Laminate, Hardwood, Linoleum, Tiles, Parquet, Vinyl Flooring in London
Choosing the type of floor that best fits your space is an important step in planning the installation of your new floor. Before we begin the task of installation, you should give careful consideration to the type of floor you want.
Hardwood flooring is available in both an unfinished and a pre-finished version. Unfinished flooring must be job-site sanded and finished after installation. Pre-finished flooring is sanded and finished at the factory – so it only needs installation.
Wooden flooring may be laid out in several different ways. The most common styles are parquet, strip and plank flooring. Parquet flooring have a very different look from typical hardwoods. They are made up of geometrical patterns composed of individual wood slates held in place by mechanical fastening or an adhesive.
Strip flooring is made from long, thin strips of wood, usually between 2″ and 3″ in width. Like stripes on clothing, strip flooring creates a sense of great length in a room, and provides a sleek, contemporary look.
Plank flooring is like strip flooring, but wider — usually between 3″ and 6″ in width. Plank flooring gives a room a more traditional, or country feel. Plank flooring provides a warm underpinning to many fine colonial and antebellum homes.
Laminate flooring is typically constructed with a high density fibre-board core, sandwiched between a melamine laminate backing, high quality photographic paper with an image of wood, stone or other natural flooring, and a melamine laminate top. There are a few new hybrid products that replace the photographic paper with a very thin slice of real wood veneer.Laminate floors are durable, resistant to scratches, stains, UV light and dents. Laminate flooring is susceptible to moisture damage, it is not the best choice for kitchens or bathrooms.
Vinyl flooring combines dramatic, authentic looking visuals like slate, limestone, concrete, cork and hardwood with durability and easy maintenance. Vinyl flooring is very versatile and provides the best bang for your buck when comparing to ceramic tile, laminate and cork. A properly installed and maintained, high quality vinyl floor can last 20 to 30 years. Vinyl’s surface is waterproof for worry-free living, even when spills are not wiped up immediately. Vinyl flooring is one of the best choices for high traffic areas, or households with active children or pets.
Linoleum Flooring, made of pine resins, sawdust, cork dust and limestone attached to a jute backing, is highly durable, but requires frequent finishing due to its porous nature, and it doesn’t look as stylish as cork or bamboo.
There are many different types of ceramic flooring. Ceramic tiles can be glazed or unglazed. Tiles that are glazed generally have a durable exterior coating that is more resistant to moisture. It is durable, easy to clean, non combustible and fire resistant. Ceramic tile is one of the most durable flooring choices available. With proper care and maintenance, ceramic flooring should last the lifetime of your home. Tile is often considered as elegant as stone, but it’s less expensive. Tile is stylish and relatively durable, but it is also hard and noisy and can be prone to chipping and other signs of wear.
Cork flooring is the ultimate natural flooring. It is a 100% renewable resource harvested as bark from living cork oak trees. Naturally hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial and anti-fungal. Cork flooring cuts easily to create floor mosaics, flooring borders and other floor designs. Cork flooring is inexpensive and works with any decor, but it is also susceptible to wear and moisture.
Bamboo flooring is made of a sustainable crop. Bamboo flooring is more durable and has the look of wood flooring. Cork, linoleum and bamboo flooring are the most popular environmentally conscious options.
Laminate Flooring vs. Hardwood Flooring
One of the benefits of laminate over hardwoods is that laminate flooring does not yellow or fade from sunlight or other elements. Most stained wood floors will change colour over time. Unlike laminates, though, wood floors can always be restored to their original beauty. On the other hand, laminate floors never need wax or polish. Both hardwood floors and laminates can be affected by excessive moisture, but it is only laminate flooring that can really hold up to being put in a kitchen or bathroom. Rooms that get a lot of moisture are not ideal for hardwoods. Finally, a special padding is required under laminate floors to reduce the floor’s potential for noise. Ultimately, the decision to go with hardwood floors or laminate flooring is best made by examining the best product for your personal needs.
London Floor Fitters
EZ Builders London Floor Fitters have all the necessary skills and experience required to handle your flooring. We are working with all types of flooring – hardwood, laminate, parquet, linoleum, tiles and vinyl. Send us your enquiry or contact us on 0790 523 0243. EZ Builders London Floor Fitters and Carpenters will give your professional advice you on the most suitable flooring and floor insulations. Take a look at what our customers tell about us.