Building an extension can be a costly affair, but well worth it. You’ll have more space, a nice little hub to do whatever you want with, and you’ll raise the value of your home. But only if it looks good. You wouldn’t want to add to the extension cost by buying overly costly flooring. There are lots of different types of flooring available – water-resistant and click flooring, just to name two. Read on to find out what flooring options you have for your new extension, and which one is right for you.
Laminate flooring is definitely the popular choice when it comes to flooring, and you can see why with so many attractive features. It will leave you with a beautiful floor that is really hard to damage, for an affordable price.
The hardest to scratch of all wood floors, laminate flooring would be the best choice if your extension will see a lot of activity. For example, if it were to be turned into a gym, art studio or storage space, you won’t need to worry about damaging the floor with paint or gym equipment because laminate offers a strong floor that is hard to scratch. It is pet-friendly and can come in water-resistant options so that it will keep its clean and high-quality state for a long time even with a lot of use. It’s also easy to maintain, with no extra work beyond the usual cleaning maintenance of sweeping and mopping to keep it looking its best.
Laminate flooring, due to its popularity, also comes in a lot of options. You can kit out your extension in a wood, tile, or stone floor and even use it over underheating, so your feet stay warm. It is the easiest to install with click flooring, so if you’re looking for an affordable option, you can even install it yourself.
Solid wood flooring
If you’re hoping to turn your extension into something more comfortable, like another bedroom, a dining room, or an AirBnB spare room, you might want to look at solid wood flooring.
The most long-lasting option, solid wood flooring is an investment, as they can last for hundreds of years. But that doesn’t mean you have to commit to the one look. Your solid wood flooring can be stained to any colour that’s in fashion and even refinished to look like new. Solid wood flooring can also look a lot more natural, with colour variation allowing for batches that will vary in colour and form, allowing you to achieve that rustic boho-chic look that is on every Pinterest board.
You will have a luxury wood flooring that will instantly upgrade the look of any room, that is pet-friendly and low maintenance so it will keep its luxurious look for many years. Solid wood flooring is more prone to scratching, however, so it is recommended to stick felt pads to your furniture.
Engineered wood flooring
For a middle ground between the superior practicality of the laminate flooring, with all the luxury of solid wood flooring, look to engineered wood flooring. It looks and feels like solid wood, with a stabilising base layer that offers extra versatility.
Like solid wood floors, you can stain it any colour and it will last many years with the authentic feel and look of solid wood floors, but it offers a lot of the practical features of laminate flooring, like its suitability for underfloor heating. It can also handle heat and moisture changes better than solid wood, is pet-friendly and is easier to install, although a professional is recommended.
LTV flooring is the perfect solution for someone looking for that luxury feeling in a room that will feature water. So, if your extension is designed to hold a pool, hot tub, or bath, look to LVT (or vinyl click flooring). Because it isn’t actually wood, it can come in a lot of style options, with a lot that give the illusion of wood, so if you’re looking for that secluded cabin feeling in your bathroom, this is the choice for you.
It goes without saying the vinyl option is highly water-resistant, and therefore highly durable, but it has a lot of other features that make it a great choice for your extension.
It is suitable for underfloor heating, so you can step out a cooling bath and feel the warmth on your toes, is easy to install so it’s the affordable option if you’re willing to do it yourself and is hard to scratch so it will look new for longer.