Flooring that meets your needs

2015-04-30 14:54

FLOORS need to set the mood and tone of a room while at the same time offering durability and easy maintenance. With hundreds of flooring options to choose from it can be overwhelming for first time homeowners to select the right flooring for their new home.

Whether you are after convenience or style, it is important to pick the right flooring options to suit your lifestyle to ensure that you receive the most from your floors. For the perfect combination of beauty and durability, consider the following when shopping for flooring for your new home.

Functionality: The function of a room influences the flooring required. For example, wooden flooring works beautifully in the living room, bedrooms and dining rooms it is warm and comfortable underfoot, long-lasting and offers a gorgeous aesthetic. However, it is certainly not an option for the bathroom, as wooden flooring will warp due to the high moisture content in this space. For wet areas, such as kitchens and bathrooms, vinyl, tiles and screed flooring are better options.

Foot traffic: Consider whether the room will have a high or low traffic flow and how much wear and tear the new flooring will be exposed to, says Floors Direct marketing manager, Helen Marshall. For a high traffic area, make sure you choose a durable option that is easy to maintain. Rooms that experience high footfall, such as the entrance area, passage and kitchen require flooring that is resistant to water, stains, scratches and scuff-marks - for these areas, non-slip tiles and screed flooring are ideal options, she says.

Installation: Decide whether you are going to install the floor yourself or whether a supplier will install it, as this will have an impact on the end cost. Request a few samples to take home and view in the area where the flooring will be installed, advises Marshall - this allows you to view the sample in the correct lighting and to determine whether it matches the rest of the décor.

Style: Select colours that complement the mood that you would like to create and match your décor style. For a calming ambience, select lighter more neutral colours. If you would like to create a warm and cosy look, try a dark wood option, says Marshall. Laminate flooring for example, is available in a wide range of colour options and is an affordable option to replicate the look of real wooden floors. Bamboo is one of the most environmentally friendly flooring options you can choose for your home and it is exceptionally durable, offering beautiful visual appeal to any room it graces. For that premium authentic look, consider solid wood flooring that will provide your home with warm ambiance and years of good service.

Maintenance: Everyone wants to keep their floors looking like new, therefore analysing the cost of care and maintenance is an essential part of the buying process. In a house where residents lead and active lifestyle or where family and friends are often entertained, avoid flooring that requires a lot of care and maintenance, such as light carpeting for example, says Marshall. She says that for these areas, laminate floors are a good option, as they are extremely easy to maintain and dirt can simply be mopped away with a microfibre mop or damp cloth. When opting for solid wood floors, make sure that they require no sanding or sealing once installed, but that they are ready to be installed and walked upon immediately.

Future needs: If you would like to change your decor scheme in the near future or if you know your needs are going to change, opt for flooring that is easier to replace or a more permanent option with a timeless appeal. Laminate flooring for example, is a floating floor system and is therefore not nailed to the subfloor - it is inexpensive and relatively easy to replace. Solid wood flooring is more expensive and hence, considered a long-term investment and a permanent fixture - it also has the benefit of offering a timeless elegance that goes with most décor styles.

Tiles are a very functional choice, although they can be cold underfoot, but they can be costly and time-consuming to have them changed, so be sure to choose a classical style in a neutral colour to ensure a long-lasting aesthetic appeal. Carpeting is comfortable and warm underfoot, and a great choice for bedrooms. However, it requires a lot of maintenance and it is not the best choice if you are planning to start a family or considering adopting a pet.

- Property24

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