Flooring Type

Flooring Type

Not sure which type of flooring would be the best fit for your project? Below is an overview of the different flooring options that we stock, so you can find out which option suits you best!

Laminate Floors

Laminate floors are designed to replicate real wood floor planks and natural stone effect tiles.

Laminate flooring planks are made up of a HDF fibre board backing with a photographic paper fused on to the surface with a clear melamine protective layer, producing an extremely hard wearing surface. Basically it’s a photograph which is why the decor options are endless!

Available in a wide choice of wood effect and natural stone effect decors, these days it’s getting harder to tell the difference between laminate and the real thing! Warm under foot, and really easy to install with its patented easy click system, laminate flooring is an excellent choice for any busy household. 

As with all smooth flooring, our laminate flooring is ideal for people with asthma or dust allergies as the surface when clean is extremely hygienic and resistant to dust mites.

The melamine wear layer makes laminate flooring extremely hard wearing and even more scratch resistant than a real wood floor. Damage can be caused by movement of heavy tables or chairs over the surface, this is why we recommend you put felt pads on the legs of all your heavy furniture. Any deep marking can be repaired using a repair kit.

Although laminate flooring surfaces are water resistant, we recommend any spillages are wiped up immediately to stop any fluid seeping down the joints and under the floor where this could cause problems, such as swelling.

Although laminate flooring can be slightly noisier to walk on than a solid wood floor, and to be honest this sound is not extreme or irritating, acoustic underlay or fibreboard underlay can be used to help reduce this sound, but this is not a necessity.

We offer a range of mops and cleaners suitable for maintaining your laminate flooring. Generally regular dusting and vacuuming with occasional damp mopping helps to keep your floor in tip top condition. We recommend a door mat is put in every door entrance in to the house to help reduce dirt and grit being walked on to laminate floor surface.

Laminate flooring is easy to install yourself and there are guides available in our download section to help your installation go as smooth as possible.

 

Vinyl Floors

These days, manufacturers like Karndean and Polyflor produce different qualities of Luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) with a huge choice of real wood effect and natural stone effect decors. Vinyl is extremely hard wearing and resistant to scratching, chipping and cracking unlike the real flooring it aims to replicate, such as natural stone and ceramics. Vinyl can also be used in areas likely to get wet and humid, such as bathrooms, and is suitable for use over under floor heating providing you use a high temperature adhesive.

Luxury vinyl tiles are composed of a tough stabilising vinyl backing then on top a photographic paper with the image of the replicated flooring, finished off with a further hard wearing clear vinyl wear layer. This wear layer varies in thickness, from 0.2mm for domestic residential tiles, right up to 0.7mm for heavy contract commercial tiles.

Traditionally these types of vinyl tiles are designed to be stuck down to a level and dry solid base, such as plywood or a smooth screed, although there are now loose lay vinyl tiles and click together vinyl tiles available which make installation much easier.

We offer a range of mops, cleaners, polishes & strippers suitable for maintaining your vinyl flooring. We also recommend a door mat is put in every door entrance in to the house to help reduce dirt and grit being walked on to your floors surface.

Engineered Wood Floors

An engineered wood floor board is made up of a multi–layered ply backing with a real veneer of beautiful natural wood on the surface. The backing gives each engineered board excellent stability and reduces reaction to extreme changes in room temperature and humidity, meaning that engineered wood can be laid in areas where solid wood is not suitable, for instance in conservatories.  Engineered real wood flooring is suitable for use in most areas of the home and comes in a wide choice of plank widths, stains and surface finishes.

As with all smooth flooring, our engineered wood flooring is ideal for people with asthma or dust allergies as the surface when clean, is extremely hygienic and resistant to dust mites.

Although our Elite range of engineered wood flooring CANNOT be laid over underfloor heating, our Tuscan engineered click range can.

Although engineered real wood flooring can be slightly noisier to walk on than a solid wood floor, and to be honest this sound is not extreme or irritating, acoustic underlay or fibreboard underlay can be used to help reduce this sound but only if you think it’s necessary.

Although the surface finishes on our engineered wood floors are water resistant we recommend any spillages are wiped up immediately to stop any fluid seeping down the joints and under the floor where this could cause problems, such as swelling.  

The finishes on the surface of our engineered wood planks are heavy wearing and resistant to scratching, but can be damaged by movement of heavy tables or chairs over the surface. For this reason we recommend you put felt pads on the legs of all your heavy furniture. Any deep marking can be repaired using a repair kit.

We offer a range of mops and cleaners suitable for maintaining your solid wood flooring. Generally regular dusting and vacuuming with occasional damp mopping helps to keep your floor in tip top condition. We recommend a door mat is put in every door entrance in to the house to help reduce dirt and grit being walked on to an engineered wood floor, helping to reduce scratching.

Both our ranges of engineered wood flooring are easy to install with a patented click system and can be floated on underlay or fully adhered to the floor.

Solid Wood Floors

Solid wood flooring is just that, a solid piece of timber machined in to a tongue and groove plank. Solid wood flooring is suitable for use in most areas of the home and comes in a wide choice of plank widths, stains and surface finishes. Solid wood flooring is warm under foot, and also extremely durable and hard wearing backed up by a Tuscan solid wood 10-year guarantee.

Samples are available for our solid wood flooring, but act only as a general representation of the grade, as wood flooring is a natural product and each individual plank can vary.    

We don’t recommend laying solid wood flooring over under floor heating as this can cause excessive movement in localised areas where floor temperatures are higher. We also do not recommend laying solid wood flooring in bathrooms or conservatories as humidity levels can be extreme, and cause excessive movement such as cupping.

Although the surface finishes on our solid wood are water resistant, we recommend any spillages are wiped up immediately to stop any fluid seeping down the joints and under the floor where this could cause problems, such as swelling.  

The finishes on the surface of our solid wood planks are heavy wearing and resistant to scratching, but can be damaged by movement of heavy tables or chairs over the surface. For this reason, we recommend you put felt pads on the legs of all your heavy furniture. Any deep marking can be repaired using a repair kit.

We offer a range of mops and cleaners suitable for maintaining your solid wood flooring. Generally regular dusting and vacuuming with occasional damp mopping helps to keep your floor in tip top condition. We recommend a door mat is put in every door entrance in to the house to help reduce dirt and grit being walked on to solid wood floor surface.  

We recommend that our solid wood flooring is fixed to the sub floor by using the recommended Sika adhesive or secret nail fixings using an appropriate nailer.

Carpet Tiles

Carpet tiles are extremely hard wearing and versatile. They are easy to install and it’s also simple to replace individual tiles if required. Carpet tiles are available in low loop, cut and textured piles in a wide choice of colours and designs. You can mix and coordinate some ranges to create countless design options.   

If carpet tiles are maintained routinely from the day of installation, you can sustain their appearance for longer and extend their useful life.

Regular daily vacuuming of your carpet tiles and a heavy contract mat placed in the entrance to the building can reduce soiling from dirt and grit.

In areas of constant traffic, rotation of tiles by switching with tiles from other areas can also help prolong the life of the floor.

When dealing with any spillages try to remove as much of the spillage as possible then lay an absorbent material over the affected area and press down in a blotting action. This should lift most the stain out, but any remaining marks should be spot cleaned with an appropriate solvent or cleaning agent. It is advisable to check which agents can be used on the specific tiles prior to cleaning.

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