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How to choose internal flooring for your extension

It doesn't matter if you're a "shoes on" or "shoes off" household, every home needs a floor it can be proud of. Here's how to choose what works for you.

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Internal flooring might feel like a finishing touch for your house extension or loft conversion, but it’s worth starting to think about it early in the process.

A great architect will start the conversation as they draw up your architectural floor plans, but if you’re not sure where to begin, here are a few of the biggest pros and cons for different internal flooring options.

How to choose internal flooring for your extension

1. Hardwood flooring

It’s durable and beautiful, and comes in a wide variety of shades to complement every style of home. You can choose from dark woods, like walnut, for a mid-century feel, or pine, for a rustic feel, with a plenty of options for laying patterns, varnishes and finishes.

If you choose solid hardwood floors you can sand and refinish the planks many times over, meaning that your floors can last for hundreds of years. However, engineered wood, which is a thin layer of compressed wood placed onto a backing, is a more affordable option if you’re looking for something that requires less upkeep.

Hardwood floors are never appropriate for damp areas such as bathrooms, as they warp with moisture.

Hardwood floors are a big investment, and can be very expensive. They’re also susceptible to scratches and marks, and don’t absorb sound very well, which is worth bearing in mind if you have downstairs neighbours!

2. Ceramic tiles

If you’re looking to put in a classic bathroom, kitchen or even hallway floor, consider ceramic tiles. They’re stylish, waterproof and come in a huge variety of styles and finishes.

Ceramic tiles vary in price and quality, so make sure you see them in person before you make a final decision. Paying slightly more for a better tile may reduce the probability of chipping, but it doesn’t remove it completely.

Grouting between the tiles may also make them harder to clean properly, so perhaps consider a more durable option if you have children or pets in the house.

3. Laminate floors

Laminate flooring is one of the most affordable options available. They can be used throughout the house, are easy to lay and simple to keep clean.

Beware that as laminate is soft, cheaper versions can be easy to tear and mark. Expect low-grade laminate to last for less than ten years before it needs to be replaced.

4. Carpets

Soft and cosy, it’s hard to beat a carpet for a bedroom. With plenty of options and endless colours to choose from, a fluffy carpet can be an affordable way to make a living space or bedroom feel like home.

Be aware that carpets stain easily, and are very difficult to clean thoroughly. As they collect dust and dirt, they may aggravate certain allergies. Carpets in high footfall areas, such as hallways, may also wear down relatively quickly.

Whatever internal flooring you choose, our team of friendly architects are available to help you lay the groundwork for your dream home, with great advice every step of the way. Book in a free consultation call today!

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