How to choose your home’s flooring
There are many things to consider when choosing the flooring for each room in your home. Check out this quick guide to help you decide.
5 types of flooring
Strong and durable, solid wood is an excellent long-term investment that never goes out of fashion.
However, this type of flooring is expensive and not suitable for damp rooms.
Ceramic flooring is popular due to its longevity, easy maintenance, and
water resistance. There’s no shortage of models and dimensions to choose from.
It’s often a favourite for high-use areas.
But be warned! Drop something breakable on this surface at your peril. This is especially the case if there are children around.
Laminate or floating flooring is more affordable than solid wood. You
can even find imitation solid wood laminate flooring. There has been an
explosion in the variety of colours and finishes in recent years. The fact that
it’s easy to lay makes it very popular.
However, it lacks the durability of other coverings and often cannot be recycled. It is also susceptible to water damage but there are now waterproof models available, albeit more expensive.
Vinyl flooring’s major plus points are without doubt its toughness and versatility. Some vinyl flooring can reproduce the hardwood or stone look very well. There are many varieties and variants (plank, roll, tile, etc.) available, and it’s easy to find an affordable covering that fits your budget.
However, because vinyl is plastic-based, it is more polluting and difficult to recycle.
Carpet is making a big comeback, especially those made from natural fibres. People love it because it’s comfy and helps reduce noise. However, it is not well suited to damp rooms, and may aggravate allergies.
The best options for these 6 areas
Since it’s the busiest area in your home, opt for a sturdy, resistant and easy-to-clean covering such as ceramic that you can match with the backsplash.
This room requires a moisture-resistant covering such as vinyl or ceramic (you can even opt for a heated floor). These surfaces will be easier to clean.
Solid wood and laminate flooring are ideal for people prone to allergies, while carpet offers more comfort.
Consider ceramic and vinyl as they are not affected by dampness. However, laminate can also work.
Entrance and hallways
A strong covering such as vinyl or wood can withstand constant coming and going.
These busy common areas are less at risk of water damage and are ideally suited to vinyl, wood, or laminate flooring. Why not add a decorative mat to bring some extra warmth to the room?
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