With there being so many flooring options available on today’s market, making the right choice can be a big stress in itself. Sometimes we just need someone with the knowledge to tell us exactly what suits our needs the best. We’ve come up with the main factors that you’re likely need to take into consideration.
Like any big purchase (unless you’re lucky) money is the main thing we look at. Therefore, before you start going to the stores and looking online, take your time to determine exactly how much you’re able to spend. Not only is this sensible, but it saves disappointment, you don’t want to fall in love with a gorgeous solid wood floor to then find out its way out of your budget! It’ll also narrow down the options, making shopping for a new floor much less of a minefield. However, this works the other way around too. Although you might be looking for the cheapest option possible, be aware of the benefits of spending a little more on a higher quality flooring – balance is key.
Consider who’s in your household
Of course, if you’re from a household with children and pets then this is likely to impact on your choice. If you have both of them around, then some options such as carpet and tiles might be a big no. The good news is there are loads of durable and easy to maintain options out there that will be perfect for your busy family home. It’s also likely that you’ll have some sort of budget to stick to, so price is important too. As first choice, we’d recommend Luxury Vinyl Tiles, with it probably being the easiest to maintain choice available along with incredible durability. Laminate is probably the next best choice, with it offering a resistance to stains, scratches and water and very tough.
Think about traffic
This does largely come down to whether you come from a busy household or not, however the room you’re looking to lay your new flooring in is important too. Rooms with low traffic such as the bedroom are fine with materials such as carpet and solid wood. Both of these materials are warm and soft under foot, as well as being great insulators.
Rooms with heavy traffic such as the kitchen and living room require something a little more durable and resistant to wear and tear. With this in mind LVT, laminate and even wood flooring are sensible options. Wood notably is likely to last a lifetime if cared for properly, you’ll enjoy this beautiful natural material for years to come.
Cleaning and maintenance
As boring as it is, cleaning is something we’re just going to have to keep on top of with our new floors. If we are spending a lot of our hard-earned cash on flooring, then we’ll want to get the most out of it! Again, wood, laminate and LVT are all easy to keep clean and maintain, whereas we’d stay away from materials such as carpet as they harbour dirt and dust. If you want to go one step further to preserve the beauty of your new floors, then specialist cleaner for all flooring options are available.
Although laminate and LVT are usually better at resisting scratches, stains and water, there’s a way to eradicate any damage with wood. It can be sanded down and refinished a number of times depending on thickness and wear layer. This should not normally need to be done for the first 15-20 years, so you can only imagine how long these stunning floors can last.
There’s no point in purchasing a floor that you don’t like the look of! In terms of style and fashion, wood flooring has unbeatable charm and character, as well as being at the height of fashion. However, it’s no secret that wood flooring isn’t cheap and not many of us can afford it lay it in every room in our home. If you need something at a cheaper price, then LVT and laminate come in very realistic impressions of real wood, that often it’s hard to tell them apart.
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