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Which type of flooring is best for you?

November 2, 2020

During a renovation, you will likely be faced with the question, which type of flooring do you want? Our Designer will help you when you’re weighing up your options and can explain the benefits of each. Prior to your renovation, it’s important to have a good understanding of all your flooring options to ensure you achieve the perfect look without compromising on durability. 

Laminate flooring

A popular choice in condos and areas of high traffic. Laminate is a compressed fibreboard plank, covered with a photographic image of wood with a protective overlay. 

While Laminate is one of the most cost-effective ways to update your flooring, it won’t have the same feel underfoot as real wood. Laminate can be waterproof and hardwearing meaning it can withstand some wear and tear. A top tip is to always ask the pros to install this type of flooring. While it may look easy to install with the click and lock design, poorly installed flooring can move, swell and look unattractive without a professionals help. 

Luxury Vinyl 

This is also another popular option that is durable, waterproof, and looks like hardwood. 

Luxury Vinyl is made up of multiple layers that withstand moisture, heavy foot traffic, scratches, and spills making it great for pet owners or people with children. This flooring is great for the whole house including, kitchens and bathrooms. The installation requires a totally flat sub-level which means experts may need to be brought in to level your sub-flooring. There is also the option to have the flooring glued down ensuring there is no bounce. Lastly, luxury vinyl is typically warmer underfoot than tiles or laminate. 

Hardwood Flooring

There are many different options for hardwood flooring. Solid hardwood is a premium option for lower-traffic areas such as living rooms. Solid hardwood brings elegance and luxury to the rooms it’s installed into and comes in a number of different wood types. 

Alternatively, engineered Hardwood is a hybrid flooring option that utilizes hardwood and other materials to produce a cost-effective flooring option that’s more stable than solid wood floors. 

Once you have decided on the type of hardwood, you are able to move onto the decision around the specific type of wood. For example white Oak, Ash, Acacia. We recommend you speak with our Designer or your flooring vendor when deciding on the specific type of wood. Colour is important, however, different types of woods have different benefits. 

Carpet 

Carpet has typically been avoided as an option all throughout the house, however, there are certain rooms which it works well for such as the bedrooms. A carpet is a cozy option as it provides thermal insulation and resistance. Carpet can also trap dust, pollen, and other particles, removing them from the breathing zone. Ideal for homes with very young or very old family members as it’s much softer to fall onto and can limit noise traveling. 

The obvious disadvantages of carpet is the level of cleaning required and the possible risk of stains. Furthermore, it’s not the best option for those with pets as it’s harder to keep clean. The last thing to consider is durability. Carpet (depending on the quality) also doesn’t normally last as long.

Contact us to discuss your flooring options.

Annabelle Wilson

Annabelle Wilson

Marketing Manager
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