Choosing The Right Flooring For Your Conservatory
When selecting the best type of flooring for a new conservatory there are a number of factors to bear in mind. Will it be used frequently by children who will be going in and out of the garden traipsing dirt on their shoes and boots? Or will it be an extension to your kitchen so be exposed to a lot of moisture? Or will it simply be an occasional refuge from the rest of the house? Knowing what the conservatory will be used for will influence your decision over which flooring to choose.
Natural stone tiles are a good option for an area that needs a hard-wearing floor covering: granite, for example, is very hard and also very attractive, particularly when highly polished so it looks fantastic but also adds value to your home so is a good home improvement investment. Limestone floor tiles are also a good option but make sure you choose a hard type as some can be quite soft. Or what about slate tiles which have a range of colours and textures? When natural stone floor tiles are properly laid and sealed they will provide a beautiful, long-lasting floor covering. Marble floor tiles are also beautiful but can mark easily in heavy traffic areas so are less suitable for a frequently used conservatory.
Porcelain floor tiles (which are actually a type of ceramic tile) are the most hard-wearing of all the man-made tiles available. They do not need to be sealed, are very easy to maintain and are extremely water resistant. They are also produced in styles that have a natural stone effect without the maintenance requirements.
Other options are glazed ceramic tiles, which are available in a huge range of colours and textures, are easy to maintain and are perfect if your conservatory forms part of the kitchen as they are water resistant. They are also a good option if you might be thinking of moving house in the near future as they are the least expensive option when it comes to a flooring renovation project.
Tiles are perfect for the flooring in a south-facing conservatory, which will heat up very quickly, as they are cool underfoot, but the downside of this is that they will be cold in the winter so consider using underfloor heating to make sure the conservatory is comfortable to use in all weathers.
Thank you so much for this article, it saved me time researching all the different floor types for my new conservatory and has helped me make up my mind which to go for. I am going to have wood-effect porcelain tiles laid – when you mentioned these I wasn’t sure how they would look but having seen them in showrooms now I’m convinced – I hope they will look as good in my home.