Once you’ve laid the base for your floor, the next step is to choose how you’re going to finish it. This can be an exciting time, especially for the budding interior designers amongst us, but it still requires careful thought to ensure we don’t compromise the quality, integrity or longevity of the floor itself. In this article, EasyMix are going to look at the most popular choices for flooring on a concrete base.
Whether you’re a fan of hardwood flooring or you’re partial to an engineered wood finish, there’s no denying the quality that wooden flooring can bring to a property. The two types of wooden flooring offer their own benefits: engineered wood is cheaper and easier to install, but there is a certain aesthetic quality possessed by hardwood flooring that is unmatched by other surfaces.
Laminate is another type of flooring that offers ease of installation as a key selling point. Laminate flooring comes in two forms: tongue-and-groove and snap-together. These two types of flooring are installed as ‘floating’ floors; they’re not actually attached to the sub-base. They can be placed directly onto the subfloor, though, if said subfloor is always going to be dry.
Vinyl tiles offer a beautiful looking surface with an easy application process. These tiles can be laid directly onto a smooth, even and dry concrete surface, and as it’s a pre-cushioned material, there’s no need for underlay. Vinyl flooring also comes in a wide range of colours and styles, so there’s something to suit every taste. The material is susceptible to damage from sharp objects, however, and its colour can fade with prolonged exposure to sunlight or extreme temperatures.
Ceramic tiling provides a classy look and a durable, reliable surface. If installed properly, ceramic tiling can last for decades without damage, and there’s countless varieties of finish available to suit your interior design requirements. However, the installation of ceramic tiles is time-consuming, and unglazed tiling and grouting will need to be sealed in order to keep it in full, safe working order.
Underfloor heating is a hidden luxury that can benefit any room, particularly kitchens and bathrooms, where cold tiling is often used for floors. If you opt for underfloor heating, ensure that you have expert assistance on hand before doing so. EasyMix provide specialist underfloor heating screed that eliminates gaps that can otherwise form around the heating’s pipework, ensure an even and consistent spread of heat – no risk of cold spots on the floor.
There are several different flooring options available to you after you’ve installed a concrete base. The option you choose depends, of course, on your tastes, your budgets and what the primary use of that floor may be. Before you install your floor, though, there’s a concrete base to consider. EasyMix are proud to provide the highest quality concrete for customers throughout London, offering same and next day delivery of any quantity of concrete for any application. If you’d like to know more, please get in touch with us today.