Which Floor Is Right For Which Room?

by - April 09, 2019

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Unless they’re terrible, floors and carpets are often one of the last things you replace in your home. It’s a big job and even with an old stained carpet, with some thorough carpet cleaning you can get away with it for a long time. When it comes to replacing your carpet, you should find out if your carpet has mould and deal with that accordingly, then it might be time to look at the other options and which one works well for which room as not each type of flooring is practical in each place. Take a look at this list of the most popular kinds of flooring, their pros and cons, and the rooms for which they are best suited:

Pros: Hardwoods look lovely and are also really easy to clean.
Cons: The cost is the most significant drawback. They are also loud to walk on, and real hardwoods also need occasionally refinishing.
Best Rooms: The best place to have a hardwood floor is in a living room as it looks stylish and is also not a high-traffic area like the foyer so it can remain protected.

Pros: Glazed ceramic tile is not only water resistant, but it's very durable and resistant to scratches too. Tile comes in many sizes and materials and is also straightforward to clean.
Cons: As well as being very loud to walk on, tile can also be cold, and heating systems are costly. If tile cracks it can be hard to repair.
Best Rooms: Tile is perfect for a bathroom or a kitchen.

Pros: Laminate is excellent as it does not easily scratch, and if it does, you can rub on a little vegetable oil, and it'll come right out. Laminate can also look like real wood or tile, and it can even be difficult to tell if it is real or not.
Cons: Water can ruin laminate flooring, and if it does get destroyed, unlike real hardwoods, the laminate cannot be refinished.
Best Rooms: Laminate is excellent for busy areas of the house such as a foyer or any room with a lot of activity because of its durability. However, as it should not get wet, it's not advisable to put it in the kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room.

Pros: Carpet feels soft; it is quiet when walking on it and prevents echoing throughout a home.
Cons: Although advancements in fibre technology mean that carpet is now more stain-resistant, it can still suffer stains. Even when it's cleaned frequently, it can still contain hidden dirt.
Best Rooms: The best place for carpet is quiet rooms, such as bedrooms, to minimise the dirt that gets trapped in it. It also gives bedrooms a more cosy look and feel.

Pros: Like carpet, vinyl is gentle on your feet, and it's a cheap option compared to some of the other flooring options.
Cons: Although vinyl can look very close to wood or tile, it still does not look as good as the real thing. Vinyl can dent and tear quite quickly, and can also be tricky to clean.
Best Rooms: Vinyl works well in bathrooms and the kitchen because it adds warmth.

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