Wool is an outstanding natural fibre that offers excellent resilience to foot fall, this means it will resist pile crushing (wear) much better in high traffic areas of the home, such as the stairs and landing, hallways and living rooms (lounges). Wool carpets are often manufactured in a weave texture which can make the floor a desirable feature whilst still providing comfort and warmth.
Wool-mix carpets come in many variations, the most popular variant being an 80% Wool with 20% man-made fibre mixture. The main benefits of having a wool-mix carpet is to either increase the resilience to staining with a mixture of 80% Wool and 20% Polypropylene or to make your carpet extremely durable with a mixture of 80% Wool and 20% Nylon. Wool-mix carpets are naturally moth resistant due to the presence of Polypropylene or Nylon.
There are many types of Man-made fibres available but the two market leading fibres are Nylon (Polyamide) and Polypropylene (Olefin). The main benefit of choosing a carpet that is manufactured from Polypropylene, is the excellent resistance to staining. For stubborn stains you can even dilute bleach with water to remove it without marking the carpet. Nylon carpets are super soft and provide a luxurious and cosy feel under foot.
Solid Wood Flooring is one piece of wood from top to bottom. It is available in many beautiful textures and finishes. Solid Woods can vary in widths and lengths depending on the chosen range, this offers a fantastic deal of variety and customisation, your choice of colours, stains and finishes all contribute to the personalisation of your wood floor.
Engineered Wood Flooring products consist of multiple layers of wood compressed together. The sub layer is usually constructed from three to five layers of Ply board, with the top layer (wear layer) being manufactured from a solid piece of wood. Engineered Wood Flooring is perfect for most areas of your home and is ideal for installations over an underfloor heating system, this is because it has a better constructual balance than Solid Wood Flooring.
Laminate Flooring designs have improved significantly over recent years and when installed it is virtually impossible to tell the difference between a high quality laminate and a real wood floor. Laminate is constructed of five layers; the uppermost layer consists of an overlay (wear layer) to protect against wear and tear. A design layer which is made from one of several layers dependant on the manufacturing process. The surface coating is composed of a special synthetic resin to create a tough and durable surface.
Vinyl Flooring is a great option for kitchens, Bathrooms, Ensuites etc. All Vinyl Flooring supplied by Carpet Trader has an anti-slip rating of R10 as a minimum, this means that you’re much less likely to slip if you have a liquid spillage. Available in many different colours, designs and textures, Vinyl Flooring is a fantastic alternative to tiles, or wood flooring.
The main misconception with Vinyl Flooring is that thicker is better, however, this is not strictly true. The essential factors affecting the performance is the wear layer and the density of the PVC. It is available in 2, 3 and 4 metre widths. Many companies will recommend installing Vinyl Flooring on a ‘loose-lay’ system with only a strip of double sided tape along the joints and in doorways, however, we would always recommend adhering the Vinyl all over, this provides a permanent bond and a secure, long-lasting fixing.
Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) are a fantastic alternative to real wood and stone tiles (e.g. ceramic, porcelain, marble etc.). The ability to replicate real wood and stones using the latest photographic technology has allowed LVT to become one of the most popular hard floors on the market.
Do you require a floor that looks and feels like real wood but doesn’t scratch, mark and dent easily? Or looks and feels like a real stone floor but isn’t cold underfoot and discolours over time? Then a Luxury Vinyl Tile floor is the perfect choice for you.
Many environments require a non-slip safety flooring to ensure the safety of anyone living or working within an area by preventing them from slipping. In some cases, safety flooring is required to comply with UK law which demands that any walking surfaces must be non-slip. Carpet Trader specialise in safety flooring for many applications, including but not limited to;
• Doctors and Veterinary Surgeries
• Changing Rooms
• Wet Rooms (Cap & Cove System)
• And any other area where safety flooring and/or hygiene is a must.