High Quality & Hardwearing Flooring For Hallways (Both Practical & Beautiful)
The hallway is the area that welcomes you and your guests as you enter your home and bids you farewell as you leave. As soon as you walk in the front door, a stunning, inviting entrance hall can make a huge difference to the feel of your home.
Nothing offers a wonderful first impression of your home than a lovely hallway floor. Even though this is a naturally high traffic area, many feet will pass through it, mostly encased in boots, heels, and other shoes. On a rainy day, you might even discover a few soggy paw prints!
Your flooring should not only be hard-wearing, but it should also be functional and practical while also complementing your home. When it comes to the idea of flooring for your hallway, durability should, of course, be your first consideration. A durable hallway floor does not however have to be drab and designed solely for purpose; after all, we live in an age where elegance and efficiency are intrinsically tied.
When selecting flooring for your hallway or entrance, look for flooring that is resistant to scratches and moisture, as well as flooring that is easy to clean.
The most suitable flooring for your hallway will be determined by your personal taste and style, the number of people who live in your home, and the amount of footfall the hallway will experience on a daily basis.
What’s the best flooring for entrances and hallways?
The best flooring options for hallways are floors that are both stunning and durable, and several flooring options, including wood, vinyl, laminate, stone, and tile, meet these criteria and are ideal for entrances.
However, many of these options have drawbacks; laminate and wood flooring can be expensive, easily scratched, and affected by moisture.
When wet or dusty, tile and stone floors can become extremely slippery, as well as easily scratched, chipped, and broken.
As a result, luxury vinyl flooring is the best choice for hallways.
What is Luxury Vinyl Flooring?
Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVF) or Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is an innovative vinyl flooring design that has quickly become a popular and much more affordable alternative to stone and wood flooring.
The realistic appearance of wood, stone, or ceramic tile is extremely durable and resistant to daily wear and tear. It has a scratch-resistant surface which is also 100% water resistant, making it suitable for use in any room of your home. The Luxury Vinyl Tile is comprised of multiple layers, allowing the flooring to be flexible while also being extremely durable and easy to maintain.
One of the best things regarding Luxury Vinyl Tile is how it comes in a variety of eﬀects. Wood planks, Parquet flooring, and even stone and ceramic tiles.
LVT with a wood plank effect has the form and shape of a wooden plank. It is available in a variety of species of wood, colours, and grain patterns, all of which appear very realistic. You will also be able to find various plank length and widths to suit your style and the décor of your room.
The tile and stone effect LVT is still just as realistic, with uniformly sized tiles and colour and style options ranging from dark grey slate tiles to cream and grey ceramic effect tiles, you can even get sparkly tiles if you want to add a bit of bling to your hallway.
LVT is becoming increasingly popular among homeowners because it can provide your property with an authentic and long-lasting floor without any of the drawbacks and disadvantages that sometimes accompany natural products.
Benefits of vinyl flooring in entrances and hallways
Advantages of Using Vinyl Flooring in Entrances and Hallways:
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Water, stain, and scratch-resistant
- Simple to install
- Available in a variety of designs and colours
Vinyl is water, stain, and scratch resistant. With muddy shoes, wet umbrellas, sleet and snow tracked into the home through the front door, vinyl is an ideal choice for hallways and entrances. Vinyl floors have a distinct advantage over hardwood and laminate floors because of their superior water resistance. Vinyl’s scratch and stain resistance will also help it to withstand heavy foot traffic and tougher treatment.
Vinyl is a low-maintenance flooring option that is easy to clean. Cleaning up mud, dirt, and water brought in from the street is as easy as wiping down your vinyl surfaces with a damp cloth. Additionally, regular hoovering and brushing will leave your vinyl floors looking clean and free from dust.
Vinyl is available in a nearly limitless range of designs and colours, patterns, and styles, allowing you to select a hallway floor that is perfectly suited to your tastes and home decor.
Can you use Luxury Vinyl Flooring Tiles with Underfloor Heating?
Underfloor heating has become increasingly popular among homeowners because it not only eliminates unsightly radiators but is also much more fuel efficient.
Underfloor heating is a method of heating a home by integrating strong and flexible pipework in the floor. It is both efficient and cost-effective, with significant advantages over radiators.
Underfloor heating systems come in a variety of configurations. The best underfloor heating option for you will be determined by a number of factors, including the nature of your project, your current heating system, and your energy source.
Underfloor heating can use much lower water temperature and pressure than radiators because it covers such a greater surface area. This increases performance – especially with a heat pump – and moreover heats a room more evenly because there are no cold spots.
So, in a nutshell, yes, you can indeed install LVT over underfloor heating.
Different LVT Installations
Luxury vinyl tile has become very popular in the UK flooring market. These products necessitate different types of vinyl flooring installation, such as a glue-down or click-lock. Unlike glue-down vinyl, which is glued to the subfloor, click-lock systems are free-floating and sit on top of it.
Glue-down necessitates more floor preparation to avoid flaws, it’s best to get a professional company to do the job.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring Plank Patterns
Choosing the pattern is a fun part of the vinyl flooring process, but you must first decide on the layout, as this may determine the pattern in certain cases but then also guide you on where to begin. Vinyl should really be fitted perpendicular to front doors in hallways, parallel to angled wall lines, the longest wall, and also to the natural light source.
Diagonal is a unique pattern that is offset but at a 45-degree angle. This angle change is what gives a room both dimension and individuality. Although it tends to make a home look revitalised and upmarket, the unusual pattern is more expensive to complete due to the extra cuts required and the additional time required for labour.
Offset, also known as running bond or brick, is a technique where the planks or tiles are offset by half their width. This is one of the most popular, traditional and universal flooring patterns. However, for a more interesting and diverse pattern, you can change the 50/50 offset to an offset of 40/60 or 30/70.
Another common pattern is stagger, in which the planks or vinyl tile are arranged on alternative sides of a centreline, giving the seams the appearance of being random. To achieve a staggered look, end the first row with a short piece and begin the second row with a long piece at the end of the first row and so on.
Repeat the whole process of alternating rows until all the rows are finished. It’s also a great opportunity to show off two or three different vinyl colours or styles with different colour combinations.
Grid, also known as stack bond, is a pattern in which all horizontal and vertical points of the LVT are aligned rather than being offset or staggered. This universal grid pattern has a more contemporary or modern appearance due to its perfectly symmetrical positioning and commonly used with stone tile effect flooring.
Corridor is a grid flooring pattern that is offset by intervening rows, resulting in a mix of horizontal rows encased by vertical columns. When it comes to vinyl planks, it’s a great way to experiment with colour by combining grey and brown tones or light and dark tones of wood to start making the pattern more eye-catching!
Parquet or Herringbone Pattern
Herringbone, also known as chevron, is a classic pattern that imitates the scales of a fish, ultimately by connecting two panels at a 90-degree angle. It is a popular and sophisticated style that is quite stunning, and it is similar to the parquet flooring that was made popular in France as early as the 16th century.
Because of the additional materials needed and the labour-intensive installation, it is always recommended to use a professional floor fitter. When trying to lay out a parquet/herringbone pattern, the zigzag points should be parallel to the longest side of a building in the room or facing the window.
Luxury Vinyl Tiles “Ceramic and Stone” Options
LVT replicates the opulence, beauty and elegance of natural stone tiles without any of the drawbacks. Apart from trying to install actual stone and trying to deal with its complications, there was, in the past, only one way to get an authentic stone-look flooring and that was to use ceramic or porcelain tile.
LVT, on the other hand, has become an exceptional alternative as a result of improved technology.
Another advantage of using LVT rather than natural stone is the way it feels under your feet. Natural marble tile can sometimes be cold and hard underfoot, so many house owners who like the way it looks don’t like how hard it is. Luxury vinyl tile provides a much softer walking surface. Under-floor heating is a popular way to improve the feel of natural stone tiles when you are barefoot, but LVT tends to stay warmer and much more comfortable even without additional heating.
Luxury Vinyl Tiles are a practical and beautiful way to floor the hallway or entrance way to your home. If you have a particularly small hallway then opt for flooring in a lighter shade, it will give your hallway the appearance of being much larger than it is.
Luvanto is an increasingly popular brand of luxury design flooring, exclusively manufactured by QA Flooring Solutions.
This premium flooring product is available for purchase through their network of nationwide premium independent contractors in both the United Kingdom and Ireland.
There are numerous styles, colour and design options available so whatever your décor or preference there will definitely be something that catches your eye.