Carpeting can add the perfect touch of color and class that embraces the decor of a room. The advantage of carpet flooring is the wide variety of colorful plush-pile fabrics such as Berber and twisted Frieze. Advancement in treated carpeting makes for family-friendly coverings in high-traffic areas. Carpet fabrics can be durable, pet friendly and beautiful in appearance and texture.
Laminate flooring is a compressed fiberboard plank, covered by a photographic image of wood, stone or tile and a protective overlay. It’s cheap and hardwearing. Click-lock designs are simple to install. A wide variety of imitations of natural materials are available.
Each floorboard consists of three or four layers of wood, glued together at right angles to create a plank around 14mm thick. It has a real-wood veneer of around 4mm thick on top, which means it can be sanded back and treated to restore the original finish if it becomes scuffed, worn or damaged. The way it is constructed makes it more stable than a piece of solid wood and less prone to changes caused by a room’s temperature or humidity. It is more attractive than laminate and cheaper than comparable solid-wood planks.
Each board is made from a single piece of wood, typically 18-20mm thick. It is usually fitted using tongue-and-groove. All types of wood have a hardness score, which indicates how easily they can be damaged, dented or worn by everyday wear and tear. It looks fabulous and, provided it’s installed correctly, is an appealing feature if you decide to sell your home.