SolidWoodFlooringOne of the best ways to spruce up a dated-looking room is by replacing the flooring. But nowadays, with so many different flooring options available to consumers, it can be hard deciding on a new floor. Here, we look at the various options and how you can choose between them.

Vinyl: One of the most popular and practical type of flooring around, vinyl is both easy to lay and hardwearing – and it looks great too. You can buy vinyl either in rolls that can be laid out across your floor or in more manageable tiles. It’s waterproof, and so works well in areas such as kitchens and bathrooms where you need to prevent moisture damage. You can purchase vinyl flooring at most large home stores.

Ceramic tiling: Another practical choice, ceramic tiles are long-lasting and offer better colour permanence than many other styles. There are plenty of designs and colour combinations available – and you can even get creative by inventing your own pattern. While they are more pricey than vinyl, ceramic tiles are still a relatively cheap option. Again, they work well in high-moisture environments where the floor needs extra protection.

Hardwood: Hardwood floors generally come in the form of planks, and are available in a multitude of different woods – but oak, pine and maple are among the most popular. There are many advantages to installing hardwood, not least that it looks fantastic and will certainly add value to your house. It is also highly flexible, available in a range of shades and stains, and can be waterproofed for use in kitchens and bathrooms. Bear in mind, however, that hardwood floors are one of the most expensive flooring options and may need to be laid by an expert.

Wood variations: Because hardwood is so expensive, there are a number of other options on the market that are designed to simulate its appearance minus the high cost. Engineered wood, which looks identical to hardwood when laid, is a great choice. Large DIY stores such as Wickes offer a tasteful and convincing range of wooden looking laminate flooring options. You could also consider cheaper woods such as bamboo, eucalyptus or cork floor covering. Finally, if you admire the distressed look then consider scouring reclamation yards for aged hardwood flooring