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What's the Best Type of Flooring for a Conservatory?
There are plenty of design choices to be made when it comes to creating your dream conservatory. The flooring you pick can have a big impact not only on the aesthetics of your conservatory but also how comfortable it is for daily use.
We took a look at the considerations you might want to make and what’s the best flooring for a conservatory you could opt for.
Which is the best type of flooring for conservatories?
There are pros and cons to each kind of flooring you can choose for your conservatory so you should consider what you will be using it for, the kind of footfall it might see and what kind of price you are willing to pay. If you have decided to install underfloor heating it’s important to make sure you choose a floor type that will work well with this.
Conservatory floor tiles
One of the most aesthetically pleasing options, tiles come in a range of colours, materials and styles. They are hard wearing and easy to clean – making them perfect for a conservatory that is likely to get walked through from the garden or used by pets. The major downside to floor tiles for a conservatory is how cold they can become in the winter months – this shouldn’t be a problem however if you are planning to have underfloor heating installed.
If you are thinking of using your conservatory as a playroom it may not be the best option, or you may want to lay a rug over the top to provide a less hard surface, in case of any falls.
Wood or laminate
When considering your conservatory flooring options, laminate could be a good option. Whilst real wood can look stunning and not feel as cold to the touch as tiles, the factor of cost can be a big drawback.
You would also need to heavily consider any issues you may have with the wood expanding and contracting due to temperature and moisture fluctuations you might see in a conservatory. Laminate is a cheaper alternative to natural wood flooring and is a popular conservatory floor choice in the UK.
If you do opt for laminate, make sure to take the same considerations over warping and expansion as you would for traditional wood.
Benefits of real wood and wood effect
With genuine hardwood floors, not only do they completely change the appearance of a room but they will also mature with age. Another benefit of wood flooring is it is easy to clean and to keep clean in comparison to carpets. They are also very easy to refurbish using just a sander and some re-sealing.
Laminate flooring is becoming more and more popular, not least because but the price for laminate material is much lower than real timber flooring and it is much easier to clean in comparison.
Vinyl is a popular choice thanks to how easy it is to fit and keep clean. It’s a great alternative to tiles as it will feel less cold during the winter months but can provide a similar look. The biggest drawback with vinyl however is how easily it can be damaged.
It can be easily dented, so if you do opt for it take extra consideration for how furniture could indent your flooring. If you choose a darker vinyl you should also expect the possibility of the colour fading due to exposure to so much sunlight.
The biggest benefits of using carpet for your conservatory floor are the warmth it can provide and the low cost in comparison to other options. It’s also a great choice if you plan on letting children play in your conservatory as it will cushion any falls. The biggest downside is the discolouration it can experience. This can stem from wear, especially if your conservatory will see a lot of foot traffic to and from the garden or if you have pets likely to tread dirt through.
It can also be discoloured by the sun – a big problem in a room made primarily from glass.
Conservatory flooring insulation
One of the best ways to keep your new conservatory warm in the winter months is to have the floor insulated. This is done by fitting an insulation board material that reduces the amount of heat lost through the floor. It can work well alongside underfloor heating, or be installed on its own.
If you are considering insulating the floor of your conservatory, you should speak to your installer before the project begins, as it is best done during construction.
If you have an existing conservatory, you can have floor insulation installed however this can be a costly renovation.
Other considerations for your conservatory
There are many considerations to take in when looking for conservatory flooring. One such consideration should be knowing whether your conservatory is a sun trap.
The amount of sun your conservatory gets could affect your flooring choice. Floors can be bleached by sunlight the same way most things can. When your flooring is exposed to excessive amounts of UV, this could affect the colour of your floor. There isn’t much you can do about it with most floor types, however, there are some choices that will have minimal effect. Solid wood flooring often comes with UV protection depending on its finish as well as a UV lacquered floor, which will have strong resistance against sun damage.
How much does conservatory flooring cost?
This will ultimately come down to 2 factors:
- the size of your conservatory
- the type of flooring you choose
Flooring tick list
There are various factors which can potentially influence your choices. When it comes to the choice of material, ideally you want your flooring to tick the following boxes:
- It needs to look good
- Be hard wearing
- Compliment your room’s existing furniture
- Be comfortable to walk on
- Be suited to the room type
- And ideally be easy to maintain
Carpet tends to come in at the lower end of the price scale, but will likely need to be replaced on a regular basis due to wear. Other options like tiles or wooden flooring are often pricier but may last longer.
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