How to Choose the Right Flooring for Your Home

How to Choose the Right Flooring for Your Home

Posted 2014-09-11 by Michael Sfollow

Picking the right flooring for your home can be a daunting decision. There are a myriad of choices between tiles, carpet or floorboards. Even if you pick one of them, there are still multiple types of tiles, carpet and floorboards for you to sift through.

There are so many factors that one must take into account before you make your choice

Here are some questions you should consider before you decide which flooring option is best for your home.

Establishing how much you’ve got to spend on your floor allows you to decide what’s practical and what’s not. You have to consider the initial costs such as purchase of materials, extras and installation but savvy buyers will also take into account maintenance costs as well.

It’s usually the first thing guests notice when they cross the threshold (unless you have an incredibly striking door). It sets the mood and tone of each room. People often underrate how key your floor is to the overall design of a room.

You have to take into account what you’ll be putting your floor through. Consider the main purpose of the room (kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom) and whether the floor you’re leaning towards is built for the job. Slip resistance may be a factor especially for stairs, check with your appropriate building codes.

For big families or ones with pets, you’ll be wanting something sturdy that doesn’t scuff easily. If you have young children, keep in mind the likelihood of moisture hitting your floor.

Things like allergies and health factors also play a role when selecting your floor. If you or someone in your family suffers from allergies, carpet might not be the best choice due to their ability to hold allergens such as dust and mould.

Sound insulation may be a factor if there are dwellings below your floor. If you are living in an apartment, tiles or solid timber floors would require a more complex installation. Carpet might be an easier option, alternatively, floating floorboards with acoustic underlays are a common solution.

If you live in a location that is prone to harsh winters, then maybe thick, rugged carpet is the best type of flooring for your home. On the flip side, hardwood floors tend to have a cooling effect on the house. Some floors are more versatile than others and are more resilient to changes in climate than others.

Environmental Impact
In all areas of our lives we should be taking into account the effect we have on the world, these considerations are just as important when choosing a floor type. Remember to consider the entire lifecycle of the floor. Another important consideration is the durability and lifetime expectancy of the product, for example, given two materials with equal environmental impact, the material that has a longer life expectancy would be a better choice for the environment.

To simplify the process, the experts over at SE Timber and Floorboards Online are happy to offer their years of experience to guide you through the process.


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