The right kind of flooring in a home can make a real difference to how a rich room looks and feels. These days you have a huge amount of options to explore, so it’s worth taking your time and really considering what the best kind of flooring would be for a particular area. A great way to familiarize yourself with what’s currently available is to browse around your local carpet stores.
The flooring that you choose should be easy to maintain, durable and attractive and add value to your home. There are quite a few factors to consider. One of the main questions you have to ask will be if the area getting the new flooring is high-traffic. If it is, then you may want to consider a heavy duty or extra durable flooring that’s super easy to keep clean, resists stains and wears well …
Some suitable solutions may be a hard flooring such as laminate or vinyl, or possibly a heavy-duty carpet. There is also a product line option of colorful linoleum, rubber flooring (good sound insulator) or wood flooring. If it’s in an area in your home where you want to sit and relax, then you may want carpeting as it is far more luxurious and comfortable. Another option would be to go for a more natural look in your flooring such as a hardwood or laminate, then use area rugs to warm it up a bit and give it a cozy feel.
If it’s in a high-traffic area like a passageway or hallway, then a hardwood or laminate can be most practical as it’s quickly and easily mopped or steamed clean. A natural wood finish can look very warm and can really add to the look of a home while increasing its value. Once installed, it’s flooring that’s easy to maintain and can last many years.
In low traffic areas such as bedrooms, new carpet can be very nice. Its soft and plush underfoot, and helps to absorb sounds and protect privacy. Carpet installation is fast and easy, and you get a vast amount of choices in colors, patterns and textures. It’s worth having the carpet professionally cleaned at set intervals, which will help to prolong the life of the carpet and improve your flooring appearance.
If there are disadvantages to a carpet installation, one would be that they can trap dust. Someone who suffers from allergies may find this to be a problem, but in most cases just regular vacuuming will keep the problem under control. You should consider buying a good underlay for your new carpet as it can help to lengthen the life of the carpet, and makes it feel more padded and even softer to walk on.
New carpet should generally be avoided in rooms where there is aa abnormal amount of moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens. These areas need a flooring solution that’s easy to keep clean and won’t hold moisture. A suitable option could be ceramic floor tiles, wood flooring (as long as it’s well sealed), or vinyl flooring which will resist water.
The colorful ceramic floor tiles can look really good, but it’s worth mentioning that they’re very slippery when wet, so get low slip tiles if they will be exposed to moisture. They can also be unforgiving to the feet if you have to stand on them for any length of time. If you use them in a kitchen it could be helpful to get a gel mat to stand on. These are specially manufactured for kitchens and are very wear-resistant. Whatever type of flooring you’re after, your local carpet stores will be able to help you make that right choise of flooring options for your home.