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Choosing The Best Flooring For Your Home…

February 18th 2013
By: Melanie

Choosing the right flooring for your home is very important. There is so much choice on the market, so we have taken a look at some of the options available for your home.
 
Wooden floors are very popular and imitation laminate floors can offer a cheaper alternative to engineered solid hardwood floors, laminate flooring became popular during the noughties, but they are less hard wearing, as they have the tendency to crack and chip after a few years, and they could put off potential buyers.
 
So what is the difference between a laminate floor and an engineered wooden floor? Laminate is a piece of plastic with a photographic image of a wood grain mounted on MDF, once a plank has been damaged it cannot be repaired. Where as engineered flooring has a veneer of real wood, between 3-7mm thick, and if damaged they can be sanded up to five times.
 
If like the look and feel of real wood, but are looking for something a bit more hardwearing to combat the wear and tear from animals and children, then a high resistance wooden flooring such as KAHRS Oak or Easy Step flooring, will offer durability and the look of real wood. Engineered wooden floors are much more expensive, but they will last years, and be a great asset if you decide to sell your home. However if you are thinking of installing wood into your home, make sure you put rugs down in winter to prevent the warm air from escaping.
 
Flooring considerations for a kitchen and bathroom could be a good quality lino, ceramic tiles or an engineered wooden floor. These are all fairly easy to clean and moisture resistant. Make sure if you tile your floor you get it treated with a sealant, as if you don’t the grout will stain after time. Some hard floors, especially ceramic tiles can be have a slippery surface, so make sure you ask before you buy them to ensure you don’t have accidents around your home, especially if you are thinking about laying them in a bathroom or kitchen.
 
Carpet is very versatile and can offer a huge choice in colour, texture and style. They also offer sound insulation, as they tend to absorb the sound, and they also feel cosy underfoot. They also help to insulate a property, as less warm air can escape. On the downside they can be harder to keep clean.  When laying carpets in your home it’s best to avoid using them in bathrooms, toilets and kitchens.
 
At the end of the day, it is down to personal choice, budge and the style of your home, so what will be the right solution for one family might not be for another, but one thing is sure which ever flooring you decide to have you will have a huge choice of colour and style.