What to consider when choosing flooring for your home

by Hannah

When it comes to choosing the flooring in your property, it can feel that there is an overwhelming choice of flooring for all budgets and needs. Although carpet is without a doubt the most comfortable to walk on, it’s not always going to practical in many parts of your home.

You need to consider how much you are willing to spend and how durable you need it to be and this will very much depend on what areas you need it installing and who will be using it.  If it’s comfort all the way for you with carpet, then it’s often not always going to be practical to have carpet in ever

Most houses will have areas such as the hallway and kitchen that are ‘heavy traffic’ areas, so these will most likely be your priority when it comes to choosing what you’ll go for. Kids and pets play a large part in how well your floor will end up faring in the long run, so it’s well worth putting some extra thought into what type you need to be investing in.

If you live in an older house, then you might want flooring that suits the style of your property. Period properties in particular that already have solid wood flooring (or at least once used to), can benefit from engineered wood flooring that gives the same look as solid wood flooring, with a top layer made of real wood, but is often more stable and durable than traditional floorboards and easier to install too.

We have LVT throughout the downstairs of our new build house (except the lounge) and we’ve found so far that it’s been extremely resilient with three children and various contractors traipsing through the house. Although it does show marks and stains much more than a darker floor would, it’s super easy to clean and being a light grey wood effect in colour, is really in keeping with the overall look of the house and keeps it feeling light and airy.  We felt that traditional looking wood wouldn’t really suit the aesthetics of the kitchen in particular. Had we opted for a more traditional looking kitchen, then perhaps we would have chosen an oak colour.

Overall, you want your chosen flooring to be low maintenance, durable, in-keeping with your style and within your budget. There are so many types available now that there is an option to suit all everyone.

Nb. Collaborative post.

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