Natural wood flooring has an enduring appeal that survives the ebbs and flows of fashion in interior design in the home. At the peak of the DIY years it was not unusual for homeowners to spend considerable amounts of time in stripping, sanding and then polishing the wooden floors in their properties.
The results were often excellent, but the drawbacks were in the quantities of dust, time and effort involved, often more than could realistically be combined with a full-time job and family needs. With older houses there were sometimes also problems in sourcing matching widths and thicknesses of floor boards to replace a damaged board.
Nevertheless, wooden flooring adds a warm glow to a room and provides a base for adding individual touches such as a beautiful rug or two to match the colour scheme of walls and soft furnishing and has remained a popular choice.
The same effect can now be achieved by using either laminate or natural solid wood pre-prepared blocks that can be fitted over an existing floor. The technology for replicating a wood grain finish using a laminate is so sophisticated that it has become an affordable alternative to solid wood. Laminate flooring is a particularly suitable finish for areas such as kitchens and bathrooms as it is moisture and scratch resistant.
If the choice is for wood there are two main options, solid wood and engineered wood. Engineered wood is a real wood veneer top layer bonded to multiple cross-laid pine or marine plywood backing layers providing a durable and natural finish that can sometimes be more stable than solid wood flooring.
Designs are either floorboard strips or parquet, which is a repeat pattern of wood pieces laid in a geometric pattern. Karndean and Amtico are two makes of flooring that have an excellent reputation for durability and easy maintenance and cleaning. Both Karndean and Amtico flooring are available from flooring specialists in central Scotland.
For home owners considering their flooring options in this area of Scotland the choices between carpets and wooden flooring can be assessed in showrooms in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Falkirk.
There are friendly and experienced staff available who can guide customers through the details of correct measurement, fitting for those considering DIY, the details of which type of flooring will best suit their budget and the aftercare needed once the floor has been fitted. Fitters can also be provided if the customer is not intending to do the work themselves.