Ensuring that the physical appearance of your conservatory flooring blends well with the interiors is vital. Nothing should look like its out of place. From your main house, to the structure of your conservatory, its interiors, flooring and furniture inside it, everything should match. While ensuring this, you also be mindful of your budget.
Types of flooring differ from price, texture and with how you are going to utilize your conservatory. For example, if your conservatory is a part of your kitchen, then you would want a flooring that is resitant to moisture and spills. You should also consider the traffic that will pass through your flooring, because some dirt might be harder to clean on different types of flooring.
There should also be considerations for the climate, especially here in the UK, cold months are predominant than the warm and hot ones, so a flooring that can promote and maintain heat is recommended. Additionally, the location of your conservatory will also be a factor. Southfacing areas of the house tend to heat up more quickly so a flooring that will maintain the conservatory cool would be a good choice.
Here are some famous conservatory flooring in the UK.
Conservatories are not insulated unlike the other rooms of your house. Glass or plastic roof and walls tend to loose heat faster than other materials. Carpets are one of the famous choices for your flooring. Aside from their capability to keep your feet warm, they also give the feeling of ‘warmth’ and welcoming.
Carpets are best installed in living areas such as lounges or dinning rooms. This is easy to install over any type of sub-floor, it has countless of styles and patterns to choose from. If you have a cold material as a sub-floor, you may want to consider getting and installing carpets with good undelay and pile it up on your conservatory floor to obtain that warm, comfotable and luxurious feel. Carpets are affordable so you should not consider installing carpets with cheap underlay especially to the areas that have frequent traffic within the house. It will disintegrate soon and will get easily worn out and you have to change it immediately once this happens. So invest in a good flooring and you will end up saving more money.
Use of carpets in areas that are exposed to dirt and grime may decrease longevity of your carpet. An example of this area would be your garden, if your guests have to pass through your garden before entering your conservatory, better think again before laying out that carpet. This type of material is quite hard to maintain and should be cleaned frequently. They are also not recommended for sub-floors that can easy trap moisture and mildew, such as wood, this can affect affect both the carpet and your sub-floor.
Natural materials used in carpets like seagrass and coir are the most durable.
Flotex are made up of millions of straight and upright nylons arranged in a way that stain and dirt will not be easily absorbed. It is an innovation if flooring works, highly durable and easy to maintain. It may be tough but it is a warm and soft texture on the outside. It is highly water-proof and stain resistant and has a wide range of patterns and colors to choose from. Flotex brings about all the warmth a carpet can offer but is easily cleaned and maintained like vinyl.
This type of flooring is ideal for conservatories made as kitchens, because aside from being water proof, its is also has anti-microbial properties which keeps out organisms such as dust mites, bacteria and fungus. It also eliminates odour brought about by these organisms. A vacuum can easily clean this type of floor. It does not need any underlay and has long longevity, some companies offer up to 10 years warranty for flotex.
Everyone is familiar with the material used to cover or a cap wine bottles, well this flooring is made up of the same material. Corks are manufactured by removing barks of Cork Oak without harming the tree. There is a proper way and time interval in harvesting cork so as not to damage the trees. Cork trees are able to renew their barks and are easily sustainable, so this makes the cork material ultimately environment friendly.
Just like the flotex, it also has anti-microbial quality and has excellent insullation properties. It is soft and comfortable to walk on, and is also warm at the same time. It has a good pressure and shock resistant quality, meaning; you can walk over it a million times and yet it still goes back to its original condition. The corks elasticity and resiliency makes holds it true to its reputation. It also has good sound-deadening ability.
Corks are best installed in areas of your conservatory with high traffic occurrences. Also ideal if your conservatory is a play room because children tend to fall frequently. Since the cork has a soft quality and is slip proof, it is the best flooring if you have children at home.
You can put seals over it to protect it from moisture but if you do not want it sealed, its a better option not to put in areas that tend to get wet.
Limestone is a kind of sedimentary rock that is geologically formed by the consolidation of marine deposits such as seashells and other elements. It can be chalky and pale in appearance depending where it is manufactured. The limestone has a limited range of pale and light shades of colors such as: yellow, cream, beige, brown, grey or sometimes, black. These colors may have interesting surface markings on them.
These are porous materials that are treated, filled and softened to reduced the appearance of the floor making your conservatory appear luxurious. Natural limestones were used traditionally for cathedrals and castles, that is why when you have this as a type of flooring, you may get that “old” aura in your conservatory. The treated limestones appear more contemporary.
Limestones comes with varieties of soft and hard chalky characteristics. So the pricing of limestone depends on the thickness, smoothness, color and from where it was manufactured. It can be quite pricy but it can withstand time and is highly durable.
Limestone is a form of stone flooring and can be quite cold and slippery. That is why under floor heating is advised for this kind of flooring. Natural and porous limestones should be sealed after installation and should be cleaned thereafter to avoid staining from long time usage. Treated limestones are easier to maintain.
This is a type of limestone which is formed with sediments from mineral springs such as hot springs. It has a mottled nd vein characteristic. This material originated form Turkey and Iran with varying shades of cream and brown. Just like the limestone, travertine is also porous but can be treated and smoothed. They are also popular for their resilience and durability despite being porous.
Romans used this type of mineral sediment in building their architectures, the Colosseum (largest building in the world) is mostly made up of travertine. Proving its longevity, modern architecture now uses travertine quite a lot; from wall cladding to flooring.
This is also a stone flooring so under flooring heating is also advised. It is almost as pricey as limestone and is as durable with low maintenance.
Traver tine is additionally called oriental alabaster and generally noted as alabaster.
Sandstone is an elastic sedimentary rock that is composed of sand sized minerals and grains such as quartz or feldspar. Colors for this material may be any color but the most common would be yellow, red, tan, brown, grey and black. Different colors of sandstones can depend on the region where it was manufactured.
Sandstones have been used in architecture for decades proving its durability and resilience like the limestone and travertine. The texture of your flooring if you want sandstone will depend on you, it can be rough or smooth just make sure that it matches your conservatory interiors.
Disadvantages of sandstone are: it absorbs water, it can be slippery, it is not shock and stain resistant.
Granite is a form of rock that is made up of molten rock (magma) that is cooled down by time. It is durable, resilient and has longevity. Is also highly resistant to water, moisture and bacteria.
They are water resistant and can be polished for that smooth texture as well. It is abundant and is preferably used in making countertops due to its toughness and aesthetic qualities. Wide range of colors are also available.
Granite is hard and heavy that is why installation by professional is recommended.
Slate is derived from an original shale type of sedimentary rock made up of clay and volcanic ash through metamorphism. Its is fine grained and foliated. Slate is most commonly used as roofing material.
If preferred use is for your flooring, chemical sealants will be used to promote durability, appearance and stain resistance. It can be slippery when exposed to a wet environment. Has wide range of colors to choose from but the most common are grey shades.
Marble, just like the previously mentioned materials is also a form of stone flooring. Its is a metamorphosed limestone. It is abundant in Italy and was used by Romans to build sculptures. It is highly dense that is why it can be polished for that perfect smooth appearance.
It is also available in different colors and textures depending on where you want to place it. If perfectly blended well with the interiors of your conservatory, it promotes elegance and luxury. It is more pricey than the previously mentioned stones.
It is quite hard to maintain and is highly sensitive to acid and requires regular polishing to maintain its aesthetic value.
Laminate flooring are wood like imitation flooring. It is made up of three tier material wherein the top material look a lot like wood. It is easier to install as compared to traditional wood flooring and is much more affordable.
This type of flooring is quite hard to maintain and you should discuss it well with your contractor before deciding to install. It is not advised to be placed in a room with a lot of sunlight exposure as it can fade.
Installation can be a DIY project for you but if you want to ensure proper installation and want to avoid mistakes, call a contractor to help you.
Wood flooring is manufactured from real timber, it is environmentally friendly, durable and can be easily restored. This type of flooring is the most resilient among the choices and is preferred by people next to the engineered hardwood flooring. Its price range differ from the type of wood or timber used, the thickness of the plank and if there are intricate designs on it. Its maintenance is cost-effective, you don’t need any special cleaning material or chemical to clean wood flooring, sweep and mop are enough.
Although real wood may seem like the perfect choice for your conservatory but is has a quality that changes when exposed to extreme and frequent changes in temperature. It is not sound proof and is not water resistant as well. Water makes wood warp, shrink and split eventually.
Bamboo flooring is environment friendly, it is durable and hard wearing with long longevity. Bamboos are grown and manufactured in China, its manufacture and harvest is protected by the Chinese Department of Forestry. They protect bamboo forests in the country making sure that the harvesting is controlled and the bamboos are not taken for granted.
As compared to solid wood floors and laminate flooring, bamboo flooring is less likely to warp and shrink when exposed to different temperatures due to its great directional stability. The installation of bamboo flooring is similar to that of the solid wood.
When a bamboo undergoes treatment for manufacture, they are exposed to different levels of heat, the natural sugar that is contained within the bamboo reacts to the pressure of temperature changes making the color of the bamboo darker or lighter-thus there is a wide array of choices for the colors of bamboo. These colors are natural and not dyed.
Just like the solid wood flooring, bamboo also releases heat faster making your floor cold, that is why a under floor heating can be used.
Cushioned Vinyl Flooring
The other names for Cushioned Vinyl Flooring are ‘linoleum’, ‘lino’ or simply vinyl flooring. This type of material is inexpensive and rather very easy to install. It is usually manufactured with a single sheet with different sizes to shoose from for your floor. Installation can be a DIY project because all it needs is proper measurement details. Once the measurement details are made, the vinyl can be cut with a sharp cutter and placed over your sub-flooring. It is either taped or glued to the sub-flooring to prevent movement and pile up, or if exactly measured, it will remain in place without any glue.
There are hundreds of colors, designs, patterns and textures than a vinyl flooring can offer. That is why it can go well with any design or interiors in your conservatory. Not only that, you can also use vinyl flooring in other parts of the house to get a matching result. There are some vinyl flooring not suitable for constant sunlight exposure as they tend to fade at some point. Also, some vinyls have temperature limitations, to fully understand and make the right choice, you can call a manufacturer or you contractor.
Vinyl flooring are low maintenance and can be easily cleaned with soap and water. You can either brush or use a mop. However, lighter shades of this material can be easily stained but can be removed with either white spirit or ammonia solution. Vinyl flooring can also be easily replaced when the damage is already extensive.
This type of material for flooring is comfortable to the feet but it is susceptible to damage and indentations from furniture or any sharp object at that. It is not recommended to be placed on top of sub-flooring that are rough, or over any floor that has imperfections, these can damage and puncture the vinyl.
Glazed Ceramic Tiles
Glazed ceramic tiles are clay-based tile bank with coating and pigmentation. These pigmentation are the reason behind the numerous colors and designs for ceramic tiles. This can perfectly blend well with your conservatory.
It is usually installed over a hard and stable sub-flooring. When laid out over the floor, it can be arranged without separations of spaces in between but most prefer it installed with spaces. These spaces are filled in with grit and is usually the same color or almost similar to the ceramic tile. The grout also acts as the adhesive on the tiles.
Glazed ceramic tiles are more thicker than ones used for the walls, this makes the flooring more durable and tough. While these materials are durable, they are easy to cut and shape. There numerous instructions in the internet if you want to install glazed ceramic tiles by yourself, just make sure that the sub-floor is equally surfaced all over. If the sub-floor underneath the ceramic tiles is unstable, this might cause the grout to break and crumble and will eventually break your tiles. It is best installed by contractors so that they can assess is the sub-floor is compatible with the ceramic tile.
There are flooring tile treatments available in the market that can make the tiles less slippery without decreasing the aesthetics of the tile. Because of this characteristic, they are advisable for households who have kids.
Porcelain tiles are also made up of clay just like ceramic tiles, they are kiln-fired at extremely high temperature, this makes the tile very tough-even tougher than the ceramic tiles. Since it is more resilient and durable than ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles are much more expensive.
The installation and cutting of this type of flooring needs special skills and special tools unlike the ceramic tiles, that is why a contractor is called for this type of flooring installation. This is due to its low porosity and high durability characteristic.
Taking these points into thought, the majority of the knowledge concerning ceramic tiles applies to ceramic ware tiles in addition, significantly the requirement to contemplate under-floor heating.
Quarry tiles also came from clay that is kiln-fired at a temperature a little lower than that of the porcelain tile. These tiles are perfect for conservatories that are picky with the type of flooring. It is hard wearing and very durable, and with the numerous choices for colors, patterns and designs, one can never go wrong with this choice.
It is similar to porcelain tiles in terms of installation and cutting, special tools are needed also. They may only require a special type of adhesive due to their low absorption properties.
Terracotta tiles differ from the previously mentioned tiles above, although it is also made up of clay that is kiln-fired. The colors that these tiles have are more warm such as “earth colors”, mostly shades of browns and greens. These colors are advantageous because they will make your conservatory look luxurious but inviting and cozy. These type of tiles are perfect for conservatories used as lounge or used for welcoming and accommodating guests.
Traditionally, during the olden times, terracotta tiles are used for churches and monasteries, therefore a proof of its durability and resiliency. It is highly tested by time.
Terracotta tiles are weaker as compared to ceramic, porcelain and quarry tiles. They are softer and are prone to scratches easier. But do not let this discourage you from choosing this type of flooring because it has quite a reputaion in itselfwith regards to durability.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Engineered hardwood flooring is sometimes confused with a solid wood or timber flooring because of its appearance. The similarities end there, all other things with regards to these flooring are already different. Differences include the following: Engineered wood is frequently pre-finished with bevelled edges and is installed with an adhesive. Solid wood is usually site-finished in a flank format, it is thicker than engineered wood and is installed by nailing.
Engineered hardwood flooring is made up of two or more layers of high quality wood, these layers are formed into a plank. That top layer that is visible to the eye is called a lamella, it is directly placed over to a layer called the core and is typically a sawn piece of timber. This flooring is famous for its incredible stability, and that is obtained by placing a layer at a 90 degree angle to another layer. This type of stability and technique used is the reason why engineered hardwood flooring is the most preferred flooring all over the world, also, it can be placed over any sub-floor. This stability technique originated in Scandinavia around 50 years ago to solve the problem of warping and distortion of the solid wood flooring.
The most common type of timber used in the production of the lamella are oak, but beech, ash, maple, mahogany and teak are frequently used as well. Actually, any kind of timber used in solid flooring can also be used as the top layer of the hardwood; therefore making it easier for you to choose the best type that would fit well in your conservatory or in any part of your house for that matter. This type of flooring comes in a reasonable price, although the more expensive kind of timber is birch and spruce.
There are several categories for this type of flooring. There is the Veneer floor, which has a thin composite wood as a top layer. The acrylic impregnated wood flooring that has a thin top layer impregnated with liquid acrylic and then hardened by a process. And the most commonly used and most popular is the all timber woods floor which is made up of sawn wood; peeled veener, composite wood and plastic is not used in its manufacture.
The timber can be cut into three styles and these cuts define the appearance of the material. The three styles are: flat-sawn, quarter-sawn and rift-sawn.
Proper installation of hardwood is best done by contractors, there are different ways to install engineered hardwood and they know each by heart.
Maintenance of hardwood is low, it only needs regular sweeping and periodic mopping for stubborn grime and dirt. However, the flooring may require annual finishing of oil or laquer and needs to be sanded and resealed every 10 years to maintain its quality and appearance.
Regardless of the choice you make for your conservatory flooring, you should always consider your budget, your interiors and if you have kids. It should not only be the aesthetics that you are after but safety should be your priority. Installation of flooring are best made by contractors to ensure proper installation and will help you save money in the long run.