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 overlooked 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 hard-wearing; for example, solid wood flooring is beautiful but not suitable for rooms where temperature and humidity are likely to fluctuate.
The same rule should be applied to bathrooms, solid wood is an absolute no-go. This is 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.
However, if you’re thinking of getting the hallway or living room redecorated then solid wood would be a great 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.
Hence, we’ve made a detailed and quick guide to floorings, and their ideal locations below!
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 be installed 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 ensure allergens like dust and mould are kept at bay. Bearing this in mind, it pays to know the maintenance required among different types of flooring.
Of course, all floors require a regular sweep, mop and vacuum but did you know that engineered wood flooring and solid wood would benefit from being sanded and refinished? This is the type of labour of love that could make you change your mind on a type of flooring.
What’s your Budget?
There are a lot of options available, all of them at different prices; what you need to carefully consider is how much you can afford to spare. It’s important that you’re aware of the budget you’re working to, while also preparing for extra costs such as excess materials, glue and labour.
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.