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Conservatories can serve a variety of functions, from relaxation and entertaining spaces to dining rooms and playrooms for children, so it's vital to choose the right flooring for the room. The best conservatory flooring options depend partly on how the space is used, and partly on the climate of the room – temperature and moisture should be taken into account.
Which conservatory flooring should I choose?
Bear in mind that conservatories are made largely of glass, which means they tend to be much warmer and more humid in the day than at night. Significant fluctuations in temperature and moisture levels can cause solid wood flooring to expand and contract, leading to the appearance of cracks and warps in the flooring.
Solid wood flooring is therefore not normally recommended for a conservatory. However, don't despair - there are many other options that provide the look and feel of solid wood without the drawbacks.
Advantages of engineered wood flooring in a conservatory
To combat these effects, choose a hard-wearing style of flooring such as engineered wood, which is stable and durable. Engineered wood is made up of a base of layered HDF or plywood that is placed under intense heat and pressure to form a solid core.
This layered core responds extremely well to changes in temperature, which is perfect for areas of the home that face changes in temperature or moisture. You can also choose from a number of finishes and colours which can affect the reflections from sunlight. You can also consider applying a UV finish to your flooring to further decrease the opportunity of harmful sunlight causing damage to the colour of the veneer.
Our top tip for installing conservatory flooring is to give the material time to become acclimatised to the atmosphere in your home. Take the planks out of the packaging and give them time to adapt to the fluctuations in temperature. This allows the material to expand and contract, so it can avoid future damage by buckling.
Advantages of laminate flooring in a conservatory
Laminate flooring is another good option that gives a convincing appearance of natural materials, and not just of wood – you can have stone, tile and many other choices. It's also generally cheaper than engineered wood flooring, although not quite as hardwearing and cannot be refinished if it gets scratched or damaged.
Vinyl flooring has similar advantages, although vinyl tiles can be prone to fading over the years under strong sunlight, so this should be taken into account if you have a south-facing conservatory.
If you would like advice about what kind of flooring would be suitable for a conservatory, then Posh Flooring would be happy to help. Our team of flooring experts can help you choose the best flooring for your needs. Call us today on 0333 002 1062 or get in touch via the contact form on this page.