How to choose the right flooring for your home

When it comes to choosing the right flooring for your home your Architect will be able to help you decide what types will suit your needs. Whether it be for a home with a growing family that needs a hard-wearing floor or comfortable carpets, there are so many different types of flooring to choose from. The first thing you need to do is decide which rooms in your home are the most used and may need a more resilient type of flooring and which rooms you would want more comfort in your flooring. Hallways and kitchens will need a more sturdy types of flooring than bedrooms and living rooms.

Types of Flooring

Tiles
With so many different types, styles and sizes of tile flooring available, choosing the right one can be a bit daunting if you don’t know what you want. This is where your Architect can advise you on the type and style of tile flooring that will match your home perfectly. They will help you decide if you want Ceramic, Slate, Stone or Marble tile flooring, big or small size tiles and everything in between. Letting your Architect help you decide will make sure you find the right tile flooring for you.

Hard Wood
There are two types of hard wood flooring for you to choose from, Solid Hardwood and Engineered Hardwood. Neither one is better than the other, both have their pros and cons. Solid hardwood is flooring made from one piece of wood and is about 2cm thick. Solid hardwood expands and shrinks based on the humidity in your home so if your home is prone to damp solid hardwood may not be for you. Engineered hardwood is layers of wood bonded together with adhesive. They way Engineered hardwood is made means that it does not react to humidity so is chosen by more people. Oak, Cherry and Maple are the best to choose for their strength. But wood like Mahogany will look stunning in any room. Talk to your Architect about which will be best for you.

Laminates
Laminate flooring is suitable for those who may not have a lot of money to invest in their floors. It is very hard wearing and durable and comes in many colours and styles. ~It can create a beautiful finish for a lot less than hardwood flooring would cost and is a very popular choice for many homes. But like solid hardwood flooring it does not react well to humidity. It can be great for hallways and living rooms but will not work so well in kitchens or bathrooms where there can be a lot of moisture. Your Architect will be able to assist you in deciding which rooms in your home are suitable for laminate flooring.

Vinyl
Vinyl flooring is a popular choice for busy rooms in your home, particularly the kitchen and bathroom. Vinyl flooring is water resistant and durable at a lower cost than wooden floors. Vinyl flooring is laid in either sheets, which is more water proof and easier to install, or tiles, which can have the look of a ceramic floor without the price.

Carpet
When it come to having a comfortable flooring surface nothing beats a nice plush carpet. It is easier to match a colour scheme with carpet and can really give a luxurious feel to your living rooms and bedrooms. With so may different styles, colours and pile thickness carpet can be as cheap or as expensive as you want. It is definitely one of the most versatile types of flooring for your home. Obviously carpet is not suitable for kitchens and bathrooms but mixes really well with all the other types of flooring available to you.

Before you choose any type of flooring for your home, always consult with your Architect. They are one of the best people to talk to when it comes to choosing the best type of flooring for your home.

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