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Bathroom and Kitchen Flooring

Bathroom and Kitchen Flooring Guide
Selecting flooring for your bathroom or kitchen is significantly different to any other room in your home. Individual practical features such as moisture and temperature need to be taken into consideration as well as the main function of your bathroom/kitchen, factors such as these will impact on your final decision. The following is a guide to the potential floors The Flooring Centre can provide to give your bathroom or kitchen the perfect finish: 

Luxury Vinyl Tiles
Currently one of the most popular solutions are luxury vinyl tiles, also known as Design Flooring. Karndean and Polyflor are two manufacturers with a wide variety of ranges, colours and designs in tile and plank format that replicate natural stone, ceramic and timber floors. Luxury vinyl tiles are adhered direct to the sub-floor providing a water and slip resistant floor which is easily maintained. Examples can be found here:

Karndean Flooring 
Polyflor Flooring 

Laminate Flooring
As a general rule industry advice would be to refrain from installing laminate flooring into wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. Potential standing pools of water will eventually seep through the joins causing the flooring to ‘lift’ over time. However the ever developing market that is laminate flooring has evolved and manufacturers such as Quickstep, Egger and Balterio have produced ‘water proof’ laminate ranges. Quickstep, for example, have introduced their unique water-repellent ‘HydroSeal’ coating which has led to launching their Impressive and Impressive Ultra ranges. Water-Proof laminate flooring has now opened up new options in timber and stone effect flooring suitable for most bathrooms and kitchens. Examples can be found here:

Quickstep Impressive
Quickstep Impressive

Engineered Wood and Solid Wood Flooring
As with laminate flooring, we would generally advise that engineered and solid wood flooring are more suited to other areas than bathrooms and kitchens. Engineered and solid wood floors cannot be mopped or allow water to be left on the surface for long periods. The decision to purchase either engineered or solid wood for a bathroom is at the customer’s discretion, if you are to pursue this route we would suggest purchasing a product with a lacquered finish as opposed to an oiled finish as the lacquer offers better protection against moisture, oiled floor are not suitable.

Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring, also commonly referred to as lino, is one of the most popular choices for bathroom in particular. Vinyl flooring is not just limited to cheap and dated cushion floors, the market has evolved providing high quality timber, stone and design effect finishes available in 1, 2, 3 and 4 metre rolls. Vinyl flooring is quick to install, is slip resistant and a perfect solution when looking for a floor that is easy to maintain. The Flooring Centre provides vinyl flooring on the roll within our Romford showroom (not online) so feel free to visit to view our samples or call us on 01708 768675 to discuss.