With so many flooring options to choose from, deciding what to put down in your home, office or commercial space can be a difficult decision. The perfect floor can complement a look or inspire one altogether, but aesthetics aside – there are several other factors to consider when choosing a floor to suit your needs…
What is your budget?
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly solution, carpet or laminate flooring are the way to go. For a mid-range budget domestic hardwood and engineered wood flooring are anoption alongside higher quality laminate and vinyl flooring options. For those that see their floor more as an investment rather than a solution – exotic hardwood floors are known for their durability making them a solid long-term investment.
Where will the flooring be located?
Entryways are prone to more mess and heavy foot traffic, as such they require a durable floor solution that’s easy to clean like hardwood floors. Areas that have fluctuating humidity or are likely to incur spills (bathrooms, laundries, basements) should steer clear of carpet or hardwood floors and opt for a tiled solution as they maintain their structure regardless of temperature changes and are less likely to harbour mould or mildew.
Consider your family and lifestyle
If you’re furnishing your home, it’s important to consider the people who will be in it. With young children comes wear and tear from spills, running around and playing with toys. Pets can have accidents and scratch floors if their nails are too long. Vinyl and laminate floors are extremely durable and resilient making them a great choice for homes with children and pets. While carpet is comfortable and great to catch off-balance toddlers, it doesn’t fare as well with spills and can house dust and dander which isn’t great for anyone with allergies. Hardwood floors are extremely allergy-friendly as any residual dirt or residue can easily be removed with minimal effort.