Carpet trends of 2017

Carpet Tiles

Carpet tiles are most commonly used in commercial settings. They’re used in lots of offices as they can be easy to clean, being able to clean one tile at a time and only need to be replaced one tile at a time if any damage occurs. Carpet tiles are also easier to install than other types, the tiles making it easy to all fit together.

Carpet Runners and Area Rugs

Rugs and runners can look great if used correctly. The right size rug is definitely necessary for the right room. Rugs can be used in every room in a home potentially and are less commonly used in commercial spaces but can be occasionally to make a commercial space look more homely. In the bedroom and living room, softer rugs with more neutral tones tend to work well, whereas for a runner in the entrance hall you should express your style and make an impression.

Grey, Neutral and Cooler Tones

Grey, neutral and cooler tones in carpeting are most common and leave space to accessorise a room with colour without over powering it.

Flecked Carpets

Flecked carpets are stylish and look good in most rooms. They are also practical and hide dirt that appears not making it stand out quite so much because of the flecked effect they look clean and tidy not needing to be hoovered as often as plain coloured carpet.

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Best flooring for wet areas

Of course if we can help our floors getting wet then we will, but sometimes we just can’t help it. If you’re aware that your flooring is going to get wet frequently and want to plan ahead for it then here is a short article on how you can and what flooring materials work best for water on the floor. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most water prone areas in the home and the flooring in these rooms varies from other areas of the house generally for this reason. Tiles are commonly used in both kitchens and bathrooms, both porcelain and ceramic, as they are extremely water resistant, the weakest point with tiles is not the material but the grout that seals the tiles together. Concrete is also an extremely water resistant material, but not the most homely of flooring materials. Vinyl flooring can also work really well in water prone areas as it is water resistant and can come in a wide variety of colours and styles, making it adaptable for both bathrooms and kitchens, getting the look you want for your home while keeping the practicality of the material.

BEST

  • Porcelain Tile
  • Ceramic Tile
  • Sheet Vinyl
  • Luxury Vinyl Flooring – Plank
  • Vinyl Tile
  • Concrete

GOOD

  • Engineered wood
  • Laminate flooring
  • Linoleum tile or sheet
  • Bamboo flooring

BAD

  • Solid hardwood: Pre finished
  • Solid hardwood: Site finished
  • Carpeting

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Flooring for a kitchen

Flooring in residential kitchens can be a very important feature to the home. As well as a place where food is cooked, kitchens are usually the hub of the home, where family and friends gather to eat, drink and chat. The kitchen should be a warm and welcoming place in the home and the flooring appearance plays a big part in that. As well as being practical, in terms of damage and cleaning, it should be homely and inviting. Flooring types that work well for every eventuality in a kitchen include: laminate flooring is easy to clean and not too cold to walk on making it homely, vinyl has similar properties to laminate in that it’s easy to clean and can be made to look lovely and homely, tile can be slightly colder under your feet, but can come in a wide variety of different patterns, styles and colours to fit your living environment.

In a commercial kitchen, the flooring needs will be slightly different. There’s no need for the flooring to be welcoming, it just needs to be fit for purpose. It needs to be easy to clean, somewhat slip resistant and in keeping with the theme of the restaurant.

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Maintaining flooring

Most flooring materials are maintained in the same or a similar way, by thoroughly sweeping followed by mopping. Vinyl flooring should be protected first with a doormat, so initial dirt and mud is taken away before getting to the actual flooring. Vinyl flooring doesn’t require heavy duty cleaning products, so after thoroughly sweeping you will only need to use soap and warm water, but don’t leave a great deal of standing water on the flooring material for a long period of time because it will damage.

Rubber flooring should be maintained by hoovering over initially, followed by mopping, however like the vinyl you only need a damp mop so not to drench the floor in water. You should avoid using harsh chemicals when cleaning rubber flooring as it’s possible for the material to erode.

Carpeting can tend to be a slightly more high maintenance material. Ideally it should be hoovered daily, dependant on your lifestyle. Any spillages on carpet would have to be cleaned immediately, as spillages on carpet will set much faster than any other material. When carpet needs to be thoroughly cleaned, it is usually best to have them professionally cleaned as high street brands may bury stains deeper into the carpet.

Linoleum flooring is another easy to clean material, so long as spillages are cleaned immediately. It requires sweeping regularly, followed by mopping with a damp mop and soap if stains aren’t picked up by water alone. Scuffs from shoes and furniture are likely to be caused on linoleum flooring, these need to be tended too as soon as they’re noticed. Any scratches or burns that appear on linoleum flooring also need to be attended too, which can be done using a nylon cleaning brush.

Hard wood flooring should be maintained by dusting the floor, which can be done using a mop and dusting agent, then hoover the floor, ensuring you’re not using anything that will scratch it. To clean a hard wood floor you should mop the floor with a damp mop and soft cleaning products, ensuring no standing water is left. Don’t use harsh chemicals as they may damage the floor.

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Flooring for Homes with Pets

Finding the perfect residential flooring material for a home can be difficult, but when you have pets it makes the choice harder and more limited. However, you can incorporate your pets into your lifestyle while still keeping the same styles through your home. You do need to consider nail scuffs from unclipped paws as well as malting pet hair. Does your pet shed a lot of fur, and is it something that needs to be considered when selecting your flooring material?

Possible accidents that may happen, for younger pets, puppies for instance may still need to be toilet trained, they may be hyperactive and playful which could create more accidents, which is just something to be considered before installing a luxurious new carpet. For most pets, an easy to clean floor is essential, something that can be swept of pet hair and mopped of any spills.

Vinyl flooring is a great solution for a pet friendly, residential home due to its durability and stain resistance. This flooring is easy to clean, so if your furry friends tend to malt their fur it’s easy to sweep and wipe down. It’s waterproof which may make a difference for extra slobbery dogs and untrained puppies.

Linoleum flooring is also good for pets for the same reasons as vinyl, both being resilient to scratches and dents, however any standing liquid will be a problem, so any accidents would need to be cleaned up immediately.

If you already have flooring installed and want it protected, then an area rug may be a good idea, however don’t splash out on expensive carpeting as it may have to be replaced. A rug will attract dog hair and any stains will obviously be more difficult to get rid of, unclipped nails won’t be a problem and will protect the flooring below from scratches.

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Flooring Trends of 2016

All the flooring products we provide can be made to look chic and up to date, but some of the trends for 2016 so far seem to be quite directed towards wood flooring. Hardwood flooring can be expensive, but now that laminate and vinyl flooring can come in so many colours and designs, it doesn’t have to be. Laminate and vinyl flooring can be made to look exactly like wood flooring, in any wood, any colour.

Residential flooring styles of today can range over everything. Anything can be made to look great in a residential or commercial setting. From tile to laminate, some may be more practical for purpose and durable, but you can guarantee whatever flooring you get will look great.

Amtico flooring is proving very popular in 2016, in residential and commercial settings as a wood floor substitute. Amtico flooring resembles a natural hard wood floor, but is made from a mix of resin and high quality plasticizers, along with stabilizers.

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Your Guide to Choosing Flooring

It can be difficult choosing the right flooring for your home. With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to weight up all the pros and cons of different flooring materials. In this guide we will help you, giving you all the knowledge you need to make the right decision for you. Different rooms will suite different materials, in terms of durability and in terms of individual households and families. Below are a variety of flooring types, with the suitability for your home.

Hardwood Flooring

Solid or engineered timber flooring is a very popular and stylish material to use in your home. These hard wood floors are easy to clean and maintain, making them great to use for high traffic areas of your home, however it is worth keeping in mind that these can be loud to walk on so if that would be a problem in your household then maybe it’s not for you. There is also the possibility that water or other liquids that are not cleaned up for a while can ruin the hardwood flooring.

The best room? The best room to have hardwood flooring in your home would be the living room, because it’s durable and you can use a rug to muffle any added noise.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is a good material for busy families and is good for homes with pets as it doesn’t scratch or stain easily. It is easy to clean and maintain and is good to use in high traffic areas of your home, like hallways and kitchens. However, laminate flooring when left wet will be ruined and unlike hardwood flooring, can’t be re-finished, so avoid using this material in rooms where it is likely to get wet, like bathrooms.

The best room? This material is good for high traffic areas like a hallway. Not recommended for rooms where it’s likely to get wet.

Carpeting

Carpeting feels soft and comfortable to walk on, and unlike hardwood flooring is quiet and prevents echoing. However, it is worth keeping in mind that carpet can stain easily and needs to be maintained by hoovering regularly and occasionally steam cleaned. Even with this regular maintenance, there still may be dirt hidden within the carpet. For this reason, carpeting is best suited to rooms where spillages are unlikely to occur and best for households without pets.

The best room? Low traffic rooms such as a bedroom, because it looks cosy and warm, is comfortable and is least likely to get dirty.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is comfortable to walk on and tends to be a lot cheaper in comparison to other flooring materials. A good flooring material for homes with children, vinyl flooring is very durable and resistant to water. However, once vinyl is installed it can be difficult to remove. It can also dent and tear quite easily so heavy furniture can affect the flooring. For this reason vinyl flooring should be used in high traffic areas of your home where spillages are likely to occur, but be aware that heavy furniture will affect this material.

The best room? Bathrooms or kitchens are a good place for this material, as it is easy to clean and very durable.

Linoleum Flooring

Linoleum flooring is extremely durable and easy to clean. It is easy to install and requires little maintenance, much like vinyl flooring, it has a softer texture making it more comfortable to walk on. However, also like vinyl flooring it can get dented, scratched or torn and while it only requires little maintenance of being swept and mopped occasionally if this is not kept up it can begin to show age and turn a yellowish colour.

The best room? The best room for linoleum flooring would be a kitchen or bathroom, as water and spillages are forgiven with this material.

Rubber Flooring

Rubber flooring is an extremely durable material, making it good for high traffic areas of your home. It is low maintenance and is easy to clean, only needing sweeping and mopping every so often. Being such a strong and resilient material, it makes it a good material for children’s playrooms. Other factors about rubber flooring mean that it is water resistant and can act as a good sound barrier between floor and the ceiling below. However, rubber flooring can be extremely slippery when wet which would be a factor to consider before fitting into a children’s playroom. It can also stain and although there are various staining agents which will work on a rubber floor, some will discolour the material.

The best room? A children’s playroom would be a good fit for rubber flooring, although other high traffic areas such as a kitchen could work well also.

Tile Flooring

Tile can be durable and easy to clean, needing only quite low maintenance of being swept and mopped occasionally. It is resistant to scratches and dents making is good for high traffic areas of your home. This material rarely stains and there are staining agents available if it does. However, the grout around the tile does stain and will need to be cleaned. Tile flooring can be loud and cold to walk on and putting a heating system in place for tile flooring can be expensive. Tile can also crack, and if this happens it is difficult to repair.

The best room? The best rooms for a tile flooring would be a bathroom or kitchen because it’s water resistant and very durable.

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