Sometimes ceramic and porcelain tiles aren’t what you’re after, and there are a variety of alternatives at Rees Tiles that you can use on floors instead. Some of these options require the floor to be level or screeded, others you may have to purchase underlay for, both of which are stocked or can be ordered. One of the main reasons customers sometimes opt for an alternative to tiles is for something they feel will be warmer under foot without the use of underfloor heating.
Our Flooring Options
Karndean Designflooring is a 3mm vinyl flooring that comes in wood effect planks or square/rectangular stone effect tiles. If you wanted to recreate parquet style flooring like that you might have seen in a traditional hall there is a range specifically for this. The wood effects are very realistic with knots and texture details worked into them and some even appear to have a distressed, beach hut look to them. The stone effect tiles have the option to add in design strips to make it look like there are grout lines. Some tiles are available in a modular finish and there are even decorative borders you can work into the flooring design too. Karndean is a really flexible alternative to personalise your floor space.
Laminate Flooring gives a natural wood effect but at a fraction of the cost. Laminate is completely man made and the top layer is a photograph printed layer that looks like wood. It increased in popularity as it is a cheaper alternative to real wood flooring, requires no ongoing maintenance and doesn’t involve a high level of skill to install so you may be able to install it yourself. Usually laminate has a tongue and groove fitting format which means the planks click into one and other and it is laid on top of underlay.
Engineered Wood is 100% real wood which has been constructed by pressing real timber into multiple layers, each of which run in different directions. The variation of directions gives a sturdier base compared to that of solid wood, making it more durable than alternative wood effect flooring and likely to last much longer too. You have to fit with underlay underneath and leave a slight gap around the room to allow for movement and expansion, but this can be covered with a skirting.
Natural Stone is often used to make tiles for floors and are as varied in shades, textures and effects as stone you would see out and about. Natural stone is particularly popular for people wishing to create a rustic, farmhouse feel to a home and very complimentary to barn conversions. It works well with both traditional and contemporary surroundings. Natural stone has to be sealed and treated regularly to maintain the finish and quality of the stone.