Traditionally, conservatories were built as a place to sit and relax in the sun, or grow exotic plants. Today’s conservatories, however, are used much more as a home addition and space for your family to use year round. With this in mind, Conservatory Craftsmen recommend flooring materials that not only complement the existing homes interior but that will also be able to handle the extreme temperature changes that occur in this sunroom.
We like to use a practical hard surface tile and within this group there are a there are many choices:
Ceramic tiles: These tiles are very durable, easy to maintain, and are a non-porous stone making them an excellent title to us in a conservatory kitchen. This option also offers a lot of versatile in design due to the variety of color, and size options. The material works well with in-floor heat and is cold to the touch so will work well in a hot south facing conservatories.
Porcelain tiles: The hardest man-made tile made from compacted clay, these tiles are water resistant and are maintenance free. This option is non-slip when wet and strong enough to face any elements.
Travertine: Most conservatory owners live in older or historic homes and that is what draws them to the vintage architecture. Travertine has an old-world feel, with scalloped edges and pitted surfaces; making travertine is a very cohesive decision. It is inherently porous so be sure to get your surface sealed!
Slate: Slate is a natural stone that is loved by gardeners for its natural organic feel. It comes in different colors and textures . They also have a cleft surface which makes clean up a bit cumbersome and will need to be sealed to protect them
Marble: Depending on the type selected it could pose a slip issue as marble is typically very slippery when wet. It is available in a variety of colors and has a vintage charm that other flooring just cannot replicate. It does mark and is damaged very easily from everyday acids found in lemons or orange juice.
Other flooring options to consider are:
LVT: New on the market is Luxury Vinyl Tile. Looks like a ceramic but is actually a vinyl. LVT can be used with in-floor heat and can even be grouted! A variety of colors and styles, from slate to wood make this trend a practical, option.
Engineered Hardwood: Unlike regular hardwood, this wood can withstand heat and moisture with minimal movement. The wood is very strong and is good for high traffic areas such as a conservatory kitchen or playroom.
Cork: This choice provides excellent thermal benefits for your conservatory, it is fire and insect resistant, great for sound control and soft which makes it a top choice for a playroom. Cork flooring comes in a wide selection of colors and shapes and is considered to be a recycled material making it a great option for eco-friendly designs.
Your choice of the conservatory floor will play a key role in the interior design of your conservatory; let us help you find a suitable conservatory flooring that will suit your style and budget.