Modern conservatories are much more than just a room for the summer months. Today we expect and anticipate being able to use our conservatory all year around in comfort and happiness. Our choice of flooring in our conservatory will have a major impact on comfort levels at different times of the year, so making the right choice needs to be approached with careful consideration and thought.
Things to consider when choosing flooring for your conservatory
Before you start thinking about the available materials for conservatory flooring, you should take a moment to think about the things that are important to you in the room. Some homeowners think of the conservatory as an extension to their lounge or living space, in which case it can be nice to continue your décor and flooring scheme through into this room. Others look upon it as a separate space, more a part of the garden, and are keen to give it its own identity.
Think also about the ways in which you plan to use your conservatory throughout the year. If you have children or pets who will be spending time out there, then a laminate or tiled floor can make the clean-up a whole lot easier. Conversely, carpet is very cosy, and actually a lot easier to change later on if you decide to alter your scheme.
Also consider whether underfloor heating is likely to be something for you. It is far easier to install underfloor heating before laying the flooring than it will be to try and do it later on. If you are using underfloor heating, try to avoid the use of carpets and rugs as they will stop the heat from getting to you.
Materials for conservatory flooring
When considering your options for conservatory flooring, think about the available materials and weigh up the pros and cons of each. Here are some of the most commonly used floor coverings in conservators, and some of the pros and cons of each:
Carpet: Warm and cosy underfoot, and also relatively cheap to install. Carpet comes with the added bonus of being easy to take up and change later on if you decide to change your colour scheme. The downsides are that it can be difficult to clean carpet thoroughly, and it can start to look dirty really quickly.
Laminate: Laminate is highly affordable and looks great once its installed. It’s easy to clean too, so if you have young children or pets using the conservatory, this can be a great low cost option. However, it can become faded or damaged by the intense sunlight in a conservatory environment, so either plan to replace it after a few years, or invest in really good quality variety.
Vinyl tiles: If you’re on an absolute shoe string, vinyl tiles are super affordable and can be installed DIY too. They are easy to clean and come in a huge array of styles and colours, making it easy to make your room your own. Some vinyl will not be able to be heated from underneath, so check with the supplier if you plan to use underfloor heating.
Ceramic tiles: Ceramic tiles are one of the more expensive options but can really look amazing too. They come in every colour you can imagine, and have excellent thermal properties, making them cool in the summer and great for retaining heat from your underfloor heating in winter. If you don’t plan to use underfloor heating, you might find them somewhat chilly on winters days.
Stone flooring: Stone floors are probably the most expensive option, but can really add a high end, classy finish to your conservatory. There are a whole host of types and styles of stone floor out there, so take some time to research which is best for you. Marble looks great, but takes a lot of work to keep polished and can be damaged if something is dropped onto it. Granite is tough and durable, but doesn’t look quite as classy as marble.
We haven’t included wood flooring here, because in general solid wood is not going to be particularly suitable for a conservatory environment. Wood tends to warp easily if humidity and temperature changes a lot, so unless you plan to use underfloor heating and air conditioning to keep your conservatory at a constant temperature, there are almost certainly more suitable materials out there.