Life is full of decisions, both big and small, whether it’s choosing new cushion covers or revamping a room. A choice that’s often not thought of is flooring, which when considering the impact it has on a home, it is quite surprising!
So, the question remains, what type of flooring is the best for your home? Well, these are the things you should be considering:
Where is your Flooring Being Installed?
Firstly, when purchasing new flooring, you need to consider whether the material you’re buying is fit for purpose. For instance, if you’re looking to give your kitchen a makeover then you should probably invest in a material that’s hard-wearing; for example, solid wood flooring is beautiful but not suitable for rooms where temperature and humidity are likely to fluctuate.
Likewise, some materials that seem like they may be hard wearing often aren’t; site-finished solid hardwood can easily scratch, even though it is easily sanded out, it’s best to keep it out of high-traffic areas where scratching is likely to happen regularly.
You should apply the same rule to bathrooms, where solid wood is a definite no-go. It’s because moisture levels in bathrooms can cause wood to warp and contract meaning you’ll be left with gaps and a mismatched floor, which is less than ideal. A better choice for rooms with high humidity levels are materials such as stone, tile or ceramic, all of which can either come with a fun pattern or have wonderful character.
However, if you’re thinking of getting the hallway or living room redecorated then solid wood would be an excellent choice. This type of flooring can bring a completely different feel to a room, adding warmth, depth and is an ideal pair with large rugs and vintage furnishings. Carpet is also a good choice in these areas, the soft, warm material is ideal for relaxing rooms where you’re likely to be barefoot; next to the back door isn’t a good choice of location since that’s where muddy paws and shoes will be entering.
Which Flooring Works Best in Each Room
|Solid Wood||Hallway, living room, dining room, bedroom.
|Laminate||Hallway, living room, dining room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.
|Engineered Wood||Hallway, living room, dining room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.
|Vinyl||Kitchen, bathroom, living room, dining room
|Carpet||Bedroom, living room, hallway, stairs.
|Natural Stone||Bathroom, kitchen, garden, can be used in communal areas but due to its cold temperature isn’t recommended.
|Porcelain/Ceramic Tiles||Same as above, more suited to kitchen and bathroom areas but can you can use in your living space should you wish.
Does Your Lifestyle have your Carpets Floored?
It’s super important to consider what your household is like before committing to a particular type of flooring. Is your home bustling with children and pets chasing havoc, or are you leading a Hugh Grant bachelor lifestyle? If you have little ones running around then it’s important to consider the durability of your chosen floor – is the material itself capable of withstanding a heavier footfall and clumsy play times?
Cleaning and Maintenance:
It’s important to keep on top of the cleaning and maintenance of your floors to keep them looking as good as new and prevent allergens like dust and mould. Bearing this in mind, it pays to know the maintenance required for different types of flooring.
Of course, all floors require a regular sweep, mop and vacuum but did you know that engineered wood and solid wood would benefit from being sanded and refinished? This type of labour of love could change your mind on flooring if you know how much upkeep the flooring requires.
What’s your Budget?
The biggest question of all: can I afford this?
There are a lot of options available, all of them at different prices; what you need to consider carefully is how much you can afford to spare. It’s important that you know the budget and it’s important to share it with any professionals that you’re working with. This way you can rule out types of flooring or services that exceed it (and then you can’t fall in love with them). Of course, that being said, it’s vital to prepare for extra costs such as excess materials, glue and labour; one’s DIY job simply never rings in on budget and on time.
Whilst you may be inclined to save the pennies, remember that in a lot of cases – you get what you pay for. Spending more on higher quality flooring in one go may seem like quite the dent in your bank balance, but this floor should last decades, and in doing so will pay for itself.
These are just a few pointers to consider when choosing your flooring, now, the rest is down to you! Let us know if you found this guide helpful by getting in touch on Facebook.