Wood-effect vinyl flooring: ideal for open plan spaces
Open plan living spaces are becoming more and more popular: but is it best to opt for tiles, timber or vinyl flooring in these expansive, multi-functional rooms?
Open floor plans add a fantastic sense of space to any home, so it's best to avoid cutting this space into sections through the use of different floor types. A configuration of kitchen, living room and dining room will make different demands of the flooring which must all be taken into account.
Where open plan living spaces incorporate functional areas, such as the kitchen, alongside recreational zones they demand a multipurpose floor treatment which ticks all the boxes; delivering from all angles - from style and comfort to durability and hygiene - step forward vinyl flooring.
Vinyl flooring myth busters
There are a few old school myths surrounding vinyl flooring, but with modern production techniques and improvements in quality, we can happily dispel the negativity, namely:
- Vinyl flooring is not an outdated or unattractive choice. Improvements to production and design provide a huge range of styles to choose from.
- All vinyl flooring is not created equal! Rest assured, we only supply high quality Karndean and Amtico brands.
- Installation of a vinyl floor needn't be left to the pros - with the right products, competent DIY enthusiasts are capable of laying this product in their homes.
Vinyl flooring: the practical choice
Vinyl flooring is a practical choice as it is extremely low maintenance and easy to care for - there are no cracks to harbour bacteria and dirt; it is relatively stain resistant (where a clear wear layer is present to act as a surface protector) as well as being entirely water resistant. Quality vinyl flooring, if installed and maintained properly, can last upwards of 10-20 years so it can also be considered a durable surface.
Vinyl flooring is relatively quick and easy to install - simply requiring a dry and level subfloor to work with.
Not only is vinyl flooring a practical choice for functional areas, such as the kitchen, but it is also comfortable for use in living areas - it does not get cold in winter, is generally soft beneath the feet and is also quiet under foot.
The benefits of wood-effect vinyl flooring over real timber
The colours and patterns of vinyl are extensive but advances in manufacturing techniques mean that wood-effect vinyl flooring has become all the more convincing in recent years and that, combined with the practical qualities of this floor product, sees the associated benefits stack up against real wood floors.
Vinyl flooring, which mimics hardwood, is now so realistic that it offers a genuine cost-effective alternative to authentic timber. Where real wood can split or splinter, vinyl has evolved to survive heavy traffic even in public environments such as shops, hospitals and schools.
Vinyl flooring, ceramic products and porcelain tiles, we've got it all
With 5 showrooms - in Brighton, Crayford, Petts Wood, Tunbridge Wells and Welling - besides an extensive range of quality Karndean and Amtico vinyl flooring, we also offer a broad selection of ceramic, porcelain and mosaic glass tiles from a number of well-known brands including Original Style and Porcelanosa.
Our showroom team is on hand to provide expert advice and assistance with the installation of tile and vinyl flooring for any home interior project. To find out more about our range of ceramic or porcelain tiles and vinyl flooring, please speak to a member of the Tilemates team at your nearest store.