Once you start looking what type of flooring to choose, you will find that it’s not easy to decide what exactly you may need. In this article we list the important factors to consider when deciding on what type of flooring to choose for your home – style, comfort, lifestyle, budget, climate, and degree of use all play a part in determining what your flooring choices should be. Once you've answered these questions, the choice of flooring should be almost easy!
Style. The style of your house can determine the best flooring for you. Hardwood flooring is likely to be the best choice if your home is formal and elegant. On the other hand, if your home is noisy and filled with people, carpet may give the desired results: as it may also muffle some of that sound, so that you don't feel as if you are living in an echo chamber! Ceramic tiles and laminate flooring are at home in nearly any type of space.
Comfort. No matter what other factors play into your flooring decision, comfort is an important one. If you spend a lot of time on the floor, or have children who do, you'll want to make sure that you choose flooring which is comfortable to sit on. Carpet is the obvious choice here, although you can also use area rugs on laminate, hardwood or tile flooring to soften them up. If you choose carpet, make sure you choose a type which meets your comfort standard. Some carpets are softer, some rougher – toddlers in your family are likely to end up with rug-burned knees! A tightly-woven, but plush carpet would be a better choice.
Lifestyle. Different types of home flooring ideas and designs require varying levels of care so this is a major consideration for how to choose flooring for your home. If you lead a very busy, active lifestyle, you will want flooring that is easy to take care of and needs very little maintenance. If you have children or pets, flooring that can be easily cleaned is definitely a plus. Hardwood flooring is easy to clean, but it needs to be refined periodically and can be easily damaged by water or spilled drinks. Laminate flooring can closely mimic the look of hardwood, without the high maintenance and susceptibility to damage from liquids. Cleaning is easy with laminates - you simply need to use a damp mop to clean it when needed. Carpet is certainly low-maintenance, but it can be very difficult to clean.
Budget. When choosing flooring for your home, cost is a huge factor. Flooring is available in a range of prices so take time to explore inexpensive flooring options. At the top end of the range is hardwoods. Laminate flooring is usually cheaper in price to hardwoods, it's more durable and needs very little in the way of upkeep, it may be more economical in the long run so will likely come in as one of the more inexpensive flooring options. Laminates can emulate the look of nearly any hardwood you can imagine. The more you spend on your laminate flooring, the more likely it will look like real hardwood. In fact, with some high-end choices, you can't tell the difference until you touch it! Ceramic tile is a less expensive option for flooring, but obviously in UK, where the weather is damp and cool most of the time – it’s not the best option to have in the rooms. Carpet can be a very inexpensive choice, or it can cost more than hardwood flooring, depending upon which carpet you choose. Very plush, dense carpets tend to be more expensive, while those with shorter, more sparse fibers are less expensive.
Climate. When you are choosing a material for your flooring, you'll want to consider the climate - if you live in a climate that is warm and fairly dry all year-round, lucky you – any flooring will be suitable! However in UK damp and chilly weather is common and you may want to stay away from hardwood flooring, which is easily damaged by moisture. Likewise, where temperatures frequently dip far below zero in winter, you may prefer carpet, which will insulate your floors better than other choices. However, this problem can be alleviated if you have in-floor heat in your home. With this heating option, plastic tubing runs in parallel lines under your subfloor, so your flooring stays warm year-round, even if they're made of ceramic tile!
Degree of use. The final factor that you should take into consideration of flooring options is the usage that the flooring will receive. If it's a very high traffic area, choose a flooring material which will stand up well to heavy use. Laminates can fill the bill here, as can ceramic tile. Hardwoods and carpets are not such a great choice for these areas.
One final note is to choose flooring that will still look great if you decide to paint or redecorate your entire home. You don't want to throw out such an investment because it no longer matches your sofa.