25 Nov The 12 floors of Christmas
With the year drawing to an end, we are once again faced with the joy of festive celebrations and fresh starts. From commercial to domestic settings, your choice of flooring can have an affect on both of these factors. Are you are looking for a flooring solution that allows your employees to dance the night away at your festive function safely and comfortably? Perhaps you are seeking a way of refreshing your premises for the new year. To help you make the best choice, we have created a guide into the most popular flooring types of the year. In no particular order, let’s explore them…
1. Entrance matting
Kickstarting our list is entrance matting, the popular flooring type found within the first few steps of a building. Entrance matting has provided businesses and homes with a place for guests to remove dirt and debris from the bottom of their shoes before stepping foot into their premises, allowing the rest of their flooring to remain clean and free of outdoor grime. In return, this can lower slip risks and the frequency of cleaning. Entrance matting is most effective when placed at any entrance into your premises, from front doors and porches to rear entrances.
2. Carpet tiles
Another popular flooring choice seen across the country this year has been carpet tiles. Typically, you could expect to see these in commercial locations, such as offices, where foot traffic is heavy. Their installation is simple and fast, and sections of the carpet can be replaced simply by another if damage were to occur. They are extremely durable and the variety of colours and designs can look great in every space. Carpet tiles can also reduce noise pollution, making them ideal for commercial locations across different floors.
Luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) are known for their ease and durability. The product is manufactured with layers of materials that are easy to cut through, allowing them to be shaped in bespoke ways to fit your requirements. LVT is made to appear in the same way as wood or stone, just without the costs and upkeep requirements. LVT is commonly seen throughout homes across the country due to its reliable qualities, such as its ease to maintain, versatility, and durability.
4. Wood plank vinyl
Wood plank vinyl differs slightly to LVT due to the way in which it is cut. Whilst LVT can be cut in tile shape, this flooring type is cut in a plank form, mimicking natural wooden floor. The wood-effect vinyl used provides a much-loved natural appearance, just without the requirement to treat or care for the floor and without the risk of splintering. You can also increase the slip resistance of wood plank vinyl, making it ideal for a range of environments, from your family home to the office.
5. Damp-proof flooring
Damp rising through concrete is a problem which is surprisingly common but never appreciated. With the addition of damp-proof membranes, your flooring will be able to combat the risk and prevent the presence of moisture or damp, saving you costs on repairs in the future! Damp-proof flooring is found to be beneficial in both commercial and residential premises.
Linoleum flooring is a popular flooring choice across the country and is praised for its characteristics. As one of the more cost-effective flooring types on the market with a low life-cycle cost, you will be surprised at its durability, stain and chemical resistance and anti-bacterial qualities. It is also extremely sustainable, using recycled materials during manufacturing. With increased slip resistance, you could expect to find linoleum flooring in both residential and commercial locations.
7. Safety flooring
Safety flooring has been preventing accidents for a number of years. The leading advantage to this flooring type is its anti-slip qualities, reducing the risk of slips, trips, or falls wherever it is laid. Additional qualities, such as its anti-bacterial properties and ease of cleaning makes it popular in healthcare environments such as hospitals and dental and doctor’s surgeries. Schools, leisure centres, and gyms also commonly opt for safety flooring.
8. Rubber flooring
Next on our list is rubber flooring. Manufactured with the finest quality materials, this flooring type has become renowned for its ability to dramatically reduce slip hazards in the busiest of locations. The smooth floor provides a waterproof finish that is easy to clean and holds insulating qualities that could result in reduced energy bills. Rubber flooring is most commonly seen in schools and leisure centres, and in locations where sport or physical activity would take place.
9. Vinyl flooring
Another flooring type that we see at the top of charts every year is vinyl. Standard vinyl flooring provides a low life-cycle cost, no matter the finish you choose. With an array of options on the market, you can be sure to find the style to suit your preferences. The smooth finish makes this flooring type easy to clean and maintain, and its water-resistant qualities work alongside insulating characteristics. This results in reduced energy bills and maintenance costs. From kitchens to bathrooms, vinyl flooring is commonly favoured across domestic locations.
10. Artificial grass
We are stepping outdoors with the next floor on our list. Artificial grass rises in popularity each year. It provides the ability for the gardens of domestic properties to be transformed, and dramatically reduces the amount of care and maintenance that gardens require. Artificial grass is budget friendly and safe for pets too, meaning that everyone in your home can enjoy the vibrant space all year round.
11. Stair nosings
Whilst not a complete floor itself, stair nosings are becoming an increasingly popular accompaniment. The simple addition of these can make stairs in any location a safer place. Not only do they make each step more visible and reduce trips, but they also prolong the longevity of each stair. You’ll see these commonly in busy locations, such as hospitals and shopping centres, but they can also be used in residential locations such as flats.
12. Capping and coving
Another accompaniment to flooring types across the UK, and one that has been reached for increasingly over the past few years, is capping and coving. They both work in the same way yet offer different styles. Their purposes are to remove the seals between floors and walls, increasing the ease of cleaning and reducing the risk of bacteria presence. Healthcare environments praise this flooring type as it aids in providing a sterile environment for both staff and patients.
At Easifit Flooring, our specialist contractors are experts in all things floor-related and are on hand to guide you towards the best solution for your requirements. Get in touch today to find out more about your options. Call us on 0800 096 1171 or send us an email via .