There are so many choices when it comes to choosing flooring for your home, the decision can seem quite overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be.
When choosing the best flooring for your home, bear the following 3 things in mind:
1) Your budget
2) The purpose of the room in which you are installing the floor
3) The style and colour scheme of the room
Once you have considered these three things, you will be much more equipped to choose the best type of flooring for your home. To help, here is a list of common types of domestic flooring and their properties:
Solid wood flooring
Solid wooden floors come in many different styles and colours. From oak to walnut to bamboo, you will be able to find a type of wood to match any interior. As solid wood is a natural product, it develops character overtime and does not fade or lose colour like carpets do. Solid wooden floors are durable, making them great for busy living rooms or hallways. They can last for years and do not need to be replaced when they grow tired, they can just be sanded down and refinished. If you are not on a tight budget, solid wooden flooring could be an ideal investment.
Engineered wood flooring
Even more durable and easy to install than solid wood floors, engineered wooden floors are designed to withstand heavy traffic and last for years. They are made of compressed layers of plywood covered by a solid wood lamella. The solid wooden top layer means engineered wooden floors can look exactly like solid wooden floors. Engineered wooden floors offer homeowners flexibility in that they can be installed as a floating floor or over under floor heating.
Laminate flooring could be ideal if you wish to install the floor yourself and are on a tight budget. Laminate is cheaper than solid or engineered wood but can be finished to look like real wood. It is easy to clean and can be coated to make it waterproof, making it ideal to use in kitchens and bathrooms. Laminate flooring comes in a range of thicknesses. Thinner laminate would be perfect for bedrooms or areas with low foot traffic whereas thick laminate would be suited for installation in busy hallways.
Vinyl flooring could be perfect if you are looking for a waterproof floor for your kitchen or bathroom. Vinyl can also withstand heavy foot traffic and can be made to look like wood or stone, depending on your preference.
Rugs and carpets
Carpets and rugs come in many different colours and thicknesses which can suit a variety of purposes. Rugs are often purely used as decorative devices to complement the design of a room or act as a centrepiece for the room. Carpets can add comfort to a room as they insulate rooms by retaining heat. They are ideal for most rooms except those where they may come into contact with water and become stained. Carpets can easily gather dust so may require more maintenance than wooden or vinyl floors but are often considerably cheaper.
Article Courtesy of: Luxury Flooring & Furnishings