Time to think of new floor­ing for your pad

East Kilbride News - - PROPERTY - Lor­raine Howard

If you want to give any room in your home a brand new look then new floor­ing is one way to achieve that.

And gone are the days when car­pets were your only choice.

For 2017 trends for new types of floor­ing range from tiles to vinyl, re­claimed wood and even bam­boo. Bam­boo

This has been around for a long time, but what we are see­ing lately is an ex­plo­sion of colours and styles.

While tech­ni­cally a fast-grow­ing grass, bam­boo is as hard or harder than most hard­woods when dried.

Newer prod­ucts called strand-wo­ven bam­boo, a highly en­gi­neered prod­uct us­ing the in­ner fibers, are twice as hard as tra­di­tional bam­boo floor­ing.

Bam­boo is of­fered in wide-plank styles that mimic the look of clas­sic hard­woods.

As with all wood floor­ing, it’s best to keep bam­boo out of mois­ture­prone rooms like kitchens. Re­claimed wood

New fac­tory-fin­ished hard­wood floor­ing of­fers all the charm of re­claimed tim­ber right down to that time­less hand-hewn look but with­out the high costs as­so­ci­ated with true sal­vaged lum­ber.

Fac­tory-fin­ished wood will stand up to mois­ture fluc­tu­a­tions bet­ter than any wood floor­ing that is fin­ished on­site. Large tiles

Large for­mat tiles are tiles that come 12 inch by 24 inch and even 36 inch by 36 inch — as op­posed to the tried-andtrue 12 inch by 12 inch tiles. In ad­di­tion to look­ing great, larger sizes mean more tile sur­face and less grout lines to clean.

But be warned that large-for­mat tiles are heavy, re­quir­ing a per­fectly level sub­strate and a pro­fes­sional in­staller for the job to come out right. Cork Long gone are the days when cork was avail­able in any colour so long as it was blonde — to­day’s op­tions span the color pal­ette.

Thanks to new fac­tory finishes, cork is far more durable than it was just a few decades prior. But it is sus­cep­ti­ble to mois­ture dam­age and will fade when ex­posed to sun­light. Lux­ury vinyl

Lux­ury vinyl is a new cat­e­gory of floor­ing that com­bines the high-end look of hard­wood (or stone) with the dura­bil­ity of vinyl.

Its ap­peal is that it looks so re­al­is­tic.

And be­cause it stands up to mois­ture, wood-look vinyl is a nat­u­ral fit in kitchens, bath­rooms and laun­dry rooms.

To­day’s vinyl does share one com­mon trait with that old peel-and-stick stuff: It is still a joy to walk on. Lam­i­nate floor­ing

Lam­i­nate floor­ing isn’t as fash­ion­able as it once was. If you want the real thing, other types of wooden floor­ing are now as easy to fit as lam­i­nate and can be rea­son­ably priced. Boards that sim­ply click and fit to­gether are widely avail­able.

NEW FLOOR­ING Is the way to give your room a fan­tas­tic new mod­ern look

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