How to Choose the Right Floor for Your Home
Firstly, consider the following. It could be the difference in choosing carpet or timber.
Just like any part of your renovation, your budget will have a large influence on what materials you choose, so it’s important to ensure that you have this in place before you go selecting flooring that you can’t afford.
Are you willing to maintain the flooring if it requires it? For some materials, the upkeep can be a costly and time-consuming effort.
Will your lifestyle require a durable material? Different families will have different needs from their flooring. For example, a young family will most likely need a hardy and durable floor whereas a single person may be able to choose a softer material.
Having the ability to easily remove flooring may be an important factor for you if the flooring is only a temporary choice? Or perhaps you are preparing an investment property for renters? This could influence your material choice, especially if you hope to one day live in it, or be able to update it once tenants have moved out and it’s received lots of wear and tear.
This hardy material is ideal for families. The flooring can handle plenty of foot traffic without wearing down and is a great, quieter option. It can muffle the sound of many footsteps and toys! Vinyl is water-resistant, making it perfect for any room and easy to maintain. This flooring is a great, money-effective option.
Similar to vinyl, laminate is a budget and family-friendly option. Laminate flooring takes the aesthetic of wood but as a more versatile and practical format. Whilst it may not be water-resistant it’s still a very durable material. This flooring is great for those investment properties where you may want to be able to easily remove it.
Bamboo grows incredibly fast and is, therefore, one of the most of eco-friendly options available when it comes to selecting flooring. Not only is it kind to the environment but also to your wallet and time! Bamboo floors are easy to maintain as they’re very durable, even in dampness. The only con of bamboo is its lack of thermal benefits, so you might not want to place this in bedrooms.
Timber is a classic choice for flooring due to its easy care and sound-proof features. However, it does require maintenance when in high foot traffic areas such as kitchens and dining areas, which can become a costly venture. If treated correctly though, timber flooring can look beautiful for a long time. It doesn’t do well in humid areas though, as its natural state can grow/shrink in particular environments.
Carpets come in a wide range of colours and styles and are a versatile choice, however, they don’t suit every room in the house! Bedrooms and living rooms are ideal for carpets as you can create a cozy and warm space that can’t be recreated with hard flooring. Generally, carpets are easy to maintain, however, if you choose a light shade you’ll most likely need to get it cleaned more regularly, so we suggest choosing a slightly darker colour, such as a shade of grey. Carpets are also a great sound-proofer, perfect for an entertainment room.
Tiles are the opposite of carpet and provide a clean and sleek flooring. They’re great for bathrooms and kitchens as they are very durable and easy to clean. However, tiles can be a costly choice, especially if you want to select a feature tile.
Polished concrete is quickly becoming a popular choice, especially in newly built, industrial or minimalist homes. The material embraces it’s natural, raw state and can be a statement piece. However, it can be a costly choice, but it’s also incredibly long-lasting and requires minimum maintenance once it’s laid down.
The variety of choices can be overwhelming, however, our skilled team can help you come to a decision that best suits your needs and budget as well as personal style.