Choosing the Best Flooring for Your Home

26th June 2014 posted in Home Lifestyle

If you have just moved into a new home or are renovating your existing home, then you may be re-doing your flooring. Choosing what flooring you want isn’t as simple as finding the best looking product, there are lots of things to take into consideration.

The floor is a key design element in any room, so you need to make sure you make the right decision based on style, location, budget and lifestyle. Here are some factors to take into consideration:

Materials

The right material is key when it comes to choosing your flooring, and there are quite a few to choose from including wood, vinyl, carpet, laminate and more. These materials also come in a range of colours and textures.

In many cases though, you may struggle to tell the difference between a genuine material and one that has been manufactured to look the same, so when you make your final decision take that into consideration.

Time and Effort

Different flooring requires a different amount of time and effort to maintain, so thing about how regularly you will be able to look after it. Natural stone requires the most amount of maintenance and something like vinyl requires the least.

If you are happy to spend time looking after your floor, then think about how to keep it looking as new as possible – if you choose wood in your hallway for example, then consider using a rug or runner to protect it from high people traffic.

Room by Room

It is important to think about what you will be doing in the room you are looking to put flooring down in. The kitchen and dining room for example may end up with food on the floor from time to time, if you have carpet down then this could be tricky to clean.

If you want a quiet study, then don’t use tiles as they can have the opposite effect and make a room noisier. If you have a conservatory or sunroom, then think about whether the floor will absorb the heat and become too warm to walk on.

Pets and Children

We all know that pets and children dictate many a decision when it comes to our homes, and with them both running back and forth from room to room, they may also affect your decision on what flooring to get.

You want something strong and durable that won’t mark much, carpets can be great but if you want something that can be wiped clean consider natural stone or concrete.

Budget

The flooring you decide on may well come down to the budget you have allocated. Installation tends to be the hidden cost when it comes to flooring, so if you will need an expert to help you, it could end up doubling your overall spend.

Laminate flooring is best for a small budget, whereas wood is pricier. If you decide to go for tiling then remember it is a good idea to buy more than you need in case anything gets chipped or broken.

High Moisture Areas

Which room you are looking to put new flooring in may have a huge impact on your final decision. If you are looking to re-floor a bathroom or cellar, then you need to think about the amount of moisture there may be.

Carpets are not great in high moisture areas and wood may rot, so think about choosing laminate or vinyl tiling, as they are much more resilient in rooms that contain higher moisture levels.