Property investment is still a popular business venture for many, but making the best decisions for the decor of a property can be tough. Here are a few points to consider when choosing the best possible flooring for your rental property.
• What kind of tenants are you expecting? For student digs and low cost rentals, solid oak floors probably aren’t the best investment simply because they’re likely to be under-appreciated and not cared for very well (we’ve all been students!) That said, solid wood flooring is exceptionally durable and hardy.
• You need to think about hypoallergenic flooring if you want to cover all bases. Carpets are strongly advised against by medical professionals and flooring experts. Carpets harbour dust that can be easily agitated, setting off allergies and asthma. Smooth floors that can be vacuumed, swept and cleaned with a damp mop are ideal.
• Cleanliness is a huge part of rental properties. Carpets typically harbour grime and bacteria. Smooth flooring like laminate and engineered floors offer exceptional easy-to-clean characteristics. But it’s not just about landlords knowing their property is easy to clean when tenants leave, it’s about making life as simple and effortlessly stylish as possible for tenants.
• Comfort is a huge part of why people choose to rent a particular property. Wood flooring is wonderfully chic, but it’s also gloriously natural and comforting to walk on. Our ranges of wood floors fit into every style, every life and every budget.
Back in late 2011 it was reported that the housing slump was affecting every aspect of interior design, from parquet flooring to bathroom sinks! But despite some company’s profits falling by up to 7%, we believe people are more determined than ever to make the most of their current homes. According to our research experts, many people are choosing to put their hard earned cash towards sensible renovations that improve current quality of life AND potentially will help the property sell in the future. And what places high on that list of renovations? Top quality flooring.
For most of our private clients, the choice comes down to two things – budget and style. Take the example of oak flooring. It’s not always possible to fulfil the dream of a full house of unfinished oak flooring to be lovingly finished in line with current style wishes. But there are plenty of other options, e.g. engineered oak flooring.
Although one of the benefits of solid wood flooring is its fantastic durability, engineered flooring can yield exceptional results in terms of investment. Solid wood flooring is famed for its multiple refinishing quality, but most flooring experts agree that, depending on the layer thickness, an engineered wood floor can be refinished between one and three times.
For those dead set on natural hardwood flooring, the style and durability aspects are second to none. In terms of future investment, hardwood flooring certainly ticks the boxes of “Great for Now” and “Great Selling Point Later”
According to the HFN (Healthy Flooring Network), carpet is one of the least healthy flooring options for the home and business environment. A 2011 report cited carpet as being particularly unhealthy for babies and young children due to the retentive quality of most carpets. Carpets typically harbour dust, dust mites and bacteria, toxins and pollutants that can both trigger allergies and asthma, and sensitise young children and babies to them, potentially causing the development of asthma and allergies in later life.
Of course, these findings are all subjective to the individuals involved. If carpet were a serious health risk to everyone, we’d all be sniffling, sneezing asthmatic adults. But the HFN report should, as least, help a few individuals who are worried about their flooring choices.
We’re wood flooring experts, and our take on the HFN report (backed up by their own conclusions) is that smooth flooring is the best option when it comes to reducing the plight of allergy sufferers etc in the home or office.
Both engineered and solid wood flooring are exceptionally durable and allergy-friendly. Unfinished wood flooring solutions can typically be treated to combat particular mould, bacteria etc. using solvent-free, low toxicity products. Daily sweeping and occasional cleaning with a dry cloth can prevent the build-up of dust.
Laminate flooring can be cleaned with a mop and bucket – ideal when agitating dust is a concern. We carry exceptional discount laminate flooring from top brands like Pergo and Quickstep.
Property experts frequently discuss the potential savings, tricks and renovations that could boost property value. But as one says a conservatory could add value, another often chimes in to contend the claim. Here are a few tips our experts have picked up over the past few months in relation to the current housing market.
• More people than ever are looking for the finished product. That means a property they have to do very little to in order to be happy with it. Essentially, this means you can ask a little more for your property (or not be forced into a reduction) by creating a solid base of great fixtures, fittings and decor, e.g. a white bathroom, freshly painted kitchen cabinets, quality flooring etc. If solid oak floors are a little out of your budget, go for something classic and simple like engineered oak flooring instead.
• For many buyers, it’s quality that matters. Expertly fitted engineered wood floors could actually trump old, badly installed solid wood flooring simply because buyers won’t need to worry about future maintenance.
• If you live in a unique house, play to the strengths of the decor. For example, a quaint English cottage in a rural village almost always suits some period-inspired features. Who are your target markets? Retired couples? Young, single professionals? Families moving up the property ladder? All estate agents agree that playing to the strengths of the property can be monumentally beneficial.
We’re experts when it comes to domestic and commercial laminate flooring and solid wood. But where would we be without the exceptional talent of our featured brands?
The Boen brand is synonymous with two things – high standards and ethical product development. Boen wood flooring is always developed with waste management and environmental futures in mind. All Boen products are created under guidelines with The Forestry Commission and Boen’s own strict quality and environmental control standards. We’re happy to carry the exceptional label of Boen in our store.
Parquet flooring is, in our opinion, one of the most elegant flooring choices. The Tarkett brand is 125-years-old, which we think is ample time to establish an exceptionally motivated luxury flooring brand. Never one to shy away from modern development, Tarkett also manufactures one of our top engineered floor recommendations for the busy household – the Salsa 3-Strip Ultraloc.
The parent company of laminate floors, Pergo have never left the forefront of laminate floor product development. Always of the highest quality and always ahead of the game, Pergo boasts some of the most innovative laminate flooring solutions on the market.
We stock a huge range of products from Quickstep. Although only 40-years-old (a relative youngster in the flooring world) Quickstep has fast become a household name thanks to superb product quality, diverse flooring solutions and a well-deserved global reputation for budget-friendly excellence.
Choosing the right flooring is about finding solutions that work with your lifestyle. After all, it’s potentially going to last a lifetime!
Hardwood flooring is one of the most popular flooring choices in the U.K. We answer questions every day from discerning buyers, so here are some of the most common.
1. What’s the difference between solid wood flooring and engineered floors?
Hardwood flooring is made using 100% solid wood. It typically ages over time, can shrink or expand a little (in response to temperature and environment) and can typically be refinished multiple times by the owner. Engineered flooring is made using a layer of solid wood set onto several synthetic layers. It’s usually cheaper than solid wood but often more suited to humid environments. In terms of quality, we believe the best flooring is that which meets your needs.
2. What kind of differences are there between types of hardwood floor?
We carry several ranges of hardwood floor, and for the most part the differences are cosmetic and more a matter of style than characteristics.
3. How long do hardwood floors last?
There are numerous environmental and use variables that can affect the life of a hardwood floor. Most of them are a matter of common sense, e.g. a floor in a little used formal dining room will last longer than the kitchen floor of a bustling household. Our flooring carries exceptionally long guarantees because we believe a well maintained floor can last a lifetime.
4. What kind of care do solid wood floors require?
Simple sweeping and occasional cleaning with a dry cloth is all you need on a regular basis. Consider placing rugs over spots vulnerable to heavy foot traffic.