Meet the luxury flooring company that’s defying Brexit uncertainty
Unless you live under a rock, and that rock has no WiFi, you can’t take a step outside your house without some form of Brexit coverage invading your inner sanctum. Whether it’s on the radio, television, the internet, or even conversations at the work water-cooler, we’re now within a month of the UK’s divorce from the European Union, and anxiety levels have never been higher.
For most companies, as we hear about constantly, the uncertainty of what the UK’s trading future with Europe will look like is causing consternation. But while many companies have decided to up sticks and leave Blighty’s shores, one seems to be moving from strength to strength.
Introducing Lifestyle Flooring UK. Based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, Lifestyle Flooring UK has enjoyed quite a surge in popularity in recent times, having had the foresight to adapt its business model in the unpredictable political climate. Instead of worrying about potential tariffs and trading on World Trade Organization terms, Lifestyle Flooring UK has simply bought up a huge amount of product from Europe’s industry-leading flooring brands – ensuring that they don’t have to hike prices for the foreseeable future.
You see, much of the world’s leading flooring is manufactured outside of the UK, with quite a bit of it imported onto our shores. According the Contract Flooring Journal, recent trends of downward pressure on prices, coupled with the inevitable increase of import cost in the event of a ‘no deal Brexit’, could lead to a disrupted market. This is why Lifestyle Flooring UK’s astute decision to stockpile products in advance of our departure from the European Union has reaped such notable success in recent times.
Lifestyle Flooring UK has been operating in the premium flooring market for the best part of 40 years, and they specialise in laminate, solid wood, engineered wood, vinyl and luxury carpeting. Whatever your flooring needs, the Yorkshire company promises to offer the best price available to British consumers on the internet – and their wholesale approach to acquiring stock means that they’re able to continue with this approach, well-beyond the implementation of Article 50. So, if you’re looking for a cost-effective answer to your flooring needs, Lifestyle Flooring UK is undeniably the place to go – but what to buy?
Introducing Engineered Wood: The intelligent flooring alternative to solid wood
One area in which Lifestyle Flooring UK stands out as a market leader is in its range of Engineered Wood flooring. Haven’t heard of it? Well, you should. Engineered Wood offers the appearance and texture of its better-known cousin, Solid Wood, but with versatility not necessarily present in oak.
The flooring is generally produced by using a ‘core layer’, sometimes referred to as a base layer, made out of something akin to MDF or Plywood, and topping it with the ‘real’ wood veneer of your choice. The result is that the core layer is generally more robust, durable, and less likely to contract in tandem with temperature and season changes. Engineered Wood flooring is also compatible with under-floor heating, all the while looking as though it’s the traditionally styled ‘real’ Solid Wood flooring.
Prices on Engineered Wood begin from as low as £11.99 per square-metre, with the Linton Brilliance Veneer range. If you’re looking for the purely premium Engineered Wood flooring options, Boen ranges can cost upwards of £150 per square-metre. Generally, you’ll find the right fit for you somewhere between the two price points.
There’s nothing like a classic
While the notion of an Engineered Wood finish is very impressive, the traditionalists amongst you may believe there’s no substitute for the real thing. Cast your mind back across history, famous old buildings, scenes from period dramas – there’s something about a solid wood floor that evokes feelings of elegance and luxury.
While still effectively purchasing this flooring at trade prices, solid wood flooring doesn’t start at quite as low a price-point as the Linton hybrid flooring – because pure wood is more expensive. However, you needn’t be put off by the cost of having your dream Downton Abbey-style floor – as prices start at a little over £18 with the Linton Unfinished Oak range. As with many of the products available from Lifestyle Flooring UK, bulk purchase discount is available.
The value for money option
While we’re all about the finer things in life at Luxury Lifestyle Magazine, we understand that the realities of the economy can affect everyone. If you can’t necessarily afford the outlay of a Solid Wood floor, but fancy the aesthetic, then laminate flooring might be for you.
Utilising several layers of HDF, laminate prices start from comfortably under £10 per square-metre, and designs, tones and colours of laminate flooring vary significantly compared with the Solid and Engineered Wood alternatives. Egger Pro ranges start at just over £8, while the more expensive ranges come in at a little over £20, with dozens of designs in-between.
Britain’s favourite – something to sink your toes into
While the traditional wood aesthetic is ever-popular, nothing can really beat the versatility of carpet, which is why it makes up for over half of the total flooring market in this country. This fact is not lost on Lifestyle Flooring UK, who have a plethora of fibres and designs to choose from.
Pricing on carpet can be a little trickier, due to cutting the fabric from a roll, rather than purchasing in the manner you would a wood selection, so the best bet for would-be carpet connoisseurs is to check out the offering on their website, and ask for a quote on the ones that take your fancy.