Carpets & Flooring
Welcome to our Carpets & Flooring Department, where you'll find a wide choice of flooring options for any room, including carpets, wood and laminate flooring, and luxury vinyl tiles.
Here at Barretts, as well as our extensive flooring range, it’s about doing the job properly from start to finish, this means keeping costs and waste to a minimum without cutting any corners.Our friendly and knowledgeable team of estimators will work with you step-by-step, that way potential issues can be highlighted and eliminated prior to starting any job, ensuring there are no nasty surprises. We can advise you on colours, styles, flooring types and usage, meaning you get the right product for each area of your home. As part of our peace of mind guarantee, all our quotes, advice and measuring is free of charge, with no obligation.
Visit our store to view our extensive range of quality carpets, with something to suit any budget, including both natural and man-made fibres. Our collection of wool carpets are renowned for quality, due to their ability to withstand pressure, and have excellent appearance retention properties. Wool offers luxurious underfoot comfort and warmth, and acts as an insulator improving heat retention and energy efficiency. As a natural fibre, wool has an inbuilt resistance to soiling due to its natural oils. Man-made fibre carpets tend to be less expensive, so great if you have a limited budget, and while they don’t have all the attributes of wool, they have various benefits depending on the type of fibres used, this can make them a better choice for your particular needs, such as softness underfoot, stain resistance or durability.
Twist Pile Carpet
Twist pile, where the yarn is tightly twisted together, has a soft and luxurious feel as your feet sink into the pile. Wool carpet has a synthetic fibre added in a 80/20 ratio to strengthen the yarn. Synthetic twist pile is usually polypropylene, which is stain proof but does not wear as well as wool carpet over time.
Loop Pile Carpet
Loop Pile, also known as boucle, is where the yarn is woven, or looped, through the carpet backing and uncut. With its contemporary look, loop pile comes in many different designs, from generous coils, too fine intricate patterns. The biggest home styling opportunity is the many different stripe carpets available.
Stripes and Patterns
Striped and patterned carpet can add colour and a fresh look to your home, and is well suited to staircases and landings. The choice available has increased dramatically over the past few years, including subtle lines, vibrant colours, and complex geometric designs. A reduction in price make stripes a more accessible choice.
At Barretts we offer Sisal, Coir, Seagrass, and Jute natural flooring; each has its own unique look and feel. Sisal is extracted from the Agave Sisalana plant which grows in Mexico, Brazil and East Africa. It is very versatile and hardwearing. This product is tightly woven and has a subtle sheen. Coir is made from the strong fibres of the coconut husks in Kerala India - softened in sea water before they are woven into designs. Coir is very durable and good value for money. Seagrass grows in the tropical climates of China and Vietnam by the coastal river banks. This natural product is dried, harvested and hand spun before woven into flooring. Jute comes from the stalk of the giant corchorus plants that grow in Southern India. As Jute fibres are fine, this product is best used in light traffic areas.
Natural Flooring Styles
The variation in styles and colours available in Natural Flooring is remarkably extensive. From tight boucles and tweeds, to bold basketweaves and herringbone designs, there is something for all home settings. The range of colours will also surprise, with charcoals, light greys and blondes, in addition to the more traditional shades.
Suitability & Usage
The majority of Natural Flooring Barretts sell is Sisal, which is an excellent all-round choice. The style and colour options available mean it can be employed in traditional and contemporary settings. A factory applied stain inhibitor can also improve overall practicality. Recommend for use in most rooms, except kitchens and bathrooms.
Ethical & Sustainable
Alternative Flooring supply the vast majority of our Natural Flooring, and we are very proud of their commitment to producing ethical flooring products. Over 85% of their products are made from sustainable natural sources. In addition, Alternative Flooring plant a tree for every sample ordered, with over 1800 new trees planted so far.
Solid wood flooring is made from, you guessed it, a plank of solid wood. It offers strength, durability and the unbeatable tactile sensation of its natural wood texture. Our range of solid wood flooring comes in a variety of different finishes, each of which bring out a different aspect of its character. Grain patterns, bleaching, mellow hues and more can provide both modern and traditional looks for every area of the home. Engineered wood flooring has the natural beauty of solid wood flooring, only its boards are constructed in a way that makes them more versatile, practical and affordable for modern homes. Its compressed layers prevent it from being too susceptible to expansion and contraction. Simply adding a top layer of solid wood to engineered wood also allows the tree's materials to go much further.
All our wood flooring is supplied by Woodpecker Flooring, a family firm like our own, started by Bruce Ker from his Bristol garage in 1973. The range now covers ten wood flooring ranges, with each offering a comprehensive array of planks sizes, designs, colours, and applications. They believe in their product so much, they are happy to offer a 100 year product guarantee!
Wood Grades and Finishes
Three grades of wood are available - Select (consistent look with few knots), Rustic (more natural look, larger knots, colour variation), and Extra Rustic (pretty much untouched, completely natural look). Finishes include oiled, lacquered, matt lacquered and unfinished, among others. The finishing process includes up to seven layers of lacquer or oil, so top performance is guaranteed.
Delivery & Install
Barretts can handle all your wood flooring requirements, and help you create a natural look in your home. We offer a free measure and estimate service, and advice on the right style, grade, and wood finish. Special floor preparation isn’t usually required, and with our expert fitting we can remove and replace skirting boards to hide the required expansion gap.
Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT)
Luxury Vinyl Tiles or LVT offer a long-lasting and beautiful alternative to carpet andvinyl. LVT is made up of a number layers which are thermally pressed for ultimateperformance, with different wear layers available. It replicates the natural beauty ofwood and stone, at a much reduced cost. There are two main styles, wood effectplanks that are roughly the size of a wood plank, and stone effect tiles, replicatingthe dimensions of a floor tile. Both types offer co-ordinating grouting, marquetry &feature strips, enabling complete creative freedom. LVT is extremely hard wearing,and will not crack, chip or splinter. It’s ideal for all areas in the home, especiallykitchens and bathrooms. We offer LVT products from LG Flooring, Westex, andPolyfloor with the Camero and Colonia brands.
Wood effect planks offer a realistic wood effect look, with knots, grain, and evenauthentic surface textures. The choice of designs available is huge, ranging fromcontemporary limed oak to rustic vintage timber. Grey shades in particular arebecoming ever more popular, along with parquet and herringbone designs.
A selection of natural stone, slate and marble effect tiles are available, ideal for bathrooms andkitchens. As LVT is impervious to water, you can relax in the knowledge that theodd spillage won’t cause any damage. With the grouting strips available, a trulybeautiful and authentic stone tiled floor look can be achieved.
Expert Design & Fitting
We can help you create a stylish and hard wearing LVT floor in your home. We offera free measure and estimate service, along with advice on the right design for yourhome, and expert fitting. The existing floor does need to be completely flat for LVT,and we can fit ply or apply latex screed to ensure the right surface for fitting.
We are thrilled to be a Specialist Dealer for the wonderful Alternative Flooring company. Alternative Flooring offer a stunning range of stripped, boucle, and patterned design carpets, plus a comprehensive range of natural flooring. And what's more, you can make a rug from any carpet/natural flooring in their range, to your exact measurements. Plus your lovely rug or runner can be bound in a border made of cotton, linen, tweed, jute, faux leather or real leather. Or you can have a combination of layered borders. The possibilities are endless, allowing you limitless creative options. If you pop over to the Alternative Flooring website, follow the easy on-line process, and when you get to the checkout you can find Barretts of Woodbridge as your nearest stockist, and order your rug. We will contact you once it's delivered to us. There's even a video telling how it all works. Happy rug creating!
How it Works
If you head over to the Alternative Flooring website, and follow the easy online design process. When you get to the checkout you can select Barretts of Woodbridge as your nearest stockist. If you get stuck, just call us, or pop into the store for a chat.
Watch this how-to video, which explains how the whole process works in five easy steps. Choose a design from natural and wool flooring collections, select a border style, pick a border, add your dimensions and see your finished rug in a choice of different interior settings
Order & Delivery
Once you have created your rug design, simply go to the checkout where you will find Barretts of Woodbridge as your nearest stockist, and order your new bespoke rug. Alternative Flooring will manufacture your rug, and we will contact you once it's delivered to us.
Frequently Asked Questions
Wool or Man-Made Carpet?
Man-made carpets are stain-resistant, and are therefore an excellent choice were lots of soiling could occur. Wool carpet also a natural stain resistance, but not to the level of man-made carpet.
Wool carpet will generally wear better over time than man-made. The natural springiness of the wool fibre means it recovers better after use.
Can I borrow samples?
Yes, at Barretts we think it’s important that you get to see your carpet, engineered wood, LVT, vinyl or laminate in your home. Samples can look completely different in your home’s lighting, and in the daylight and at night. This makes sure you definitely get the right flooring for you.
What's the lead time?
From ordering to completion, we generally say 3-4 weeks. (In exceptional times like a global pandemic, it may take longer!)
Do you sell rugs?
Yes, we have a wide range of rugs! Choose from beautiful hand-knotted oriental rugs in a huge variety of colours and designs, chic contemporary rugs, and the Alternative Flooring Make Me A Rug service, where you can design your own bespoke rug.
Do you have a variety of choices?
Yes! We have anything from stain resistant synthetic plains, with multiple colour options, wools with funky geometric or stripe designs, to many natural flooring choices. With hundreds of different materials and qualities. And that's just carpets! We also have a wide range of engineered wood flooring, LVT, vinyl flooring, and wood laminate.
What are the flooring alternatives to carpet?
Just like our carpet range, we have a wide range of man-made and natural flooring, including engineered wood, vinyl and laminate flooring. So rest assured, you’ll be sure to find the perfect flooring for you!
Ready to get started? Contact us today!
If you would like to arrange an in-store or home appoint, please call us on 01394 384300 to speak to a member of our team. You can also message us.