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What Flooring Is Best?

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When building a new home or renovating, flooring is one major aspect that requires careful thought.

The type of flooring you choose depends on your budget, personal taste, and the traffic the floor gets.

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What Flooring Is Best?

Main Types

Vinyl Flooring (Lino)

Vinyl, or lino, is a budget option and can be a good choice for certain rooms.

It is particularly good for floors that can get a bit wet as it’s so easy to mop and clean. Rooms like the kitchen, laundry, bathroom, kids’ playroom and where pets sleep.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Variety of colours & designs
  • Easy to clean up spills, pet accidents, water

Cons:

  • Not as hard wearing as other choices
  • Any damage means replacing whole floor (as laid in one sheet)

Vinyl Plank Flooring

Vinyl plank flooring is a step up from the vinyl sheeting as it replicates the look of timber boards quite convincingly. It is also durable and able to handle high foot traffic.

Vinyl planks are laid in planks, so it’s easier to replace a damaged section than a whole vinyl floor sheet.

Another feature is that the layers used to create vinyl plank flooring provide a nice and cushioned feeling underfoot.

Pros:

  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Durable
  • Available in many timber and colour finishes
  • Easy to lay yourself (if good at DIY)
  • Soft underfoot

Cons:

  • Doesn’t look quite as nice as hardwood
  • Some choices aren’t as durable as others and can be scuffed easily
  • Can fade in areas exposed to extended sunlight

Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo ticks a lot of boxes for sustainability, durability, and good looks. It’s actually a grass rather than wood and is engineered to become hard floorboards.

Bamboo grows voraciously making it a top renewable flooring source. It looks great, suitable for most rooms and can easily handle high traffic.

There are different types (vertical, horizontal, strand woven) which have varying looks and strengths. Strand woven bamboo flooring is the hardest and most expensive type.

Pros:

  • Sustainable natural flooring source
  • Very durable
  • Clean look

Cons:

  • Lacks thermal warmth of timber as thinner
  • Inexpensive bamboo flooring types scratch and dent easily
  • Some types produced with toxic glues (do your homework)

Timber Flooring

It’s hard to beat the look and feel of natural timber flooring. It does come at a cost though, which must be factored into your new home or reno budget.

If laid and sealed properly, timber floorboards are also exceptionally durable and easy to clean. There are a variety of timber options, so price varies accordingly.

Pros:

  • Depending on timber type, it’s a renewable source.
  • Warm look and feel
  • Thermal properties
  • Feels good underfoot
  • Adds atmosphere

Cons:

  • Not recommended for rooms with regular spills, wet and dampness (kitchens, bathrooms, laundries)
  • May require maintenance in high traffic areas

Concrete Flooring

Many people love concrete flooring for it’s industrial modern look. It can also be finished in a variety of styles depending on your taste.

Pros:

  • Modern look
  • Various finishes
  • Thermal properties
  • Easy to clean
  • Tough as

Cons:

  • Feels cold underfoot (in cool seasons)
  • For some, has a cool appearance
  • Factor in buying extra rugs

Carpet

There are so many types and quality levels of carpets that it takes some research to pick what you want and can afford. There is something special about walking barefoot on a beautiful carpet that’s hard to beat.

Pros:

  • Huge variety of colours and feels
  • Budget to expensive options
  • Options for high traffic, low traffic, everything in between

Cons:

  • Requires regular vacuuming
  • Not recommended for rooms with regular spills, wet and dampness (kitchens, bathrooms, laundries)
  • Not easy to clean pet accidents

Summary

We hope this summary of what flooring is best is helpful and puts you in the right direction.

Don’t forget that our designers can easily help you focus and provide the best solutions for your style and needs. A professional touch can make all the difference!

If you’d like to move to the next step in your new home journey, get in touch so our expert designers can bring your ideas to life.

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