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Which type of flooring should I choose?

 

laminate wood flooring 

 

Everyone likes to get the most from their floor but choosing the right type of flooring isn't as easy as you think.  Whether it is a small rug, or and entire floor, making the right choice, and knowing how to care for it afterwards can make a real difference to the enjoyment and longevity of your floor, whether it is in your home, office or place of work.

 

The Purpose

 

Flooring type makes a huge difference to the look and feel of a space, and there are many factors to consider when choosing.  

 

The first question to ask yourself is “where does it need to go”. 

For work spaces, offices, commercial retail shops or in your home in areas such as hallways and kitchens, hard surfaces like laminate, wood or robust carpet work well, whereas in a living room or bedroom, the warmth and comfort of carpet might be more desirable.

 

The second question to answer is probably “what does this floor need to do”?

It may be that the floor has to be really tough and stand up to a high footfall or its primary function may be simply to look good and complement an existing décor.  

 

Thirdly and for a lot of people the most important is “How much can I spend”?

If you have a reasonable amount of budget you may be well placed to average between the majority type of flooring but if you have something limited then it can steer you towards a particular type of floor that is not only cheaper to buy but less to maintain in the long term.

 

Installation

 

Other practicalities to consider are whether flooring needs to be laid by a professional or can be a DIY.  These factors have considerable impact on the overall cost of re-flooring and the time it will take.  Installation time and cost will depend on the type of flooring you choose and it is worth taking time to consider all the options.

 

Carpet

 

Warm and cosy, carpet has long been a popular choice in homes.  Although it can be slightly cheaper on the square meter but carpet usually has to be laid by a professional.  If you can manage to hold a strict no shoes policy in the house it can demand relatively little maintenance, with regular vacuuming and occasional spot-cleaning usually sufficient to keep it looking its best.  

 

However it could be the worst enemy for dust allergy sufferers and if you have a damp problem things can get bad to worse very quickly ruining the carpet.  But if you don’t have these problems carpet is a much more comfortable floor to walk, sit, crawl and play on.

 

Laminate

 

A supremely practical choice, laminate flooring with its great choice of colours and designs can add the wow factor to your living space whatever your theme and the style of décor you set out to achieve.  As this option could be very affordable you can consider replacing the whole floor throughout the house and really transform your home.  

 

When it comes to maintenance and care spills are easy to clean up on this type of floor with a damp mop as well as being hard wearing.

 

If you are thinking of adding under floor heating don’t rule this innovative option out because you can now get laminate floors that are made for this purpose.  It is important to check technical precautions carefully with the manufacturer as the process of heating and cooling can compromise the integrity of the floor and interfere with the moisture barrier.  

 

If loosing warmth is what you are worried this can easily be resolved with use of a nice large comfy rug to that reaches your feet right under the edges of your sofas and still exposing your magnificent wood effect floor.

 

Most laminate floors are easy to lay, especially if they come with a click system that is basically a tongue and groove pattern that easily locks in to hold two planks together.  As long as the surface it is to be laid on is flat, laminate can be used in any room and installation can be fairly easy to DIY. In areas that are likely to be subject to moisture and humidity, it is important to make sure you have chosen a product and underlay that is specifically designed to cope with this.

 

So you have a lot of choice when it comes to laminated flooring products and with evolving technology this type of product is becoming more versatile with some amazingly realistic looking designs.

 

Wood

 

Practical and beautiful, a solid wood flooring adds a luxurious feel to any home.  There is a good choice of different woods available, all with distinct patterns of grains and colours due to its natural source.   Wooden flooring is extremely hardwearing, in most case more than laminate but can require more attention and careful looking after as harsh cleaning materials can cause the surface seal to break down over time.  

 

Natural wood floors such as Oak does have the advantage that it can be sanded and resealed, restoring it to its original glory, but this is an additional expense after you have splurged quite a bit already to have it installed. The extra cost for life of the floor should be considered with the relative costs of different flooring options as it does make a difference.

 

As costly as it sounds you are paying for something naturally beautiful and timeless that will return great value in any home.

 

Tips & Advice

 

Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) are a supremely practical choice and at the same time, a luxurious flooring choice.  From warm terracotta, strongly contrasting black and white to even wood effect, LVT can fit with any theme and room.  The recent drop in prices being lower than ever it may be a good time to consider this type of flooring.

 

Consider the sensitive people in your home. Laminated floors can also be an excellent choice for allergy sufferers as pollen, dust and other allergens will simply rest on the surface and are easily removed with a damp cloth.  

 

Hard floors can be a practical choice, especially in busy family homes, but there may be areas where the warmth and non-slip character of carpet may be more desirable.  

 

Before making a final flooring decision, consider carefully the demands placed on the area to be covered as well as time and budgetary constraints in terms of maintenance.  

 

Get advice from your supplier about installation costs and after-care and always ask for samples, as these can help considerably with the decision-making process.