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Which Floor Is Best For Which Room?

Before selecting your new floor, it's crucial to make sure it's suitable for use in the room you plan to install it. Not all floors are appropriate for use in bathrooms, conservatories, or with underfloor heating. Use the chart below to help you decide which flooring style would be most suitable for your conditions.

Key: 1. Good to go!
2. Not recommended.
3. Not urged, except for Juncker floors.

Lacquered floors give more protection than oiled floors, but all spills should dry out as quickly as possible.
Mop up collapses quickly, or choose one of T-build's waterproof laminates Only Coir and Sisal should be utilised on stairs, whereas Jute and Seagrass should be avoided.


Living Rooms

In general, living rooms have stable temperatures, low wetness levels, and low footfall, all of which are good news for any floor. This means there is no restriction on which floors you can use. It’s possibly where you take guests, too, so be certain to use this room to make an impression.


Vinyl, laminate, and lacquered engineered floors are all invented to oppose the hostility of a busy kitchen. They can control moisture, splashes, and scrapes - though remember to mop up spillages as soon as possible. Solid wood, natural carpet, and oiled engineered floors aren’t as strong, so we would advise opposing them.


Vinyl and laminate floors can revolt against the high levels of moisture encountered in bathrooms, so these are the floors we’d suggest. Changes in moisture can harm natural carpets and solid wood floors over time, and engineered floors aren’t as good at opposing splashes. Whatever floor you employ, be sure to dry up spillages as soon as possible.


Vinyl, laminate, engineered and natural carpets are all good to use in a conservatory. The big temperature variation means the dampness in solid wood floors will rise and fall. For this reason, solid wood floors are likely to shrink and extend in conservatories.

Underfloor Heating

Engineered, laminate and luxury vinyl tiles are all suitable (although always review with the product manufacturer.) Due to their reaction to heat, solid wood floors (except for Juncker floors) are not appropriate for underfloor heating. Unfortunately, our natural carpets are also not secured against underfloor heating.


Vinyl, laminate, engineered, and natural carpets are all good. Basements can change hugely in temperature, which means the moisture in solid wood floors will grow and drop. For this reason, solid wood floors could shrink and extend in basements.


Laminate, engineered, and solid wood can all be planted on stairs. They are all durable and grippy enough to prevent any potential accidents, unlike vinyl which should be prevented. Coir and Sisal carpets are safe to apply, but we'd avoid Jute or Seagrass.