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 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.

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.


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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