often requires professional installation, and can need more TLC than other types of flooring. Having said that, if you have the budget for hardwood and it is suitable for the room you wish to install it in, it is hard to beat. Wood flooring adds value to any home and will simply never go out of style. It is versatile and hardwearing, and you can sand it, paint it and stain it fairly easily if you want to change its finish or refresh its appearance.

It is not usually suitable for bathrooms, kitchens or other rooms with high humidity without special treatments, so think carefully before you opt for wood.

Laminate flooring

While laminate was once looked down on by many as it was considered cheap and a poor imitation of wood, things have moved on a great deal over the past couple of decades. Most people would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between hardwood and some of the more convincing laminates on the market today. Laminate flooring is a great way to get the look and feel of real wood but at a much more affordable price. It is also a great option for those who want to achieve the look of a more exotic or unusual wood that would be prohibitively expensive or might not be suitable for installation in certain rooms of the home.

Plenty of laminates can be used in bathrooms and kitchens, meaning it is possible to use the same flooring throughout your entire home for a stunning, flowing finish. Laminate can often be installed by someone with a basic knowledge of DIY, meaning you might even be able to save on the cost of professional installation.

Wood-effect vinyl

Another hardwearing and affordable way to achieve the look of real wood, vinyl is a great choice for areas of high traffic or in rooms in which you expect to do a lot of mopping! It is easy to clean and can withstand a lot of wear and tear. Some premium wood-effect vinyls are so convincing that you will have trouble telling the difference until you actually touch them.

Posted on by Paul Smith | Posted in Wood Flooring

The advantages of laminate flooring in the bedroom

Laminate flooring is everywhere these days and it is not hard to see why. It is attractive, hardwearing, low maintenance, and comes in a huge range of colours and finishes. Many people still prefer carpet in their bedrooms, however, as it is soft and warm underfoot. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider laminate next time you replace your bedroom flooring.

It is great for allergy sufferers

Millions of us are allergic to dust mites, pollen, animal dander and other common household allergens. Laminate flooring is often recommended for allergy sufferers as it is far easier to remove allergens from than carpet. Even with a short pile carpet, there are thousands of little tufts and fibres that cling to dust, pollen and other allergens. Vacuuming has some effect, but it is impossible to get everything up. With a laminate floor, however, it is far easier to remove allergens. If you want to be really thorough, you can vacuum or sweep and then go over your floor with a damp mop or cloth. This picks up most of the allergens and will help allergy sufferers to get a good night’s sleep.

It looks just like real wood

There are so many types of laminate available that it has never been easier to find the exact shade or style you are looking for. Whether you favour a bleached pine look for a seaside home or a rich oak for a classic style, your perfect flooring awaits. If you have always wanted wooden floors in your bedroom but budget or practical considerations have stopped you, laminate is the answer.

It is easy to clean

If you have carpet in your bedroom, you are limited when it comes to cleaning. Carpet needs vacuuming regularly; even then, it is only partly effective. With laminate you can vacuum, wash, wipe, sweep or mop. You can even add a non-slip specialist laminate polish if you want it to have an attractive sheen. There is no need to lug the vacuum upstairs every time you want to freshen up your room – a soft broom or damp mop will do the job in most cases. Any spills, such as drinks, toiletries or makeup, can be instantly wiped up with minimal fuss. Compare this with the rigmarole of trying to clean up trodden-in eyeshadow or a spilt cup of coffee from a plush carpet and you will soon realise how much time and effort laminate flooring could save!

Posted on by Paul Smith | Posted in Laminate Flooring

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