Wool or synthetic Carpet?
Once our client has identified which area they request a carpet for our experienced sales team will suggest the ideal product. For high traffic areas an 80% wool 20% synthetic or a 100% wool product will maintain its body longer than a synthetic product. As 100% wool products will naturally pill, an 80/20 will be easier to live with on a daily basis eg less hovering!
For areas that are prone to spillages, a synthetic bleach cleanable product maybe more user friendly. Synthetic products are now manufactured with stain safe technology which is the modern day equivalent of scotch guarding. Ideally suited for kid’s bedrooms and playrooms but are also quite popular in any area of a home.
Underlay or Feltback?
Underlay is designed to give carpets extra protection in regards to wear and tear. We use a high density foam underlay as standard no matter which area of a property we are installing a new carpet. Not only will your product last longer but it will also feel better under foot and in older properties it will benefit heat loss.
Feltback carpets are carpets that have a built in underlay super imposed on to their backing. These types of carpet can be laid directly to the floor which can be more cost effective but generally we would recommend an additional underlay in high traffic areas.
Vinyl or laminate?
Vinyl flooring has now become far more realistic and is a quicker installation process as it comes in sheet format. For domestic purposes it is generally loose laid so if you decide to change the product in a few years time it is quite easy to remove. Ideally manufactured for kitchens and bathrooms, vinyl flooring is a breathable membrane that won’t warp if water gets underneath it.
Which thickness of laminate?
Our laminates start from 7mm up to a maximum of 12mm. Generally, the thicker the board the more robust the click and groove system is if the subfloor is any way uneven. We use a 5mm acoustic underlay as standard underneath all of our laminate products which will absorb any subtle differences in your subfloor but if there is a question mark over levels then we would generally advise a thicker board.