Types of floor coverings


There are an amazing number of choices available when it comes to flooring surfaces for your home - and each has its own advantages and disadvantages in different climates and areas. Read on to find out more about the kinds of floor surfaces you can use in your house, and what kinds of properties they offer.

Floor tiles

Tiles are available in all manner of sizes, shapes and patterns, and are ideal for use in areas that require waterproofing.

Wooden floorboards

Floorboards create a warm, classic look, while at the same time offering both strength and rigidity.

Carpet and underlay

Carpet can add colour and warmth to your home, as well as a comfortable, forgiving surface on which to walk.

Parquetry floors

Parquetry involves patterns and designs made from pieces of wood, and can help to give a classy, ornate look to your floor.

Vinyl and linoleum

Linoleum (or lino for short) is a popular floor covering, thanks mostly to its excellent durability and affordable cost.

Floating floor

Floating floor offers a nice wood-like veneer for your floors without the cost or permanence of timber floorboards.

Special floor finishes

Depending on your purposes, there are many other types of special finishes available with which to cover your floors.

A polished concrete floor

Polished concrete floors

Polished concrete floors provide a smooth, high sheen finish that stands among the toughest wearing floors available.

Bamboo floors

Bamboo offers a low-cost and sustainable alternative to hardwood timber floors. Learn more about how bamboo floors are made, and how they rate in terms of durability and longevity.