November 16, 2011
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London, UK (RPRN) 11/16/11 — Creative flooring specialists Carvall Group explain the pros and cons of popular flooring types.
When deciding on the interior decor of their property, most people make an emotionally driven purchase. This is normally based on matching the colour or pattern to an existing theme. When it comes to flooring solutions, decisions need to be made using a mix of emotional, and practical elements. Matthew Carvall, Managing Director of London flooring company Carvall Group, says:
“You need to think about what you need from your floor. Is your choice purely decorative or design-led? Will the floor be down for a long time? Also consider the number of people who are going to use the room and what the room is to be used for. You also need to incorporate pets into the equation.”
As a company, Carvall Group has witnessed many changes in style and tastes throughout it’s 40 years of trading. Below, Matthew highlights the advantages and disadvantages of several trending areas of flooring design.
Luxury/design-led approach - Wood effect
If style, rather than wear quality, is your main consideration, then the more popular areas for the luxury market are in solid or engineered wood flooring. The two products differ in that solid wood is completely solid all the way through, whilst engineered wood flooring has a solid top surface, typically of about 4mm, stuck onto the top of a soft wood backing-board.
The advantages of solid wood floorings are that they are the same wood all the way through, enabling the floor to be renovated over time by sanding and re-sealing to remove any wear, marks and imperfections. Subject to the specification, solid wood flooring can, in many cases, be installed directly onto a property’s joists, allowing for a more natural and flush finish.
Wood effect flooring’s main disadvantage is that it tends to be more costly and time-consuming to install, as most solid wood floors will need to be adhered in some way to the property’s subfloor. You should be careful where you buy the material, and check whether it has been properly kiln-dried. You need to be aware of the atmospheric conditions as the wood may expand and contract depending on moisture levels and relative humidity. The advantages of engineered wood floorings are that they are much cleaner to install, they do not need to be adhered to the floor. Most modern engineered wood flooring, and those from bettter quality manufacturers, tend to benefit from dry installation ‘Click’ joint systems, enabling it to rest as a floating floor and be ready for use immediately after installation.
Engineered flooring’s higher proportion of fast-growing soft wood makes it a much greener option than solid wood, especially if your taste leans toward more exotic timbers - which may be impractical due to the cost or availability of a solid wood floor. The main disadvantage is that it is harder to restore to its original state.
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