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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.

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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

Recycling your old carpet

If you are thinking of replacing existing carpeting, have you considered how you will dispose of it? Many carpet layers and retailers will take away old carpet, either as part of their service or for an extra cost, but where does it end up? Sadly, a lot of unwanted carpet ends up in landfill, exacerbating the UK’s already huge waste problems. If you want to ensure your old carpet is put to use rather than adding to the country’s landfill crisis, here are some things you can do.

Offer it to a new home for free

If your carpet is in decent condition, someone will be happy to take it off your hands. Freecycle and Freegle are both fantastic sites where users can sign up to browse items others are giving away for free. Even smaller pieces of carpet might be desirable to someone looking to fit out a home on a tight budget.

Re-use part of it

If you are replacing a carpet because it is damaged or stained in one area, check whether there is enough undamaged carpet left to be used elsewhere. Could it be used in a box room, study or other smaller space? You can even use carpet as an extra layer of insulation in your loft, helping to keep your home warm and your energy bills down.

Use it in the garden to keep weeds down

Old carpet was traditionally used by allotment holders to keep weeds down in unused beds. It also makes a great allotment path. While many council allotments have banned the use of carpet due to the chemicals contained in some older varieties, there is nothing to stop you using it in your own garden. It acts as a tough weed suppressant for overgrown or neglected areas and can easily be removed when you want to start cultivating the land.

Donate it to an animal shelter

Many animal shelters would be grateful for used carpet, as it makes great mats for kennels and cages. It can also be used for cats and kittens to scratch to help keep their claws healthy and can help to keep cold shelters warmer in winter.

Recycle it via your local authority

Recycling services vary dramatically across the country, so you should check with your local authority about the options locally.

If none of these options are suitable and you decide to dispose of your carpet via your retailer or carpet layer, be sure to check that it won’t end up in landfill.

Posted on by Paul Smith | Posted in Carpets

Flooring Trends for 2019

Now that 2018 has well and truly finished, the interiors industry has already started looking ahead to 2019 to reveal what the biggest trends in home decor are going to be. When it comes to flooring, there aren’t actually all that many surprises – the main trend once again appears to be wood, which has gone from strength the strength in recent years. Here are some of the ways in which you can expect to see wood featuring as flooring next year.

Engineered Wood Flooring

This is expected to be a huge trend in 2019, with more and more people recognising that engineered wood delivers the best of both worlds when it comes to flooring. It’s timeless, durable and beautiful, meaning it will look just as good in five or ten years as it does on the day it’s installed. It’s also versatile and is suitable for laying over many different types of flooring if the correct installation procedures are followed. It’s the perfect compromise for anyone who wants hardwood flooring but doesn’t quite have the budget or conditions required.

Grey Wood Flooring

Greys, especially pale, bleached tones, are expected to be back again next year. There has been a move towards grey woods and laminates recently, but 2019 is when this trend will really come to the fore. Grey is particularly popular in kitchens, where it works well with glass and brushed steel. It’s also becoming increasingly popular in bathrooms, where it offers a contemporary alternative to tiles.

Sustainable Woods

Consumers are more eco-savvy than ever before, and manufacturers are upping their eco-credentials in order to win over those who want to minimise their carbon footprint. Always check where the wood you’re using is sourced from and research the sustainability of the materials used in your flooring, no matter type what you choose. Bamboo has been a popular choice recently because of the incredible speed with which it grows – this trend is expected to continue, and there are even laminates replicating the unique and striking appearance of bamboo flooring.

Darker Woods

2019 is likely to see increased demand for darker wooden flooring or laminates. This indicates a slight shift away from the pine and oak tones of the past few years – although these will remain popular due to their mass-market appeal. Darker woods are more associated with a luxurious finish and look incredible paired with white walls and boldly coloured accessories.

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The latest trends in bathroom flooring

As the smallest room in the house, it is easy to overlook the bathroom and keep it as a neutral, classic space rather than following the latest trends in interior design; however, it is precisely because of its small size that it is often possible to go for a more daring finish in here than you might in your living room, for example. Striking flooring is one easy way to instantly update your entire bathroom and does not have to cost too much. It can also usually be done in just a few hours. Here are this year’s biggest trends in bathroom flooring to provide you with inspiration.

Grey wood or laminates

Laminate flooring has long been a popular choice in bathrooms, especially in homes that have laminate installed in other rooms. It enables the rooms to flow together and has the added advantage of going well with all colour schemes and decor styles. This year’s big trend in laminate flooring is grey tones, which instantly add a modern feel to any room and are perfect if you want a calm, soothing bathroom with something of a spa feel. Opt for lighter tones of grey if you want to keep your room feeling bright and airy or go for a more dramatic dark grey if you really want to make a splash. Just make sure you choose a laminate that is suitable for installation in bathrooms or other rooms with high levels of humidity.

Intricate patterns

You might dream of an intricate, mosaic-tiled floor, but this can cost a considerable amount of money – not to mention take a long time to clean to keep it looking as good as new. If you love brightly-coloured, intricate patterns, why not opt for vinyl flooring instead? You will find a huge selection of colours, patterns and textures, and all for a fraction of the price of real tiles. Vinyl is also easy to install, quick to clean, and wonderfully soft and comfortable underfoot.

Indigo

Indigo, which has been big news in interior design for the past few months, has now made its way into bathrooms. If you don’t want to paint whole walls this deep, dramatic shade, why not consider adding elements of indigo to your flooring? Pick a striking vinyl flooring that incorporates indigo or purchase some soft, luxurious indigo bathmats, which will look particularly striking against clean white tiles or a pale laminate.

Posted on by Paul Smith | Posted in Flooring

The lowdown on patterned carpets

Patterned carpets have come back into fashion with a bang over the past couple of years. Designs that just a few years ago would have been seen as too busy are now flying out of flooring stores as homeowners attempt to add more personality to their decor. Although patterned carpets can work in any room of the home, they are particularly well-suited to hallways, stairs and landings, where there are often minimal furnishings for them to clash with.

Statement carpets

These have become increasingly popular and there is no sign of them falling out of favour any time soon. Statement carpets, such as those with bold or unusual patterns or colours, are ideal for smaller rooms, such as hallways or home offices. You can be far more adventurous with your flooring choices in a small room and a statement carpet can even be the main design feature of your decor. Statement carpets work well with plain walls in a complementary colour and minimal furniture for a fun, contemporary feel.

Classic patterns

Traditional patterned carpets work very well in period homes, particularly on stairs and landings. They do not tend to work as well in modern homes, so it is a good idea to avoid classic styles in newer properties. Persian-inspired designs are a timeless choice for a luxurious and tasteful finish. Be sure to check that your chosen carpet is recommended for the area in which you are planning to lay it; for example, you will need something that can cope with heavy wear and tear if it is for the stairs or a hallway.

Stripes

When browsing carpets, you will find a whole host of striped options in all the colours under the sun. Striped carpet has a modern feel and works well in modern and period properties alike. It is important to think about the direction you lay the carpet in when working with stripes. Striped carpet can make a narrow room appear wider if the stripes run between the narrowest points; however, if laid in the wrong direction, stripes can make spaces feel smaller than they are. Striped carpets look great laid on stairs and give an instant and modern boost to your hallway.

Large patterns

Big, bold patterns work well in spacious rooms. They draw the whole space together and can help to make large rooms feel cosier and more welcoming. While a large print pattern might seem too big for a smaller room, some such patterns can work well as statement flooring, as discussed earlier.

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Quick fixes for dirty carpets

With the holiday season approaching, you are probably expecting an increase in the number of visitors to your home. Friends, family and neighbours popping round for parties, drinks and social gatherings, but it can sometimes feel like a struggle to keep your house looking presentable at all times. Spilt food and drinks and outside dirt being traipsed in can leave your pristine carpets looking a little worse for wear. While the best way to clean a grubby carpet is often by using a professional carpet cleaner, here are a few speedy tips you can do by hand if you need instant results.

Use a carpet brush

This old-fashioned method is particularly effective on soil and dust. Trodden-in soil that has dried solid might seem impossible to remove by hand; however, by using a stiff carpet brush to loosen and break down the dirt, you will be able to simply vacuum most of it up and leave your carpet looking as good as new. This tip works best when there is only a small patch of mud or soil, as larger patches will require a lot of time and elbow grease to break down.

Freshen up a stale-smelling carpet with vinegar

Vinegar comes to the rescue in a range of household cleaning emergencies, so it is worth keeping a large bottle in the cupboard. Fill a bucket with warm water and a generous splash of vinegar. Using a soft-to-firm scrubbing brush that won’t damage your carpet, scrub your carpet with the water and vinegar solution. Replace your vinegar solution with fresh warm water and dip a clean cloth or towel into it. Wring this out and use it to scrub the treated area, then simply leave the carpet to fully dry.

Remove stains with baking soda

This is a tried and tested tip that people have been using to clean carpets for decades. It works in a similar way to the carpet powders you can buy from any supermarket and is handy for when you have run out or the shops are closed. Simply sprinkle baking soda on the affected area, then spray the area lightly with hot water from a plant mister or similar. Leave this mixture to sit for as long as possible – three hours or more is ideal and you can even leave it overnight if you have the time. The mixture will soak up dirt and any unpleasant smells from your carpet. When it is dry, simply vacuum up the baking soda.

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Get creative with retail flooring

When selecting new flooring for your retail or commercial premises, you probably place a lot of importance on functionality and durability. While this is a sensible approach, playing around with colour and layout can really make your business stand out and improve the experience of your customers. Here are just a few ways in which you can really make your flooring work for your business.

Lay out paths

Customers like having a clear sense of direction, even if they sometimes veer off course. One way of laying out a clear path for customers to follow is via your flooring. Use different colours to separate different sections of your premises or lay out a clear path through your store in a different colour to the rest of the flooring. Customers might not even be aware they are following a path, but this is a great way to direct customer flow exactly where you want it.

Choose colours wisely

If your business is design-led, think about the colours that work best with your fittings and the products you sell. A dull, uninspiring floor in a neutral colour might seem like a practical and safe option; however, playing with colours can really lift your whole space. With the huge variety of colours available in vinyl, for example, it is possible to choose just about any colour you like. Do you want your space to be cool and contemporary, warm and welcoming, or soothing and relaxing? The colours you choose can play a huge part in the overall feel of your premises and can really make a difference to how your customers feel when entering.

Separate areas with flooring

Depending on the size of your business, you might have several different departments or smaller sections that display and sell different products. Using different colours or patterns can help to segregate these areas and create clearly-defined and distinct spaces. You might even choose to have different flooring altogether in different parts of your business; for example, a homewares store selling furniture and accessories might choose heavy-duty commercial use laminate flooring for the majority of the store and a contrasting thick, luxurious carpet in the part of the business that displays high-end accessories or luxury items.

We supply flooring to all kinds of businesses and our experienced team is always on hand to answer any questions you might have about your own premises.

Posted on by Paul Smith | Posted in Commercial Flooring

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