Comparing Different Flooring Types

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Changing your floor can be a great way to revamp your home without spending a fortune, but it is not an easy task in knowing what floor to go for. So, we have developed this guide to help you understand whether Carpet, Laminate or Vinyl is the best floor for you. If you are searching for flooring in Tonbridge, then continue reading this blog, or get in touch today!

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Comparing Carpet, LVT and Laminate Flooring


Carpets and Durability

You know what you get with carpet, it has been a solid staple for years and is often installed by our flooring experts in Tonbridge. Carpet’s durability majorly varies depending on the material that is used. Whilst many people may believe it is not a durable flooring option, that is not necessarily the case. When it comes to durability, nylon is usually the best option as it is the most resilient to foot traffic and general wear and tear. Polyester carpets are a close second, with olefin closely behind. However, all three of these materials can last for many years with adequate care. Polyester and wool are stain resistant, however as wool is a natural fibre, rather than a synthetic one, it does usually cost more.

As a general rule of thumb, the softer the carpet, and the higher the loop pile, the less durable a carpet will be. With all this taken into consideration, it is important to understand that caring for your carpet will enable it to last for years. As with any floor, a little TLC can go a long way.


Laminate and Durability

Laminate flooring is known for its durability and our flooring experts in Tonbridge rave about it. It is particularly hard-wearing and resistant to stains, scratches, chips, and liquids. Additionally, laminate is often UV-resistant, which allows it to retain its stunning appearance for years, regardless of how much sunlight it receives. Unlike carpets, laminate does not require as much effort when cleaning, a simple mop or vacuum will often do the trick, allowing you to spend less time on cleaning! Whilst it may not be as comfortable underfoot, laminate certainly redeems itself with its durability and its versatility, but we’ll get into that later!


Vinyl and Durability

Our flooring experts in Tonbridge love vinyl. Vinyl is a popular option because it is durable and affordable. A decent vinyl floor should last a good few years, making it a good investment for your home. If you really want to guarantee quality, opt for Luxury Vinyl Tiling (LVT). LVT is a thicker material and is often more durable than standard vinyl, allowing it to retain its fabulous look for an even longer period of time. However, given the “luxury” aspect of the tiling, you are of course paying for quality. Either way, you can rest assured that vinyl is particularly durable without breaking the bank!


Style and Appearance

Carpet Stylings

You know what you get with a carpet. Carpets are a great way to introduce warmth and comfort into any room, particularly a bedroom or living room. A light coloured carpet can create the illusion of space in smaller rooms, making it feel less cramped. Alternatively, darker colours can bring a cosy and warmer atmosphere to your room. Additionally, you can make a statement with your carpet. Vibrant colours can be complemented well with neutral tones in the walls and furniture to make your carpet the centrepiece of a room. You must obviously be careful not to overdo it, but vibrant carpets can really revamp your space!


Laminate Stylings

Laminate can be the perfect substitute to real wood flooring. With its many designs mimicking the appearance of wood, you can really introduce a stylish look through laminate. Many laminate floors can come with a ‘distressed’ wood appearance. This can help you bring a rustic vibe to your home, which is a very popular trend for 2022. Additionally, as the size and orientation of laminate planks can be customised, you can begin to create textured and interesting designs on your floor. This can help you in creating a larger feeling room and add a bit of character to a kitchen or hallway that may otherwise be a bit bland. Yes, laminate’s faux wood appearance obviously isn’t the same as real hard-wood. However, if you are looking for a combination of affordability, durability and style, then laminate could just be the perfect floor for you.


Vinyl Styling

Much like laminate, vinyl floors can mimic the appearance of expensive wood or ceramic tiles. Vinyl flooring is a great option for people who are looking for a flooring solution that is affordable and stylish. Standard vinyl can do a solid job at mimicking stone or ceramic flooring, and there are many, many designs patterns and colours available, including those that look like wood. However, once again, you must be cautious as it will not look exactly like the real thing. Vinyl’s smooth finish does somewhat remove the feel of wood or ceramic as “cracks” and textures are not the same as what you get in the real thing. However, it is undeniably an excellent substitute.


LVT is more convincing in replicating the real look of a hard wood floor. Again, it is not quite the real thing, but its raised cost does bring a more authentic appearance. Regardless of what type of vinyl you select, you can be certain that you will have plenty of options! Vinyl flooring is particularly customisable and can be designed to suit any room in any home! Whether its sleek and comfortable look for a kitchen or dining room, or something a bit more modern for a bathroom, vinyl can cater for it. This flooring type really allows you to express yourself without spending arm and limb on authentic ceramic tiles or wooden planks.



Regardless of the floor you choose, we recommend having it installed by a flooring professional. Whilst laminate’s “Click-flooring” can be easy to install if you know what you’re doing, you need to be certain that it is done safely and correctly to ensure it remains in place for a long time. Carpets will definitely require a flooring professional, there are many processes involved to ensure that your carpet is solidly in place and is not going to shift underfoot.


Let us Help You!

If you are interested in installing flooring near Tonbridge, then get in touch today! Our flooring experts at Tech Flooring can assist you in selecting, installing, and maintaining your floor to ensure that you can enjoy it for many years to come.

To learn more, explore our website or get in touch with our flooring experts in Tonbridge today on 0208 150 7213 or


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