If you're looking around your home and thinking of updating it there are hundreds of ways to update it that are transformational and not hugely expensive, so in this blog we'll look at some ideas that'll make your home look like new for little money. The focus of this blog is look at floor coverings, one of the easiest ways to transform a room.
Carpets are one of the most common floor coverings. They are warm and soft underfoot and in colder weather offer better insulation because they trap the air among their fibres. Carpets also improve the air quality of your room by trapping dust, pollen and other particles by removing them form the breathing zone. This is great for people with asthma and other allergies.
Laminate flooring provides a hardwearing floor that looks like real wood for an affordable price. This type of flooring is wipe clean, so it's perfect for busy family lives. It also isn't affected by temperature and moisture, so you won't get any unexpected lumps or bumps.
Solid Wood Flooring
Premium quality solid wood flooring brings a warmth and elegance to you home. This is the real deal, made from 100% natural wood. This is the most expensive of wooden flooring, but is regared as the highest quality.
Vinyl flooring is an easy to clean and hygienic option. It is suitable for all rooms in the home and comes with self-adhesive backing for the easiest installation possible.
Engineered Wooden Flooring
Engineered wooden flooring offers the benefits of laminate flooring (it is impervious to changes in humidity and temperatures) but when it's laid has the same appearance as solid wood flooring due to the veneer of wood on the top layer.
Tile Effect laminate flooring
Tile effect laminate flooring has the appearance of stone or tiles but brings you the benefits of laminate flooring which include warmth and practicality. It is available in concrete a various types of slate, based on slate form round the world.
The favourite of public buildings including schools and offices, carpet tiles are easy to install and hugely hard-wearing. It's a perfect choice for home offices or playrooms, where kids will be running around.
Other things to consider
If you're laying laminate flooring you have to make sure that your under layer is perfectly flat before you lay it. If you have concrete floors or uneven floorboards it is best to create a new under layer that is level (check it with a spirit level). You can do this buy using chipboard flooring as a base layer. Once this is down you can add your underlay (see next section).
Underlay is a hugely important part of putting down new flooring. It insulates, it creates a softer floor for walking and it dampens acoustically, meaning you'll have less noise underfoot, and importantly if you live in a flat, lessens the noise of your footsteps so your neighbours don't hear every step you take.
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