Welcome to KCS Flooring and Wall Finishes
In this section will be advising on the options available for flooring and wall finishes in the home and working environment.
By ‘flooring advice’ we usually mean advice relating to the surface visible to the naked eye, or the one immediately below it. We don’t include the ‘sub floor’. That’s more a structural issue dealt with the elsewhere on the KCS website. If readers require advice on raised floors, floating floors, or anything else, we’re more than happy to assist, By ‘wall finishes’ we mean the decorative surface of the wall. Sometimes ‘wall finish’ is understood to include reference to the rendering or plastering. But those are also subjects we cover elsewhere on our website.
You can create ‘flooring’ from almost anything you can stand on. But earth or clay surfaces are no longer as popular as they were in the stone age or early medieval times. If you lived in the arctic, the water (ice) floor, in your igloo would count as ‘flooring’, But here in the non pre historic, non arctic world there’s a wide array of surfaces you can consider. We’ll be helping you choose between the various options of carpet, lino, wood, stone, slate, ceramic and of course the now ubiquitous DIY option of laminate. Our expert flooring advice will enable you to determine what’s best for you in terms of your budget, and the floor’s suitability for the environment in which you intend to place it. And you shouldn’t disregard the likely time and cost of day to day maintenance
There may be some surprising other things to worry about as well. Recently a man in Surrey was fined £45,000 and ordered to pay nearly £30,000 in legal costs because he took up the floor of his Bingo Hall without permission from the council. The council said it was a floor of historical significance.
Wallpaper used to be the wall covering of choice, but it’s fallen out of fashion in recent years. Walls in modern houses are sufficiently flat to make a paint surface alone acceptable. But the decline of wallpaper may well be due to DIY enthusiasts perceiving that it’s difficult to put up. We will be advising on the ins and outs of wall papering in our ‘Decorating’ section.
In this section we’ll be helping you decide whether wall paper is a viable option at all and be comparing its suitability with other wall coverings such as paint, tongue and groove, tiles and the various other alternatives available. There are other considerations associated with ‘wall finishes’. The right architraves and the right skirting boards are important features to factor in, and the type of wall finish present in the room has a significant effect on its acoustics. We’ll show you how to make the best of walls which have obvious cracks and flaws without the costs of expensive refacing work. Don’t forget ceilings. They’re a specialist subject in themselves.
As ever well be helping you take account of the environment. In any case natural materials are increasingly thought to make for a healthier living atmosphere and they may have a subliminal impact on your feeling of well being. So if you’re putting a new floor or wall finish in a workplace you could do worse than use natural ecologically sound materials that make your employees feel better about coming to work than staying at home.