Five flooring options for your extension

flooring options for your extension

If you are having an extension built, then what you plan on using the extra space for will influence the kind of flooring you choose. Whether you are building a kitchen, dining room, living room or all three in one open plan setting, here are some flooring ideas to get you inspired.

Underfloor heating

Underfloor heating is becoming more popular in the UK. Not only does it make your feet feel all warm and toasty, but it’s an efficient way to heat your home. Underfloor heating is also highly versatile and can lie underneath a number of different types of flooring such as stone, ceramic, terracotta, timber, some laminates and even carpet.

Wood and laminate flooring

Wooden flooring or laminate is one the most versatile flooring materials there is. It brings a warm and natural feel to any setting. There are four different types of timber flooring; solid wood, reclaimed timber, multi-layered or engineered wood and laminate flooring. Solid wood and reclaimed timber is the hardest wearing and can be sanded down every five to seven years. Good quality, multi-layered or engineered wood should be able to withstand a sanding or two if it gets damaged, but if laminate flooring is scratched, chipped or damaged in any way, it will have to be replaced. If choosing laminate flooring, then pick out high-quality boards that are scratch resistant.

Tiles

Tiles are ideal for kitchen extensions and for anyone wishing to use their extra space to create an indoor/outdoor area. Tiles come in many forms such as natural stone, terracotta and ceramic. They are practical and hard wearing but they are also beautiful and can be full of texture. If you are creating one large open plan living space, then using tiles can be a great way to define space.

flooring options for your extension

Polished Concrete

When you think of concrete, flooring probably does not pop to mind. However, for those who want to add a contemporary edge to their extension design and something that is hard wearing, polished concrete flooring can be a great option. Coming in many colours and textures, concrete flooring can be used with underfloor heating. Other benefits include: that it improves with age, will not harbour dust mites and produces a neutral backdrop for interior design.

Carpet

Several newspapers and magazines have declared that carpets are back! Even property queen, Sarah Beany, is recommending house sellers to carpet their homes. One of the reasons leading to this trend is the rising cost of fuel – carpets are of course warmer under foot. If you do choose a carpet for your extension, make sure it’s hard wearing and there is a suitable door mat at the entrance.

If you would like to create more space for you and your family with an extension then contact Simply Extend for a Free Site Survey!

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A guide to underfloor heating

 

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Underfloor heating is a great way to add warmth to your new London home extension without radiators using up valuable wall and floor space. But which type to choose for your project? At Simply Extend, we’ve put together a quick guide to what you need to know about underfloor heating.

There are two main types of underfloor heating system. The most common is wet underfloor heating. This uses your boiler to warm up water and then pumps heat through tubes installed under the floor – much like a standard gas central heating system, but without the need for radiators. Although more expensive to install, it is generally cheaper to run in the long term.

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The other option is electric underfloor heating. This uses electricity to produce heat under your floor and, as such is more costly to run – although it is cheaper at the point of installation.

The main thing to note with any type of underfloor heating is that you should be careful with real wood flooring. If it’s not acclimatised to the heat then the wood may bow and warp. This is one of the reasons why tiles tend to be a popular choice in kitchen extensions when underfloor heating is being used. If, however, you do want the look of wooden flooring – try engineered wood as this will not warp and does not need time to acclimatise.

Contact the team at Simply Extend today to discuss your London home extension project – we can guide you through every aspect including your heating choices.

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Stylish Kitchen Flooring Options

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If you’re getting a brand new kitchen extension in your London home, flooring is one of the things you need to think about early on as it’s so integral to the room. But with so many choices out there, choosing can be a bit of a minefield.

To help, we’ve put together a handy guide that breaks down all of the different types of kitchen flooring and their benefits.

Tiles

Floor tiles certainly have the benefit of being practical – you can simply wipe up any spills. They also come in a huge range of styles and colours so you can co-ordinate them with your dream kitchen, whether classic or contemporary.

Concrete

Great for contemporary kitchens, concrete is a versatile option that can be poured directly onto the existing flooring. It’s low maintenance and can come in a variety of colours. It can even be laid indoors and outdoors if you want to create that joined-up feeling.

Resin

Resin floors are comfortable underfoot thanks to a soft finish. What makes them particularly good for kitchens is the material’s hygienic properties.

Simply Extend kitchen extension flooring LondonEngineered wood

Cheaper and more resilient than solid wood – which can warp in the kitchen due to heat and moisture sensitivity – engineered wood gives a traditional wooden flooring look without the hefty price tag. It even comes in a range of widths and finishes.

Laminate

Laminate flooring can suit all budgets and good quality laminate is easily durable enough for a high-traffic area like the kitchen. It comes in a range of finishes, including wood and stone effect, and it often has antimicrobial and antistatic properties, making it ideal for kitchen use.

Bamboo

If being eco-friendly is a must, bamboo flooring is a great choice. It’s super durable and can be stained and sealed for the finish you want. Much more environmentally friendly than wood, it releases up to 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than trees do and, because it grows so fast, it can be harvested multiple times in a year.

Cork

Cork flooring is another eco-friendly option and is available in a range of colours, finishes and designs. It’s naturally antibacterial so it’s perfect for households with allergy sufferers, and its airiness means it’s comfy underfoot.

Simply Extend kitchen extension flooring LondonVinyl

If you want the look of wood or stone, but don’t have the time to maintain it, vinyl flooring is a strong contender. It has the benefit of being warmer and quieter underfoot than natural materials too.

Linoleum

Linoleum – or lino – flooring is ideal for kitchen spaces as its natural, sustainable materials are antibacterial and won’t harbour dust mites. This, of course, makes it great for allergy sufferers as well. Like vinyl, it’s warm and comfy underfoot.

Rubber

Often used in commercial buildings, rubber is extremely resilient yet is super comfortable to the touch. It comes in a massive range of textures and colours and is easy to maintain.

Speak to Simply Extend on 0800 917 7571 to discuss your plans for your London kitchen extension, and we can help you decide on the perfect finish. You can even take a look at our case studies to get some ideas.

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