Ago 092014
 

Whether you are revamping one room or fifty, flooring is just one of the many things you will need to consider. Typically the floor is the last item on the list to buy, but it is sensible to decide well in advance what type of flooring you plan on installing for it will make a significant difference to the overall décor. So what are the options?

 

Carpet

Carpets are always a popular choice. Carpets are available in every colour under the sun and to suit any budget. Cheap synthetic carpets are very inexpensive. They are useful if you need a budget flooring option that looks attractive in the short term, but does not have to last for many years.

More expensive wool mix carpets look better and will last longer. Carpets are suitable for most rooms, but are not such a good choice in kitchens and bathrooms.

Tiles

Ceramic, slate or stone tiles look beautiful and are extremely hard wearing. A lot of people are dissuaded from installing tiles because they think tiles are cold underfoot, but this is not necessarily the case.

Underfloor heating will ensure your floor is always warm and cosy on cold days, although if you live in a hot climate, you may welcome the feel of cold tiles underfoot.

Laminate

Laminate flooring has really taken off in popularity in the last few years. Laminate flooring is available in a multitude of different designs.

You can choose from wood effect or even tile effect laminate, and because laminate strips are very easy to install, anyone with some experience of DIY should be able to do the job. Laminate is easy to clean and suitable for all rooms in the home, although you will need to opt for a moisture resistant variety if you want to fit laminate in the bathroom or kitchen.

Natural Wood

Solid wood flooring is more expensive than laminate, but if you want a quality floor for your home, timber flooring is the perfect choice.

Solid wood floors are available in all types of wood, from pine to oak, so depending on your budget, there is bound to be one to suit.

Real wood flooring is hard wearing, but it does require maintenance in order to keep it in tip top condition and is not suitable for areas of high humidity.

Vinyl

Vinyl flooring is perfect for kitchens and bathrooms, and any other areas of high humidity. It is available in many different designs, from wood effect to modern abstract designs, so you will be spoilt for choice.

Vinyl flooring suits all budgets, but if you want a floor that is longer lasting, buy a thicker vinyl.

Concrete

If you are going for the ‘industrial’ look, polished concrete is an option. Concrete can be finished to a very high sheen and because it is so hard wearing, you won’t need to renew your flooring for decades. However, it isn’t very warm underfoot and it only comes in fifty shades of grey, unless you paint it.

Before choosing any type of flooring, draw up a list of pros and cons and decide what your budget is. That way you won’t end up making an expensive mistake.

 

This article is contributed by Marsha Thompson, a sales executive at Granwood Flooring, leading suppliers of timber flooring in Perth. She is a social worker and spends time volunteering at homeless shelters during the weekends.

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