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What To Do After You’ve Ordered Your Flooring

Renovating your home is always an exciting time, but that’s not to say that it doesn’t come with its own set of challenges.

If you’ve just purchased flooring for the first time, you’ll be familiar with some of the difficulties associated with home improvements. Whether you couldn’t decide on the right style, spent hours looking for the best price, or debated which material is perfect for your home, you’re sure to have learned that the flooring market is hard to navigate.

Thankfully, the hard part is over. Now all you have to do is wait for your delivery to arrive.

If you’re feeling unsure about what to do next, don’t worry. There are a few simple steps you can take to make your project goes smoothly.

Here are our top tips to keep in mind when ordering from Luxury Flooring and Furnishings:

Don’t Book Your Fitter Until Your Flooring Arrives

Many homeowners make the mistake of booking their fitter the moment they’ve received their order confirmation.

Whilst this may seem like a good idea, it can actually prove counterintuitive.

If you’re familiar with our services, you’ll know that we do everything in our power to ensure a speedy delivery. We work with the best couriers available, and keep track of every order whilst they’re in progress.

But sometimes the unthinkable happens…

Problems with road traffic accidents, manufacturing defects, and even natural disasters can affect the time of your delivery. Sadly, these issues are completely out of our control.

We do our best to get your goods to you as quick as possible, but just in case we can’t, hold off on anything that could bump up the cost of your installation.

Additionally, it’s important to allow some flooring an acclimatisation period. If you want to know more about preparing your flooring for fitting, visit our dedicated blog post.

Arrange for Someone to Help Unload the Goods

At Luxury Flooring, we remain dedicated to being as helpful as possible.

The majority of our third-party couriers are more than happy to carry the goods into your home. However, due to insurance purposes, some may be inclined to leave your flooring outside the property.

If you cannot move the goods yourself, please arrange for someone to help lift them safely into the building. We would hate for you to be stuck on the day of your delivery!

For more information regarding our services, please read our terms and conditions. There you’ll find everything you need to know about kerbside delivery, and how you can make your day as easy as possible.

Sign for Any Damages

Whether your flooring is at our warehouse, in transit, or being loaded into your home, you can rest assured that our team of highly trained professionals will always take great care.

But we know that sometimes mistakes get made.

If ever we hear that our products have arrived damaged, we feel just as unhappy as you do. Because of this, we’ll always replace, repair, or refund your order.

However, for us to do this, there is one important step you’ll have to take…

Once you have checked your flooring for visible signs of harm, you must notify your courier, and formally sign your name to acknowledge the defect. If you do not, we cannot compensate for the mistake.

When this has been completed, get in touch with our customer service department, and we’ll do the hard work.

Remember Our 28 Day Returns Policy

When it comes to your home, we know how important it is to get things just right. That’s why we’re always prepared to make amendments to your order.

If you’re not happy with your flooring, we’ll entitle you to a returns period of 28 days. This is double the amount of time required by Consumer Contract Regulations, giving you extra freedom of choice.

The returns period begins when the goods arrive at your property, so don’t worry about any delays affecting our generous offer.

For full details about our returns policy, head over to our webpage. Here you’ll find information about returns forms, delivery costs, and refunds.

 

 

Sit Back and Relax

After all that hard work, you deserve a well-earned rest!

The only thing left for you to do is sit back and wait for the transformation of your home to take place.

Our team will make the arrangements, inspect the goods, and ensure you receive a high-quality product.

All you have to do is relax!

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The Benefits of Dark Wood Flooring

It’s no secret that we adore dark wood flooring. In previous blog posts, we’ve looked at how dark hues are set to stay in fashion, how they compare to lighter alternatives, and even how dark woods work in harmony with your interior décor.

But today we’re going back to basics.

There are a wide range of benefits that dark wood flooring has to offer, whether you’re looking for style, functionality, or something in between. Species such as walnut, dark oak, and acacia are guaranteed to elevate your interior space, bringing their unique characteristics to your home.

Still not convinced? We’re sure we can change your mind! Here are 3 reasons why we love dark wood flooring:

Hides Dirt and Damages

We all know that it’s important to keep your home clean and tidy. Unfortunately, life can be too busy for homeowners to keep up with their daily chores. Thankfully, dark wood flooring can help keep your home looking fresh.

The dark hues are great at hiding the build-up of dust and debris. This can save your countless hours of sweeping and vacuuming!

Additionally, the darker colouration masks scratches, stains, and scuffs too. This is great news for anyone who isn’t looking to make costly repairs any time soon.

Brings Proportion to Larger Spaces

We’ve all had that dream of extending our home, or finding more space for storage and living. The problem is, when homeowners are confronted with a large area, their interior décor can look sparse or empty. This makes the space look impersonal and cold, rather than comfortable or homely.

This, clearly, isn’t ideal. If you are having this issue, dark flooring can help bring proportion to your interior space. Because dark woods absorb more light than other colour variations, the room feels more enclosed, without becoming claustrophobic.

This works especially well with minimalist designs and interior décor. The muted tones help to bring continuity to the pieces within the room, improving the flow of the space.

Less Prone to Fading

When you’re paying huge costs for new flooring, you’ve got to feel certain that it’s built to last. With solid and engineered wood, you’re already guaranteed a long lifespan. However, the amount of natural light your boards are exposed to can drastically alter the appearance of the finish.

We’ve already discussed how dark wood flooring uses the absorption of light to its advantage. Here, it’s not different.

Lighter finishes are more prone to looking washed out over time, requiring sanding quicker than darker boards. Conversely, dark wood will actually fade less, giving you more value for money.

Featured Product

There’s no better way to show how outstanding dark wood flooring can be than with our American Black Engineered Lacquered Walnut Wood Flooring. As one of our most exclusive products, you’re sure to receive absolute perfection.

Each 150mm board demonstrates the unique flair of classic walnut in pristine detail. Add to this a subtle, yet stunning lacquer, and this product is the embodiment of sophistication.

With a plethora of streamlined grains and deep textures on every board, your interior décor will be completely uplifted.

Paired with the dark, indulgent tones of the wood, each board features a stylish micro-bevel, improving the authenticity and feel of the product.

Whether you’re looking to float, nail, or glue down this engineered flooring, you’re given complete freedom with the tongue and groove installation system. For added piece of mind, we also offer a 25-year warranty with every purchase, ensuring an unfaltering performance every single time.

Have Your Say

Do you love dark wood flooring as much as we do? Don’t forget to let us know in the comment section below!

Alternatively, find us at FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for the latest news, blog posts, and information from our team of dedicated flooring specialists!

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How to Achieve a Classic Look with Rustic Oak Flooring

With modern life getting busier all the time, it’s no surprise that property owners are seeking to turn their homes into a place of rest and relaxation. Whilst some are looking towards the de-cluttered aesthetic of modern minimalism, others are returning to a simpler, more traditional interior moment.

Whether you picture the pastoral English countryside, or the sublime French alps, the rustic appearance is one that’s never lost its elegance. There is something about it that naturally makes us feel more comfortable, more cosy, and ultimately, more at home. But what’s the easiest way to achieve this classic look?

Rustic oak flooring is without a doubt the place to start. The natural imperfections of the low-grade wood are a perfect foundation for the traditional aesthetic, whilst the timeless complexity of the solid oak species evokes a truly prototypical look and feel.

Want to create this iconic look for yourself? Here’s what you’ll need to look out for:

Dark Hues

Picture a country cottage, a humble homestead, or a luxury log cabin. What does each property have in common? Their predominant use of dark woods.

Many people worry that dark hues can make a home feel cold, especially in the brighter months. But the truth is, dark woods encourage warmth, especially when paired with a rustic grade of oak.

Dark rustic oak flooring has a distinctive ‘old world’ feel, creating a distance between your home and the contemporary landscape. This outstanding combination can take us back centuries, playing on our understanding of Renaissance, Restoration, and Enlightenment architecture.

 

Authentic Textures

As we’ve discussed in previous blog posts, texture plays a salient role in adding authenticity to a rustic aesthetic.

Modern manufacturing techniques utilise high precision, making many wood boards smooth to the touch. Whilst this is a great choice for those looking to create a high class, refined, and affluent look, it’s diametrically opposed to the more traditional appearance associated with wood flooring.

Aside from this, the heightened tactile sensations underfoot provide intrigue, and a sense of connection. The boards don’t feel clinical or sterile. Instead, they’re enticing, and intuitively seem like a more natural product.

 

Worn Feel

Alongside dark hues and authentic textures, rustic oak flooring offers a worn feel that perfectly encapsulates the sensibilities of the traditional homestead. The natural wear not only adds charm and charisma to each board, but also hints towards a visible history that’s rich with knots, cracks, and embellishments.

The rustic aesthetic tells a story. The home feels lived in, rather than impersonal.

With every distressed finish, tumbled edge, and perfectly placed saw cut, your flooring will be completely individualistic, shining underneath your other unique furnishings and bespoke pieces.

Featured Product

At Luxury Flooring and Furnishings, we pride ourselves on our eye for detail. We think that our Chocolate Hand Scraped Lacquered Solid European Oak Wood Flooring is not only stunning, but ideally recreates the classic, rustic aesthetic.

Each highly durable plank has been expertly selected by our trained professionals for its intricate textures and welcoming personality. The single strip plank style works in harmony with the subtle micro bevelled edge to create the prototypical look of traditional wood flooring.

The indulgent, chocolatey tones provide balance to a variety of interior palates, including muted pastels and modern neutrals. This is great news for those who are renovating on a budget!

As a gesture of our faith in this rustic oak flooring, each pack comes with a 25 year warranty, ensuring an unfaltering performance. As a result, you’ll always be able to enjoy the gently sculpted surface without fear of damages spoiling your floor.

A true classic.

Have Your Say

Do you love this classic look just as much as we do? Don’t forget to leave a comment below, and tell us about your own renovations and interior projects!

Remember to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram  for the latest news and discussions. We’re always finding new ways to improve our stock, so keep up to date!

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Kahrs Oak Flooring: Everything You Need to Know

It’s no secret that modern homeowners love solid and engineered wood flooring. In fact, sales of real wood have dominated our online store, making up over 1500 orders since January alone!

Consequently, we take extra care to stock the best species with the most attractive features, giving you unrivalled freedom of choice.

We’re proud to share our customer’s passion for all things wood flooring. That’s why we stock Kahrs products. With Kahrs, you’re guaranteed an excellent flooring solution that boasts durability, low maintenance, and a long lifespan.

Whilst each of their wood flooring products would prove an outstanding addition to your home, Kahr’s exclusive oak collection is a truly standout choice. With decorative grains, deep textures, and authentic warmth featuring heavily on each board, it’s no surprise that we’re so impressed.

Still unsure? Here’s everything you need to know about Kahrs oak flooring.

Kahrs' History

Kahrs started their journey in the heart of Nybro, a small rural town located deep in the Swedish forest. This gave the company access to a wealth of gorgeous oak, situated just next door to their dedicated production plant.

Since their conception in 1857, Kahrs have gone from strength to strength, putting their ethos of sustainability and excellence into the global marketplace. 160 years later, they are one of the oldest and most innovative manufacturers of engineered wood flooring in the world.

As suppliers of bespoke wood flooring to over 70 countries worldwide, you’re guaranteed to find Kahrs products in homes, offices, and hotels across the globe.

Alongside practicality and appearances, Kahrs promises innovation, pioneering new flooring technologies that have shaped the contemporary marketplace. You’ll always find something worth falling in love with.

 

Kahrs' Innovation

Timeless. Progressive. Attractive. These are just some of the words that come to mind when you think of Kahrs oak flooring. But in order to become one of Europe’s leading brands, Kahrs have had to adapt and develop.

The results have paved the way for modern flooring solutions.

In 1941, Kahrs were granted a patent for a new kind of real wood flooring. The new design was constructed from a multi-layer core, preventing warping and shrinkages common in traditional hardwood.

Today, this invention is still in place, becoming the foundation of the much-loved engineered board. As the creators of engineered wood, you can rest assured that Kahrs oak flooring is the cream of the crop.

Aside from the remarkable invention of engineered flooring, Kahrs have many other notable achievements. In 1958, Kahrs developed the first factory lacquered floor.

Prior to this, wood flooring had to be finished by hand once installed. This was laborious, costly, and time consuming. With Kahrs’ ingenious step forward, this was no longer the case.

Wood flooring could now be pre-finished, allowing you to enjoy your product quicker than ever.

Finally, Kahrs revolutionised the installation process with their glueless joint system. Introducing the new design in 1999, wood flooring was now quick and easy to install.

No longer did engineered boards need to be fixed directly to a subfloor. Instead, the flooring could be floated, saving time, effort, and materials.

Kahrs' Eco-Responsibility

Sustainability is at the core of every Kahrs operation. They’ve remained dedicated to ensuring low environmental impact since day one.

Still based in their homeland of Nybro, it’s easy to see why the company values eco-responsibility. Kahrs make sure to plant more tress than they harvest, leaving the Swedish forest undisturbed.

Alongside this, raw wood is utilised as efficiently as possible. If wood waste is not being reconstituted to create the multi-layer core, it’s being donated to local energy companies for sustainable use. This fuels over 6150 Swedish homes a year!

Kahrs have been respecting the environment long before it was common practice amongst other businesses. Their solvent free production is eco-friendly, gaining them a variety of awards. This includes FSC certification and EMAS approval.

Featured Product

You may be wondering why Kahrs oak flooring is our favourite of their collection. Whilst their other species are certainly breath-taking, their choice of oak embodies the very passion that has made the company so highly respected.

Bring a piece of Sweden home with Kahrs Domani Collection Oak Suolom Engineered Wood Flooring.

Each indulgent tone boasts equal parts warmth and character, perfect for a rustic home or country retreat. The dark grains are ideal for those who want to experience the true spirit of the Swedish forest.

With a variety of distressed grains on offer, this choice of Kahrs oak flooring replicates the complexities of the natural world with exacting precision. Add to this a 30-year guarantee, and your boards are sure to live as long as the tallest trees in Europe.

Alongside outstanding visual qualities, this product is highly functional, promising swift installation with Kahrs’ patented technology. It couldn’t be more simple.

Have Your Say

Do you love Kahrs as much as we do? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!

Alternatively, find us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for new content, discussions, and helpful information.

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Underfloor heating systems are becoming increasingly popular, and if you’re considering it then you’ll need to know exactly what flooring you should be using.  With that in mind, one of the questions we often get asked is “can I install underfloor heating under engineered wood flooring”?  This blog is designed to answer that very question.

The simple answer...

Simply put, the answer is yes, it’s perfectly possible to install underfloor heating underneath your new engineered wood floor. In fact, engineered hardwood flooring has been designed and manufactured in a particular way which gives each plank dimensional stability. This allows your floor to naturally expand and contract dependent on the temperature of the room, which is of course affected by underfloor heating. In comparison, solid wood flooring is not able to cope with the demands of an underfloor heating system, because the planks are considerably less stable when it comes to expansion and contraction caused by temperature fluctuations.

Choices to be made...

Before you make your choice of flooring from our wide range of engineered wood products, there are a number of elements you must consider.

Firstly, which type of underfloor heating system will you be using? There are two primary types of system to choose from, which are electric systems and water-based systems. Most frequently, electric systems use a method which incorporates a foil heater. This foil heater is an electric heating mat which offers quick installation beneath wood flooring and other floating floor types. Its foil-wrapped heating wires provides substantial thermal conductivity into the wooden flooring, allowing fast heat-up times, as well as efficient and consistent heat distribution.

In regards to water based systems, there are several options, including both panel and rail variations, however they will likely differ depending on the company who you have chosen to buy your system from.

Another aspect to consider is the temperature of the underfloor heating system. The vast majority of manufacturers such as Kahrs, and retailers such as ourselves, would always advise that the surface temperature of a floor must never be more than 27°C, which also applies to areas near to radiators and elements. Providing that you haven’t over-furnished, it would be reasonable to expect a temperature of 23°C across the entire area covered by the underfloor system. You should also ensure that the insulation is of high quality (such as our Sonic Gold underlay), that windows are double-glazed, and that your room and flooring is sealed to industry standards.  It should also go without saying that every precaution should be made to ensure that the temperature at the feeding of the hot water never exceeds the maximum level, and that installation instructions provided by the supplier of the heating system are followed correctly.

Thirdly, when you’ve purchased and installed underfloor heating, it is advisable to test the entire system before laying your floor – the last thing you want is to have to take up your new flooring because of a fault or leak! This could be an extremely costly mistake!  When testing, best practice is to heat the system gradually, starting at 1°C above the current room temperature, and turn it up by around 1°C each day until you reach the magic 27°C mark. Once you have done this, turn off the entire system for 48 to 72 hours before installing your flooring.

Finally, if you’re installing an underfloor heating system and engineered wood flooring, then we would always recommend that you seek a professional to undertake the project. This will minimise the risk of costly errors.

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Underfloor heating systems are becoming increasingly popular, and if you’re considering it then you’ll need to know exactly what flooring you should be using.  With that in mind, one of the questions we often get asked is “can I install underfloor heating under engineered wood flooring”?  This blog is designed to answer that very question.

The simple answer...

Simply put, the answer is yes, it’s perfectly possible to install underfloor heating underneath your new engineered wood floor. In fact, engineered hardwood flooring has been designed and manufactured in a particular way which gives each plank dimensional stability. This allows your floor to naturally expand and contract dependent on the temperature of the room, which is of course affected by underfloor heating. In comparison, solid wood flooring is not able to cope with the demands of an underfloor heating system, because the planks are considerably less stable when it comes to expansion and contraction caused by temperature fluctuations.

Choices to be made...

Before you make your choice of flooring from our wide range of engineered wood products, there are a number of elements you must consider.

Firstly, which type of underfloor heating system will you be using? There are two primary types of system to choose from, which are electric systems and water-based systems. Most frequently, electric systems use a method which incorporates a foil heater. This foil heater is an electric heating mat which offers quick installation beneath wood flooring and other floating floor types. Its foil-wrapped heating wires provides substantial thermal conductivity into the wooden flooring, allowing fast heat-up times, as well as efficient and consistent heat distribution.

In regards to water based systems, there are several options, including both panel and rail variations, however they will likely differ depending on the company who you have chosen to buy your system from.

Another aspect to consider is the temperature of the underfloor heating system. The vast majority of manufacturers such as Kahrs, and retailers such as ourselves, would always advise that the surface temperature of a floor must never be more than 27°C, which also applies to areas near to radiators and elements. Providing that you haven’t over-furnished, it would be reasonable to expect a temperature of 23°C across the entire area covered by the underfloor system. You should also ensure that the insulation is of high quality (such as our Sonic Gold underlay), that windows are double-glazed, and that your room and flooring is sealed to industry standards.  It should also go without saying that every precaution should be made to ensure that the temperature at the feeding of the hot water never exceeds the maximum level, and that installation instructions provided by the supplier of the heating system are followed correctly.

Thirdly, when you’ve purchased and installed underfloor heating, it is advisable to test the entire system before laying your floor – the last thing you want is to have to take up your new flooring because of a fault or leak! This could be an extremely costly mistake!  When testing, best practice is to heat the system gradually, starting at 1°C above the current room temperature, and turn it up by around 1°C each day until you reach the magic 27°C mark. Once you have done this, turn off the entire system for 48 to 72 hours before installing your flooring.

Finally, if you’re installing an underfloor heating system and engineered wood flooring, then we would always recommend that you seek a professional to undertake the project. This will minimise the risk of costly errors.

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Luxury Flooring Invest in New Wood Flooring Machinery 

Luxury Flooring and Furnishings has come a long way since our humble beginnings in 2013. From expanding our stock to growing our team, we’re always looking for new ways to deliver an excellent service, giving you the best choice of flooring possible.

Because of this, we’re happy to announce our latest endeavour into the next generation of wood flooring technology.

Following an increase in sales of solid and engineered wood flooring, Luxury Flooring has invested in a Roller Coater UV – LED Curing System, enabling us to enhance the production of bespoke oil and lacquer finished products.

After working closely alongside the specialists at Dalian Guosen Woodworking Machinery Co, our team of wood flooring experts purchased the highest quality UV lacquer showering equipment on the market. The Single Roller Coater and Rotary Wipe Machine was installed on site at the Luxury Flooring warehouse, serving as a well-deserved upgrade to our wood flooring operation.

"The new investment is an exciting step forward in the development of our company," stated Managing Director and Co-founder Cameron Christie. "With the new machinery, we’re readily equipped to meet customer orders, and provide the outstanding service that is expected from our brand."

The Process

The finishing process is quick, simple, and highly effective.

Solid and engineered wood boards enter the machine, undergoing an initial coating of oil or lacquer. The precise rollers cover the boards, allowing for an attractive finish.

The machine collects the overflow, reusing the finish on later batches. This prevents any oil and lacquer from going to waste.

During stage two, the boards enter the dual rotary wipe buffers, which carefully rubs the oil or lacquer into the board. Every grain is thoroughly coated to ensure that no areas are left unfinished.

For a deep, even finish, the boards undergo a secondary brushing. This evenly disperses the oil or lacquer, removing any excess. The brush pushes the remaining coating further into the grain, creating a smooth surface.

Finally, a UV lamp treats the wood with heat. This dries the board, and reinforces the finish against direct sunlight. Moreover, this also prevents fade, and encourages a long lifespan.

What This Means for Luxury Flooring and Furnishings

Our core principles have always centred around providing unrivalled flooring solutions that boasts high quality, great availability, and low costs.

As Luxury Flooring has grown, we’ve never lost sight of our goals, remaining dedicated to refining our operation and serving our customers.

With such a huge investment in new wood flooring technology, it’s clear to see that we’re continually meeting our key values. The new equipment is sure to help us go above and beyond our station, meeting our customer’s needs with exacting precision.

The rise in solid and engineered wood flooring is indicative of our company’s development, and more importantly, our customer’s satisfaction.

As a result, we’re more than happy to rise to this new challenge, looking towards improving our services every step of the way.

What This Means for Our Customers

Previously, our solid and engineered wood flooring has been hand-finished by one of our trained professionals. This required excessive labour and time commitment.

Warehouse Manager Les Winterburn gives his insight:

"Applying oil and lacquer takes a deft hand and incredible patience. Every board is coated 4 times, which costs us a lot of time before the product can be delivered. It’s not uncommon for us to wait almost 12 hours before the flooring is fully dried and ready for inspection."

"However, with the new machinery this isn't the case. The UV lamp drys the board instantly, improving the performance of the flooring in seconds."

"Consequently, this allows us to satisfy orders in record time, whilst providing a higher quality product."

"This means happier customers, reduced delays, and quicker installation!"

Featured Product

To demonstrate the unprecedented proficiency of our new Roller Coater UV – LED Curing System, we’ve selected one of our favourite wood flooring products to feature in this week’s blog.

Our Distressed Antique Golden Engineered Oak Wood Flooring has left our team breathless with its awe-inspiring textures and rich, authentic details.

After its treatment in our new machinery, this engineered product is something truly special. The oil works in harmony with the distressed grain, allowing for a rustic appearance that’s equal parts classic and contemporary.

The oil strengthens the wood from the inside, seeping into the grain. This reinforces every inch of the board, opposed to just the surface.

Additionally, the oil creates a matte appearance, retaining the wood’s natural character. This also prevents minor scuffs and scratches from becoming visible, encouraging endurance and longevity.

The finish also guarantees low maintenance, allowing for easy cleaning and localised sanding. No matter what lifestyle, decor, or interior design you love, this product is sure to improve the look and feel of your home.

Have Your Say

Want to get in touch, share your thoughts, or tell us about your latest flooring installation? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!

Alternatively, find us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for new content, discussions, and helpful information.

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Amtico vs Karndean: Which is Best For You

Luxury vinyl tiles are fast becoming a favourite choice of flooring.

In both residential and commercial settings alike, LVT promises unprecedented functionality, and a bespoke appearance to match. With low maintenance, easy installation, and cheap prices on offer, it’s easy to see why they’re so popular.

But there’s a lot of competition out there…

Leading LVT brands have been working tirelessly in recent years to deliver better solutions than their opponents. Consequently, it’s hard to know which brand is right for you.

Thankfully, we’re here to help. We’re putting two of our favourite brands to the test, helping you get the best choice.

Amtico vs Karndean.

Both manufacturers are pioneers in their field, delivering unrivalled vinyl flooring and exceptional customer services.

Let’s take a closer look…

PRICE COMPARISON

The first thing you’re going to consider when buying new vinyl flooring is the price.

Whether you’re working on a tight budget, or just looking the get the best value for money, the price of your LVT is going to play a definitive role in your decision making.

Karndean offer the cheapest luxury vinyl tiles of the two, with a starting price of £19.39m2. However, this is only marginally cheaper than Amtico’s budget selection at £24.24m2.

Both offer exceptional value for money, exhibiting almost identical specifications.

At the other end of the spectrum, the results are the same. Karndean’s most expensive range is still cheaper than Amtico’s. whilst you’re likely to get some additional features with Amtico’s £54.24 tiles, Karndean is a clear winner when it comes to cutting back the costs.

Luckily, our stock is the cheapest in the UK, so you’re guaranteed to get a great price no matter what you choose!

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

Eco-responsibility is at the heart of all modern LVT operations. With growing concerns surrounding the production of plastics, it’s important for leading LVT brands to take extra care, and look to reduce environmental impact.

Although Polyvinyl Chloride (the primary material in vinyl flooring) has gotten a lot of bad press over the years, it must be understood that not all PVC is built equally. This is most evident when comparing Amtico and Karndean tiles.

Amtico are winning the race in environmentally friendly flooring solutions. Their LVT collections have been certified for low chemical emissions, and are completely phthalate free.

Additionally, Amtico have been awarded a number of certificates for eco-responsibility, granting them further credibility. Alongside an A+ indoor air quality rating, each product is also BREEAM/BRE certified, and boasts a wide range of other environmental achievements.

Karndean have also been awarded certification in regards to the environment. Their entire range of vinyl flooring qualifies for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) points, and has been certified by SGS.

Unlike Amtico, however, Karndean tiles use more plasticizers during construction. This can measure up to 11.43% in each tile, increasing the amount of volatile organic compounds that are emitted.

Don’t worry, Karndean are still committed to ecological improvement. Both Amtico and Karndean work closely with government and industry regulations, reducing waste, chemicals, and carbon footprint.

DURABILITY

Durability is a hard category to measure

Naturally, the durability of a product varies from range to range, so make sure to check exactly what your home needs.

Both companies are close contenders in regards to wear resistance. Amtico’s Quantum Guard is one of the highest rated urethane coatings on the market, whilst Karndean’s K Guard + brings commercial level durability to the domestic setting.

Although, it’s close, Karndean wins the battle. K Guard + has been awarded the highest wear rating possible, demonstrating impeccable abrasion resistance.

On the other hand, Amtico have more to offer in terms of impact resilience. With wear layers ranging for o.3mm to 1mm in depth, you’re sure to receive versatility like no other. The 1mm wear layer towers above Karndean’s maximum of 0.7mm, making it perfect for the heaviest of residential footfall.

EASY INSTALLATION

This one’s easy!

Both Amtico and Karndean offer excellent installation options. Whether you’re a DIY enthusiast or a home improvements amateur, fitting is guaranteed to feel effortless.

Both companies’ luxury vinyl tiles can be installed with loose lay and click methods. This reduces labour, materials, and hassle, helping your renovation go as smoothly as possible.

Simple!

PRACTICALITY

Luxury vinyl tiles truly shine when it comes to practicality. Whether installed in bathrooms, conservatories, or above underfloor heating, you’re guaranteed a long lifespan, and unfaltering performance.

Amtico and Karndean LVT is no exception, proving 100% waterproof, and stable in heat and direct sunlight. Both are also easy to maintain, requiring only minimal cleaning and upkeep.

Alongside low maintenance, Amtico boasts high slip resistance with an average rating of R12. This is equally matched by Karndean’s 40+ score on the pendulum wet test.

Additionally, both offer heat and sound insulation. However, Amtico takes the lead with a 20dB acoustic rating. This ensures low noise pollution, and undisturbed comfort.

FEATURED PRODUCT

To conclude, both Amtico and Karndean have a lot to offer. Whether you’re looking for great value and durability, or eco-friendly practicality, you won’t be disappointed.

Although we adore Karndean LVT, this week’s featured product goes to Amtico’s stunning Signature Honed Limestone Natural Luxury Vinyl Flooring.

The subtle, yet captivating stone effect will feel at home in even the most affluent of abodes. Replicated with photorealistic precision, Amtico tiles are indistinguishable from the real thing.

With a 1mm wear layer and patented urethane coating, damages will always find it hard to surface.

Whether you live alone, with a partner, or as part of a family, Amtico Signature will elevate the look and feel of your home without compromising on practicality.

This is the true definition of domestic bliss.

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How to Maintain Your Laminate Flooring

There are plenty of reasons why laminate flooring is so popular amongst modern homeowners.

Since its creation in the late 1970’s, laminate has gone from strength to strength, promising attractive designs, high tolerance to foot fall, and minimal costs.

But there is one aspect of laminate flooring that stands apart from the rest: low maintenance.

No matter how many accidents you have around the house, laminate will always be quick and easy to clean. But if you want to retain the gorgeous appearance of your boards, there’s a few things worth bearing in mind.

Here’s our ultimate guide to maintaining your laminate flooring.

Equipment List

Before you get started, it’s best to get acquainted with the right tools and equipment.

Most of these are everyday items you’ll already have around the house, but just in case you don’t, here’s our quick list:

  • Sweeping Brush
  • Dust Pan and Brush
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Microfiber Mop
  • Dedicated Laminate Floor Cleaner
  • Bucket
  • Floor Cloth
  • Acetone

Alternatively, you can pick up one of our purpose-built laminate cleaning kits. This is guaranteed to give you the best results, no matter where your laminate is installed.

Now you’re all ready to get cleaning!

Sweeping and Vacuuming

With a wide range of activities happening daily in your home, it’s inevitable that your laminate flooring is going to get dirty.

Whilst laminate doesn’t harbour excessive dust and debris, it’s best to perform a daily sweep or vacuum. This will prevent your boards from becoming dulled or scratched.

Remember to use a soft brush or vacuum attachment. Hard bristles may scratch the laminate finish, causing it to lose its shine. Additionally, large debris, such as stones and grit, should be removed by hand, as using a brush will cause further abrasion.

Mopping

Laminate flooring is naturally water resistant. However, excessive moisture may damage your boards, causing movement or delamination.

Consequently, spills and splashes must be dried as soon as possible with a dry cloth or microfiber mop. This will keep your flooring safe from harm, and remove any sticky or greasy residue.

When removing large scale grime, use as little moisture as possible. Do not use a standard mop or steam cleaner on your laminate boards, as this will cause swelling.

Add the dedicated cleaner to your microfiber mop, following the manufacturer’s instructions. If you do not have any cleaner to hand, a solution of vinegar and water will bring the shine back to your boards. The recommended quantities are equal to 125ml vinegar to every 2 litres of water.

Do not use soap detergent, ammoniated, or chlorinated cleaning products.

Once the cleaning solution has been applied, mop along the grain. This will reduce the appearance of streaks.

Remember to dry your laminate quickly after cleaning. This will not only protect against warping and shrinkages, it will also ensure that your boards look great!

Heavy Duty Cleaning

Sometimes, more drastic action is required to clean your laminate flooring.

If you accidentally scuff your boards, don’t panic! Marks from furniture, shoes, and other foreign objects can be quickly and easily pacified.

Apply your cleaning solution to a dry cloth and rub the scuff marks firmly and thoroughly. For more stubborn marks, use acetone. This will safely restore your boards to their pristine condition.

For hard set grime, such as chewing gum or candle wax, a dry cloth won’t be effective.

Instead, use ice to harden the spot, and simply scrape off the board. Use a soft plastic scraper or credit card to prevent further scratches.

Finish by wiping clean with your microfiber mop or cloth.

All Fixed!

Removing Stains

Stains are a homeowner’s worst nightmare! Many people assume that if their flooring becomes stained, it’s almost irreparable.

Thankfully, this isn’t the case with laminate.

Laminate flooring is naturally stain resistant. But if you do manage to stain your boards, you can rest assured that it’s an easy fix.

If the stain has been caused by food or beverages, start by removing any surrounding debris. Do this as soon as the accident happens to minimise any damages.

As with scuff marks, thoroughly wipe the stain with a dry cloth, before cleaning thoroughly with your microfiber mop and cleaning solution.

For paint, oil, ink, or lipstick, you may need some extra help. Add a touch of acetone to your cloth, and wipe until the residue has been removed.

Simple!

Featured Product

We adore laminate flooring, and not just for its low maintenance.

Manufacturers have worked tirelessly in recent years to deliver creative designs and higher quality materials. With Nest Vienna Oak Laminate Flooring, this is no exception.

This bespoke laminate solution boasts hyper realistic detail, replicating the complex grains of oak with exacting precision. The whitewashed finish lends a contemporary twist to the traditional look, promising to remain in fashion for spring 2019.

Authenticity is heightened by the distinctive 4V groove, adding depth and texture to each board. This gives the planks individualistic definition, enhancing the look of the grain.

Measuring at 12mm in depth, this choice of Nest flooring is durable as well as attractive. Scratches and scuffs are easily pacified on the surface, allowing for an extended lifespan.

This truly is the next generation of laminate flooring!

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Square Edge vs Bevelled Edge

When it comes to buying new flooring, there’s a lot more to consider than just materials.

Whether you’re looking for solid and engineered woods, or laminate and LVT, there’s a wide array of characteristics that are unique to each product. Whilst some features are purely aesthetic, others offer functional benefits that tailor your flooring to a specific environment.

With so much to choose from, it can be difficult to know what’s best for your home, especially if you’re new to the world of flooring.

One of the most frequent queries we experience is regarding edge detail.

Many homeowners find it hard to differentiate between square and bevelled edges, getting confused with the two technical terms. Although their differences are quite simple, both types create drastically different results.

Because of this, it’s important to know the difference before you make your purchase.

If you’re unsure, don’t worry. We’re here to help!

The truth is, edge details are easy to recognise once you know what to look for. With our quick and easy guide to square and bevelled edges, you can choose your new flooring with confidence.

Square Edge

Square edge flooring is flawless in both look and feel.

Each board, tile, or plank is cut with exacting precision to create a perfectly perpendicular edge. This means that no grooves or indentations are visible once the flooring is installed.

Instead, the surface is smooth, streamlined, and the epitome of sophistication.

Square edge flooring is often the preferred choice in more affluent styles of home, delivering a pristine aesthetic underfoot.

Alongside their refined appearance, square edge floors are low maintenance and easy to clean.

This is because no dust, dirt, or debris can get caught in the joins between each board. As a result, this style of flooring is perfect for messier areas, such as kitchens.

However, there are some drawbacks to square edge flooring.

Due to the accuracy required during the manufacturing process, this style of edge detail is often more expensive. Additionally, any imperfections or damages made during installation will be noticeable once the flooring has been fitted.

Bevelled Edge

Bevelled edge flooring offers distinctive depth and texture underfoot.

Unlike square edges, the boards are not constructed to create a seamless surface. Instead, this style of flooring takes advantage of the natural joins for a more authentic look and feel.

Each edge is cut diagonally, creating a characteristic ‘V’ shape when placed next to an adjoining board.

The indentation separates each piece both physically and visually. Not only does this generate a range of tactile sensations with every step, it also allows for the unique details of your flooring to become more pronounced.

This is a highly popular style for wood flooring, as the addition of a bevel creates a naturalistic appearance.

Because the joins are emphasised by the bevel, the overall appearance of the flooring can be highly complex, and in some cases, very busy. Consequently, bevelled edge flooring is best suited to larger spaces and minimalist décor, bringing proportion and preventing emptiness.

Moreover, this style of flooring provides optimal results in areas where debris is less likely.

Unlike square edge flooring, bevels can trap dirt and grime, and consequently requires more intensive cleaning.

Micro Bevel vs Deep Bevel

Bevelled edges can vary in size.

Both options offer their own unique benefits, however, this is strictly down to personal preference.

Micro bevels are an excellent solution for those who are looking for refined elegance, but still want a touch of authenticity and texture.

A deeper bevel works especially well with wood style flooring. The emphasised grooves create a worn feel, lending warm character and a rustic aesthetic.

Naturally, smaller bevels will be less prone to trapping dust, dirt, and debris. It’s important to bear this in mind when purchasing your flooring. Always remember to tailor your choice to the environment you’re planning to renovate.

2V vs 4V Groove

Alongside variations in depth, bevelled edges also vary in frequency.

Bevelled flooring is available with both 2V and 4V edge detail. This refers to the number of bevels that are featured on the board, tile, or plank.

The 2V groove is defined by two bevels on the longest sides of the piece, whilst the header is cut with a square edge. This allows the ends of the piece to remain flush. The result is sleek and streamlined, accentuating straight lines throughout the room.

The 4V groove demonstrates a bevel around all 4 sides of the piece. This is the most common style of the two, and works especially well with tiles and LVT. It’s highly decorative, and helps each piece provide individualistic definition.

As noted above, make sure that the style you choose is suited to the right setting. 2V and 4V grooves exhibit different effects, so it’s best to give your selection some added consideration.

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