Nowadays, we are faced with so many different flooring options on the market and don’t be surprised if you get a little confused. If you are designing a new home or simply planning to renovate you should know the pros and cons of various flooring types.
Before making any decision, you should consider few factors such as your budget, floor durability, the difficulty of installation and how much time and effort you are prepared to spend on cleaning and maintenance. Keep in mind that one type might be easy to install, but is hard to clean. Another might be durable but is more expensive.
One of the main benefits associated with tiled floors is the ease of maintenance. Tiles have been used for centuries to provide a durable coated surface that is hygienic and easy to clean. Not requiring any special cleaning solutions, tiles are easiest to clean than most flooring options.
Choosing ceramic or porcelain tiles, it doesn’t matter – they can be very easily repaired if damaged. Always keep an additional box of tiles for future repairs because often there are differences between two batches. You can choose from a variety of colours and designs, for indoors and outdoors. Timber look tiles especially are very popular as an outdoor flooring option. Tiles also offer the advantage of being waterproof, so if you have a dishwasher or washing machine leak, they can be easily cleaned without damage. Not everyone prefers this type of flooring, because of their harsh nature. They are considered as not suitable for a comfortable living.
Timber flooring options come in two types. Hardwood flooring is constructed as a single piece of timber and the engineered wood contains four to five layers of timber fused together.
Hardwood floors can be sanded and refinished many times over their lifetime. From one side, they are extremely durable and extremely easy to clean, from another side. Solid Tongue is one of the most expensive flooring timber options. If you are looking for a luxurious feel – invest in this type of flooring and you will not regret it. Engineered wood offers all the benefits of natural timber flooring without the need for sanding and polishing. They can be ideal for below grade installation as it is much more resistant to the effects of moisture than Hardwood. Extremely fast installation is one of the biggest factors that affect the decision for purchasing this type of flooring.
Increasingly popular, bamboo flooring is an eco-friendly flooring option that is extra durable and easy to install and clean. This type of flooring is favourite among allergy and asthma suffers due to its resistance to dust and mould. It’s considered as highly renewable option for modern homes and can be found in many textures and colours. These floors are extremely easy to dent and scratch and bamboo colouration is sensitive to sunlight and may fade over time.
Nothing adds visual warmth and comfort like carpets. They are available in a variety of colours and patterns – making them a perfect flooring option for any home décor and lifestyle. A carpeted floor is a safe floor, reducing the impact of slipping and falling. Also reducing the noise is a factor plus. Compared to other flooring options, carpets can be difficult and costly to clean. Whether your choice is natural wood or a selection of nylon and fibres – carpet will always provide years of pleasure.