Karndean Vs. Other Floor Types... The Big Debate!

Karndean Vs. Solid Wood

  • Karndean Designflooring gives you the unique grain and knot details, but without the practical difficulties.
  • Real wood flooring products can expand, warp and shrink in reaction to extreme temperature changes and moisture. Karndean Designflooring maintains its shape throughout its lifetime and is water resistant.
  • In order to keep real wood flooring looking like new they require maintenance including sanding, staining and treating. With Karndean, there's no work required - it's easy to maintain and keep clean.

Karndean Vs. Real Stone Tiles

  • Natural stone and ceramic flooring can be hard to manage and weight is often a problem, especially if you're looking to install in a room upstairs. Karndean is much lighter, flexible and easier to install.
  • The cold touch of stone and marble can be a bit off-putting first thing in the morning or in cold weather. Karndean flooring is much warmer underfoot and is also compatible with underfloor heating.
  • Natural stone and ceramic tiles can be slippery when wet. Karndean flooring is fully slip tested and its textured surfaces are suitable for commercial and domestic use, even in areas which get wet, like the bathroom, kitchen, hall or utility room.

Karndean Vs. Carpet

  • Unlike carpets, Karndean does not harbour dust mites or bacteria.
  • Karndean is easy and simple to keep clean, especially if you are busy, have children or pets to clean up after.
  • The┬áresidential guarantee covers the lifetime of your floor for up to 35 years.
  • Unlike carpets, Karndean can be laid over underfloor heating systems.
  • In the unlikely event of damage it is possible to replace a plank or tile of Karndean, a huge advantage over carpet which would need to be completely uplifted, disposed of and replaced.

Karndean Vs. Laminates & Engineered Planks

  • Laminates are known for looking manufactured and unrealistic in comparison to real wood flooring. Karndean's product designers beautifully replicate the look and feel of real wood products using advanced manufacturing techniques giving you the look of natural timber without the practical difficulties of maintaining wood flooring.
  • Many man made materials, including laminate, can curl or shrink whereas our floors maintain their shape throughout their lifetime.
  • If water gets inside a Laminate or Engineered Hardwood floor, it can cause the top layer of the product to de-laminate and peel making it less suitable for wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. Karndean Designflooring is water resistant and perfect to use in any room of your home, including kitchens and bathrooms.