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Rigorously testing takes place for wood floor alternatives

Consumer Reports has tested floor coverings and found many good-looking hardwearing alternatives to solid wood flooring.

Consumer Reports is a US magazine similar to Which? in that it tests consumer products and seeks to find the best products and brands in a given market.

Wood is a popular, attractive and diverse floor covering, but it is not suitable for all rooms, with damp areas such as bathrooms and laundry rooms usually requiring a more water resistant flooring surface.

The recent Consumer Reports tests concentrated on the wear layer of wood floor alternatives to find out how quickly surface wear is noticed after being subject to abrasive rubbing. The testing also looked at dent and scratch resistance, and whether direct sunlight faded the colour of the floor.

Consumer Reports recommended Armstrong vinyl floor tiles for their resistance to stains and scratches. Porcelain tiles were recommended for areas such as kitchens and bathrooms where there could be damp conditions. Some laminates at budget prices were found to be hardwearing.

Consumer Reports did notice that floor coverings colours can vary from batch to batch, so recommend purchasing enough from one batch to cover the entire floor and ensure colour matching.

Wood flooring in your North Wales living rooms is a luxury durable floor covering that is easy to maintain. In unsuitable areas, or where the budget is limited, there is a good choice of quality alternative floor coverings, with non-slip flooring also being a good choice.

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