How to select the perfect flooring for your home

Whether you’ve been pinning away on Pinterest or earmarking pages from your favourite renovation magazines, you’ve likely found a wide range of flooring options for your home renovation and you may not know where to start. What is the right choice for your home? Are hardwood floors, carpeting, or tiles most appropriate for your lifestyle and how do you even begin to know?

Before you rush to Bunnings to make a purchase, it’s a good idea to step back and really consider your choice. Follow these recommendations and you’ll be sure to have not only the perfect flooring for the design of your home but also flooring that best suits your lifestyle.

People with pets have different considerations than those without, just as those with young children will likely place hygienic carpeting higher up on their checklist than those who don’t have children. So the key is to start by looking at your lifestyle. If you have young children you may want to consider asthma and allergy friendly carpeting. Your renovation specialist will be able to assist you with selecting a carpet that helps to keep your children safe and healthy. This is particularly a great idea if your children are prone to allergies.

Part of looking at your lifestyle is also considering how important stain resistance and durability is to you. Hardwood flooring is a great solution if this ranks at the top of your ‘must have’ list. A high amount of footfall can cause your carpet to wear and fade and if you’re constantly spilling, hardwood flooring is a much easier clean. That being said, there are some brands who offer stain resistant carpet but again if it’s in a highly trafficked area you may want to consider a pattern design rather than solid colour because it will help to distract from fading.

Whilst hardwood flooring is a great idea for your home renovation, particularly if you’re concerned about wear, it should be noted that hardwood flooring does require more attention than carpeting. You’ll need to treat your floors over the long term and also of course be careful not to use any damaging cleaning materials that could strip the wood. It also happens to be one of the more costly options. Lastly, if you do have pets, hardwood flooring is susceptible to scratches so be sure you’re willing to clip their nails regularly before making the purchase.

Tiles are a great option in warmer locations because they do they keep you cool in the hot weather, so if you constantly have sun streaming through the windows and heating up your home, tiles may be the perfect choice for you. The only downside to tiles is that designs are constantly changing and being discontinued so if you decide in five years time to expand your kitchen, you may have difficulty matching the tiles.

So ask yourself: Do you have children who suffer from allergies? Are you concerned about longevity and durability? What is the overall style of your home? What is your budget? Are you willing to maintain your flooring ongoing?

Now that you know your options, it’s time to shop around. If you have any questions or would like assistance with your renovation contact our friendly team today!

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