Flooring a new home or renovation is no small task, and getting the right type of flooring is an important decision. While carpet may be replaced every few years the likelihood is that wood, tile or laminate flooring will remain in place for ten years or more.
Hardwood flooring, engineered wood, tiles and even stone have their place but are both expensive and have challenges in terms of durability, cost and warmth; so are not practical for many families.
Laminate has been a popular choice of flooring for the past couple of decades, it is generally inexpensive when lifespan is taken into consideration, looks good and can be fitted by those proficient in DIY.
Another type of flooring that most know by the two largest brands of Amtico and Karndean is Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT). Luxury Vinyl Tile was traditionally a dry-back product, stuck down with adhesive onto high grade plywood or smoothed concrete sub-floors. Today LVT is available in click, with an installation similar to most laminates making it easier to fit. Most flooring specialists would still recommend the glue down product as it is viewed as more robust, and generally works out cheaper than its click counterpart.