SELECTING A FLOOR, ROOM BY ROOM
Choosing a new floor is very exciting and making the right decision as to the type of floor you choose is very important. There are so many designs and types of surfaces available that it can make the process a little bewildering. To help make it as easy as 1-2-3, follow these simple steps
1 – Select the room in which you’re installing new flooring
2 – Read our 3 key criteria for selecting flooring for your room
3 – Go to our Find your floor tool and search and compare your options
A floor for your entrance
Hardwearing: the soles of your shoes carry sand and tiny stones from the outside that can be very damaging to the floor, a reinforced surface treatment is what is needed
Easy cleaning: In fall and winter you may have to clean every day. Though there are no self-cleaning floors, there are certainly floors that are easier to maintain than others
Looks: You never get a second chance to make a first impression
A floor for your living room
Looks: It is where the family gathers and where you entertain, choose a floor you are sure you will enjoy for a long time
Resistance: This room will have a lot of use, so select a floor that will stand the test of time and not wear out too quickly
Acoustic: As it is a reception area, you also may want to consider the flooring's acoustic properties to help reduce noise
A floor for your kitchen
Hardwearing: The kitchen is likely to be a busy room and things like pots and pans can be dropped occasionally causing damage to your floor, choose a floor that is durable and impact resistant
Stain resistance: You want the tomato sauce to be an everlasting memory in your guests’ mind, not on your floor so select a surface that's stain resistant and easy to clean
Looks: Today’s kitchens are becoming part of our ‘daily living’ areas and so need to be more than simply functional, they need to reflect our own individual style and personalities
A floor for your bedroom
Quiet: Your bedroom is your cocoon, make sure that your new floor provides good acoustic insulation
Comfort: You want your bedroom to feel cosy and welcoming so check the thermal properties of the floor
Serenity: Soothing designs and soft, neutral colors will provide a restful environment
A floor for your bathroom
Water-proof: This is essential for a bathroom floor. Make sure you read the specific installation instructions for how to seal the floor and keep it water-tight.
Easy to clean: Choose a surface that is easy to clean and keeps the time you spend on maintaining it to a minimum.
Comfort: No one likes to step out onto a cold floor after a hot shower so make sure you check out the thermal properties of the floor.
A floor to play
Hardwearing: Playing, creating and discovering are all things that children should be doing. To a floor that translates to scratching, staining and denting. Make sure your new floor will be able to stand up to these challenges.
Clean: Small children spend a lot of time crawling around on the floor so you want to make sure that their environment is as clean and dust-free as possible. A smooth floor that is easy to clean is the best playground for any child.
Comfortable: Most of the games children play will be on the floor so consider both the acoustic and thermal properties of the floor.