Wood flooring is any product manufactured from timber that is designed for use as flooring, either structural or aesthetic. Wood is a common choice as a flooring material and can come in various styles, colors, cuts, and species.
Wood is a common choice as a flooring material and can come in various styles, colors, cuts, and species. Bamboo flooring is often considered a form of wood flooring, although it is made from a grass (bamboo) rather than a timber.
Solid hardwood floors are made of planks milled from a single piece of timber. Solid hardwood floors were originally used for structural purposes, being installed perpendicular to the wooden support beams of a building known as joists or bearers. With the increased use of concrete as a subfloor in some parts of the world, engineered wood flooring has gained some popularity. However, solid wood floors are still common and popular. Solid wood floors have a thicker wear surface and can be sanded and finished more times than an engineered wood floor. It is not uncommon for homes in New England, Eastern Canada, and Europe which are several hundred years old to have the original solid wood floor still in use today.
Solid wood flooring is milled from a single piece of timber that is kiln or air dried before sawing. Depending on the desired look of the floor, the timber can be cut in three ways: flat-sawn, quarter-sawn, and rift-sawn. The timber is cut to the desired dimensions and either packed unfinished for a site-finished installation or finished at the factory. The moisture content at time of manufacturing is carefully controlled to ensure the product does not warp during transport and storage.
A number of proprietary features for solid wood floors are available. Many solid woods come with grooves cut into the back of the wood that run the length of each plank, often called ‘absorption strips,’ that are intended to reduce cupping. Solid wood floors are mostly manufactured .75 inches (19 mm) thick with a tongue-and-groove for installation.
Laminate flooring (also called floating wood tile in the United States) is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product fused together with a lamination process. Laminate flooring simulates wood (or sometimes stone) with a photographic applique layer under a clear protective layer.
Because the planks are joined piece-to-piece and form a seriously heavy single unit, it cannot slide around.
Laminate flooring has grown significantly in popularity, perhaps because it may be easier to install and maintain than more traditional surfaces such as hardwood flooring. It may also have the advantages of costing less and requiring less skill to install than alternative flooring materials. It is reasonably durable, hygienic (several brands contain an antimicrobial resin), and relatively easy to maintain.
Laminate floors are reasonably easy for a DIY homeowner to install. Laminate flooring is packaged as a number of tongue and groove planks, which can be clicked into one another. Sometimes a glue backing is provided for ease of installation.
Installed laminate floors typically “float” over the sub-floor on top of a foam/film underlayment, which provides moisture- and sound-reducing properties. A small (1–10 millimetres (0.039–0.394 in)) gap is required between the flooring and any immovable object such as walls, this allows the flooring to expand without being obstructed. Baseboards (skirting boards) can be removed and then reinstalled after laying of the flooring is complete for a neater finish, or the baseboard can be left in place with the flooring butted into it, then small beading trims such as shoe moulding or the larger quarter-round moulding can be fitted to the bottoms of the baseboards.
Saw cuts on the planks are usually required at edges and around cupboard and door entrances, but professional installers typically use door jamb undercut saws to cut out a space to a height that allows the flooring to go under the door jamb & casing for a cleaner look.
Improper installation can result in peaking, in which adjacent boards form a V shape projecting from the floor, or gaps, in which two adjacent boards are separated from each other.
Looking for anti-slip flooring? We have many years’ experience in installing enhanced slip resistant flooring across a huge range of applications including washrooms, WC’s, bar serveries, food preparation areas, changing rooms, laundries, sluice rooms, canteens, bathrooms, wet rooms, commercial kitchens, dental surgeries, hospitals, doctors surgeries and vets
Choosing the right slip-resistant flooring can prevent accidents and ensure overall safety for areas that present a risk of slips and falls. Available in homogeneous vinyl for lowest lifetime cost or heterogeneous vinyl for broader design options, Tarkett safety floors are heavy duty and easy to maintain.
Staying safe in the workplace should always be the highest priority for both employees and visitors alike. One of the best ways to ensure the safety of your working spaces is to install reliable, top quality safety floors. Gillett Flooring Contractors can provide expert advice and professional service covering every aspect of choosing and installing safety flooring. We can help you find the best flooring option for your workplace and have it installed with minimal disruption to your daily routine.
Safety flooring, such as slip resistant vinyl flooring, offers much more than just a sure footing. By cutting down on accidents and injuries, safety flooring is available in a wide range of colours, this heavy duty slip resistant flooring contains a bacteriostat, making it the perfect flooring solution for many different areas. We highly recommend safety flooring as the best product for most floors.
Wetrooms and walk in shower areas are becoming a more and more popular room in the modern home and when done correctly will give a very practical and useful room that is also sure to add value to your home.
The flooring is one of the most important parts of a wetroom as it needs to be anti slip as well as look and feel good. Many people choose ceramic type tiles but this option has many disadvantages including being cold and not particularly comfortable in bare feet. A specialist vinyl flooring is a great option for walk in shower rooms with level access showers as it is anti slip, tactile, warm underfoot and looks great.
Rubber flooring is a specialty flooring option designed to add padding and spring underfoot. Its unique qualities and style options make it a more versatile flooring option than you might initially think. From gyms to bathrooms to kitchens to playrooms, rubber flooring is a great choice for many spaces.
About Synthetic Rubber Flooring. Understandably, natural rubber is not a realistic option for commercial healthcare floors. … Use of recycled rubber flooring may also raise concern because of its potentially high toxic content
Rubber has a variety of inherent advantages that have made it an extremely popular flooring choice for commercial, high traffic environments. Now with a wide selection of colors, patterns, and textures available, this material is also finding its way into residential interior and exterior applications. However these advantages are also balanced by a series of drawbacks, which are important to understand before making a final flooring decision.
Durability: The most often touted benefit of rubber flooring is the fact that it is strong, tough, and resilient against a variety of conditions. Depending on the type of tile used, and the environment it is installed in, a properly cared for rubber floor should be able to last twenty years, if not longer.
Low Maintenance: Rubber flooring can be very easy to take care of. Synthetic flooring is generally more stain resistant than natural rubber. Polishing the surface with a water soluble wax emulsion will also make it more resistant to damage and discoloration. Cleaning generally requires no more than the use of a mop and warm clean water.
Amtico Click is a versatile and practical collection that makes no compromise on style and quality. As the name suggests, this easy-to-fit flooring range simply clicks into place.
Amtico flooring is made from a resin, which is compounded with various high quality plasticizers and mixed with stabilizers.
These ingredients are all compressed under high pressure and subjected to high temperatures.
This produces a flooring that is extremely durable and very thin.
As a leading supplier of Amtico products, we have flooring to fit every interior, from the soft hues of wood and the cool minimalism of stone, to the contemporary chic of Amtico’s abstract designs.
Using a unique method of manufacturing to produce both aesthetic and practical flooring solutions, the name Amtico is synonymous with quality vinyl flooring.
For an authentic natural finish, Amtico offers all the subtle shades, grains and textures of every conceivable wood and stone. From Sugar Maple to Corinthian Marble, each perfectly replicate the beauty of their natural counterparts.
For a more bold statement, Amtico have invested the imaginations of their top designers to produce cutting-edge abstract designs. With gentle shimmers and metal-like glints, bright vibrant tones to dark, dramatic extravagance, this range has something for every modern-day design pallet.
A more practical alternative than any natural product, Amtico flooring has a host of built-in advantages, boasting moisture, stain and scratch resistance, engineered toughness and guarantee-backed durability.
Karndean is a vinyl flooring product made primarily from calcium carbonate (limestone), polyvinyl chloride and pigments. It is structured with five layers – two PVC backing layers, one high definition photographic layer, one clear PVC embossed wear layer and a top polyurethane (PU) protective coating.
Karndean is such a force of nature within the flooring world that many people think that Karndean is a type of floor in itself. So what is Karndean flooring?
Karndean flooring is just one particular brand of Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring – and it’s the biggest name in the industry
Karndean understand that quality is the most important part of any floor, so all of their ranges are created with the highest standard of materials and with decades of technical knowledge behind each tile.
All Karndean LVT flooring is waterproof, long lasting and scratch resistant, and built to such a high standard that you’ll find lifetime domestic warranties offered across their ranges (and generous commercial warranties offered, too).
One of the many things we love about Karndean is their huge range of different designs. Their team of designers are some of the most passionate in the world and have toiled to create perfect solutions for any room, no matter your style or budget. The personalisation of your floor can go even further with a great range of Karndean Design Strips.
These are strips which go between your tiles to look like grouting, and you can mix and match them with the tile for the perfect combination
Carpet tiles, also known as carpet squares or modular carpet, are a modern and stylish alternative to standard carpet rolls. Though they’re much easier for a do-it-yourselfer to install on their own, they come with their own pros and cons.
Carpet tiles, also known as carpet squares or modular carpet, are a modern and stylish alternative to standard carpet rolls. Though they’re much easier for a do-it-yourselfer to install on their own, they come with their own pros and cons. Often used in commercial settings, such as in schools and airports, they are becoming more and more popular in residential spaces. As you decide whether to use a carpet roll or opt for carpet tiles, consider these qualities
Carpet tiles come with a range of benefits that include:
Easier installation than standard rolled carpet. Do-it-yourself kits are available. These kits make it simple with instructions, and straightforward measurements for installation.
You can install carpet tiles right over many floor types, including wood and tile. This way, you can quickly add a new look without the renovation work required by most flooring.
Easier cleaning and care. The tiles do not require any padding or glue to install them. Individual carpet tiles can be removed for cleaning, and replaced when dry. If one area of the floor becomes damaged, the tile can be replaced without replacing the entire floor.
Carpet tiles allow for freedom with design, allowing you to give more depth and texture to a room.
Many carpet tile options have enhanced stain resistance, which is especially important if you’re concerned about pet stains or young children knocking drinks over.
A carpet is a textile floor covering typically consisting of an upper layer of pile attached to a backing. The pile was traditionally made from wool, but, since the 20th century, synthetic fibers such as polypropylene, nylon or polyester are often used, as these fibers are less expensive than wool.
Carpets are used for a variety of purposes, including insulating a person’s feet from a cold tile or concrete floor, making a room more comfortable as a place to sit on the floor (e.g., when playing with children or as a prayer rug), reducing sound from walking (particularly in apartment buildings) and adding decoration or colour to a room.
Carpets can be made in any colour by using differently dyed fibers. Carpets can have many different types of patterns and motifs used to decorate the surface.
Carpets can be produced on a loom quite similar to woven fabric, made using needle felts, knotted by hand (in oriental rugs), made with their pile injected into a backing material (called tufting), flatwoven, made by hooking wool or cotton through the meshes of a sturdy fabric or embroidered.
Carpet is commonly made in widths of 12 feet (3.7 m) and 15 feet (4.6 m) in the USA, 4 m and 5 m in Europe. Since the 20th century, where necessary for wall-to-wall carpet, different widths of carpet can be seamed together with a seaming iron and seam tape (formerly it was sewn together) and fixed to a floor over a cushioned underlay (pad) using nails, tack strips (known in the UK as gripper rods), adhesives, or occasionally decorative metal stair rods.
Wall-to-wall carpet is distinguished from rugs or mats, which are loose-laid floor coverings, as wall-to-wall carpet is fixed to the floor and covers a much larger area.
Ceramic tiles have quickly become one of the most popular types of materials used in a home but often times home owners don’t understand exactly what they are. Ceramic tile is made up of sand, natural products, and clays and once it has been moulded into shape they are then fired in a kiln. When making ceramic tiles they can either be glazed or unglazed, but the majority of homeowners have glazed ceramic tiles in their home.
With their increasing popularity, there are hundreds of different designs of ceramic tiles.
If you are considering changing your flooring, it is important to consider the advantages associated with using these tiles in your home
When choosing a type of flooring to have installed in your home, it is important to consider whether it will be durable or not, especially if you have a family or pets. Ceramic tiles have a much longer life in comparison to other materials that are used to cover floors and walls. Another benefit associated with the durability of ceramic tiles is that they are resistant to moisture. If you are looking for flooring in wet areas, you may want to consider using ceramics as they are impervious.
Alongside general durability, ceramic tiles are also known because of their ample amount of resistances. If you have been to a variety of different commercial areas, you know that ceramic tile is generally placed in high-traffic areas. With that being said, ceramics are far more resistant to tread wear in comparison to other flooring materials. Also, ceramics are virtually slip resistant once an abrasive glaze is added to the tiles.