Find the answers to commonly asked questions about flooring types


You need to measure the longest and widest points of your room, round up to the nearest 5cm and add on 10cm to both measurements to allow for tolerance. Make sure to take into consideration any doorways, alcoves or drop backs. 

Cut or twist pile carpets are best for pets as they are constructed with individual fibres so if your pet does pull at them you wont notice a lone thread gone missing, where as a loop pile is constructed with the thread running the entire length or width of the carpet, so if one of these threads does get pulled or caught it can pull in to your carpet.

We recommend a hard wearing, thinner (tight pile) carpet for your stairs. This is because the stairs have the most foot traffic so the carpet needs to be durable and able to preserve it's appearance. If a thick, soft carpet is selected, over time the carpet will flatten where you walk but still have its original appearance where you don't, making it like like two different carpets. 

Going for a stain-resistant, bleach cleanable, polypropylene carpet is usually the best choice if you have young children as if you do have any spillages or get any dirt on your carpet they are easier to clean than a wool carpet. 

Having a tighter pile, rather than a thicker pile, is advisable as these are more hard wearing and preserve their appearance for longer. If you have children and/or a family your carpet is prone to high traffic so a tighter pile will absorb this a lot better.

Polypropylene carpets are best for spillages and stains. They are available as stain and bleach resistant so if you do have any accidents they are easier to clean than a wool carpet.

99% of carpets are suitable for bedrooms. 

As bedrooms tend to be areas of warmth and comfort a lot of people go for a thick, saxony carpet as they feel luxurious under foot and bring a cosy feeling to the room. 

Wool and loop pile carpets are suitable for bedrooms but are not as popular a choice as they are not as nice a feel when walking on.

Choosing which underlay is best is all up to your unique situation.

If you are looking for a hard wearing underlay for areas of high traffic then a rubber option is best. The rubber underlay is constructed from recycled tyres, in a dense structure, so it can withstand high impact and provide excellent noise insulation. 

If you are looking for a soft and warm option then a PU (Polyurethane) foam underlay is most suitable. It is made from recycled materials and available in three different thicknesses, 8, 10 and 12mm. The foam structure makes it a great choice for bedrooms and living rooms as it provides a luxurious feeling under foot.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is waterproof, yes. The surface is made so that water cannot penetrate through, and during installation our fitters go around the perimeter with sealant so that no water or moisture can get underneath the vinyl flooring.

Essentially, yes, vinyl flooring is the same as lino. Linoleum is the material that used to be used in bathroom and kitchen floors, until vinyl, made mainly from PVC, started to replace it in the 60's. So when most people think of lino, they are now thinking of vinyl.

Vinyl flooring is not as slippy as laminate flooring, but is more slippy than carpet. It's slippiness can be reduced by mopping up any liquids that are on the surface. Certain vinyls have a higher slip resistance than others so be sure to specify if you are looking for a slip resistant vinyl so your advisor can bring out suitable samples.

Vinyl flooring is warmer than ceramic and laminate tiles. Vinyl is made from layered materials, each acting as a barrier for heat. The thicker the vinyl the warmer it will be.

Vinyl flooring is highly suitable for kitchens. It is water resistant so can withstand the moisture created in kitchens, available in 2m, 3m and 4m widths so you won't have excess waste if your kitchen is only narrow and can be mopped so is perfect for any spillages.

Yes, vinyl is highly suitable for bathrooms. It is water resistant so you do not have to worry about spilling any liquid or moisture and ruining the floor, it comes in 2m, 3m and 4m widths so you do not need to order more vinyl than you need in small bathrooms and it is easy to maintain; you can brush, hoover or mop. 

Vinyl flooring is water resistant, so yes, you can wet and damp mop it.

Vinyl and Laminate have different qualities and are suitable for different areas. Vinyl is water resistant and warmer so is suitable for bathrooms and kitchens, where as Laminate is hard wearing and can be seen as more stylish so is suitable to Living Rooms and Dining Rooms.

Vinyl is suitable for hallways. It is water resistant and easy to clean so is perfect for hallways where you bring in dirt and moisture from outside. The middle-top range vinyls are extremely hard wearing so can withstandthe high traffic that hallways receive.

Laminate Flooring

Generally laminate flooring is not waterproof. It is made from wood materials, which come in planks that click and join together. If water or moisture gets in to these joints then the wood can expand and start to 'tent' up, this is why laminate is not advised for areas of high moisture like bathrooms and kitchens. 

Water resistant laminate products have been introduced to the market but it is not something that we feel comfortable recommending.

Laminate flooring is not suitable for bathrooms and we would advise against it in kitchens. Moisture created in these areas can get into the laminate joints and cause irreversible swelling. 

Laminate is a hard wearing product, yes. It is made from HDF (High density fibre) wood, which provides stability and durability, and is finished with a protective layer that provides dent and scratch resistance.

Laminate is suitable for many areas of your home including Bedrooms, Living Rooms, Dining Rooms, Hallways and Conservatories.

Laminate flooring is suitable for underfloor heating. It can be laid on top of both wet and electric systems.

Laminate flooring is probably the coldest floorcovering out of carpet, vinyl, laminate and LVT but it is not particularly cold as a product by itself. If your room is warm then this heat will be passed on to the flooring. Laminate underlay can also play a part, fibre board underlay will provide more warmth than a foam underlay.

LVT Flooring

LVT stands for Luxury Vinyl Tile. It is a water-resistant, scratch-resistant, highly durable PVC vinyl plank or tile, available in a range of designs and colours.

Yes, Karndean is a brand name of LVT. When someone is looking for 'Karndean' they usually just mean LVT. 

LVT is highly water resistant, yes. It is made from PVC, a waterproof material, which is why it is such a popular choice for bathrooms.

LVT is extremely hard wearing. It is constructed of several layers of underlayment and PVC, compressed together to provide a hardness, finished with a clear, tough wear layer, to provide scratch resistance.

LVT is highly suitable for kitchens and bathrooms, yes. Made from PVC, which is a waterproof material, it is highly resistant to liquid and moisture, making it perfect for kitchens and bathrooms. LVT comes in individual packs which means you only have to order the amount of floor coverage you actually need (rounded up to the nearest pack), meaning you won't have excess waste. 

LVT is highly suitable for conservatories. It is resistant to temperature changes so you don't have to worry about it getting cold in winter and warm in summer. It is also water resistant so you don't have to worry about any condensation or moisture in winter.

LVT is a warmer floor than laminate and ceramic tiles, but not as warm as carpet. It can be laid on top of underfloor heating and is a good conductor in these conditions, if you wanted to add some extra warmth.

Yes, you can use LVT on top of underfloor heating. It can be laid on to both water and electric heating systems. Not only can it be used it is also a good conductor of the heat provided so you get the full effect of your underfloor heating.

LVT is made from mainly PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride). It is constructed from several layers of PVC and underlayment, compressed together, then a decorative sheet is applied and the plank is topped with a wear layer and UV protective coat.


Pleated blinds are best for heat retention in winter and prevention in summer. They have a honeycomb structure that provides a barrier so heat cannot escape/penetrate. This structure is so effective it has been proven to reduce heat and energy bills.

Another suitable option for heat retention is roman blinds. They come in thick fabrics, that when lowered, don't show any gaps for any heat to escape from. Also available with an optional thermal lining, this can further insulate your room.


Pleated blinds are the most energy effecient. Their honeycomb structure means that they retain heat extremely well during winter and block heat during summer, leading to reduced heat and energy bills.

Roller, roman and pleated blinds are the best for blocking the most light and providing the most privacy.

Roman and roller blinds come in whole sheets of fabric that do not have any gaps once closed. They can be fitted outside of the recess so the fabric covers the entire window and more, avoiding any light getting through the sides. Both these blinds are also available in blackout linings.

Pleated blinds come in a perfect fit system, which is a frame that is placed on your current window and then the blind is fitted into the frame, meaning the blind covers the entire glass pane, so when closed there are no gaps around the perimeter. Pleated blinds are also available in blackout fabrics.

Roller, vertical, faux wood and aluminium venetian blinds are your best choice for areas of high moisture.

Faux wood and aluminium venetians are inherently water resistant as they are made from PVC and aluminium.

Roller and vertical blinds are available is certain fabrics which are made from moisture resistant PVC.

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