There is a lot to consider when it comes to choosing the right flooring for your home. All flooring types have their pros and cons. We will we walk you through each flooring type and discuss their main attributes from durability, warmth, cost, look and purpose.
Suitable for: Living areas for those on a lower budget
Laminate is your low-cost flooring alternative to hardwood for those who love the hardwood look but are working on a lower budget. Whilst those in the know will be able to pick the difference, laminate can easily get away with looking much like the real thing to the everyday eye. Made with an MDF core and polymer finish, laminate is both hard-wearing and easily installed. Unlike hardwood, it cannot be polished or refinished if damaged, but the click together planks allow you to replace sections as needed.
Suitable for: Living and wet areas where durability is important
Vinyl planks are another cost-effective flooring solution that is both hardwearing and does not suffer under the effects of water. It comes in both wood and tile variations and is suitable for both living and wet areas.
Suitable for: All areas due to its strength and water resistance
Hybrid flooring is the result of the combination of vinyl planks and laminate. It combines the strength of laminate and soft feel of vinyl planks to create a waterproof flooring alternative.
Suitable for: Those looking for an ecofriendly hardwood alternative
Bamboo is an eco-friendly flooring alternative to hardwood with good durability and wear factor. It is able to be stained like hardwood and gives a lighter look to your floors when compared to hardwood.
Suitable for: Living areas for those with a higher flooring budget
Solid hardwood flooring remains one of the most popular and hard-wearing flooring options for those with the budget to allow for it. Made from a single piece of hardwood such as oak, walnut and cherry, with a choice of unfinished and prefinished and solid or engineered form. Hardwood is susceptible to moisture so is suitable for living areas but avoid wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms.
Suitable for: those looking for an eco-friendly, on-trend flooring alternative.
Cork flooring, from the bark of the cork oak tree, is another lower cost ecofriendly flooring alternative that is rising in popularity. Cork floors will need resealing every three to five years to protect against moisture and for maintenance purposes.
The choice is yours. Arm yourself with the knowledge to choose the best flooring option for your home.
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