Choosing the best flooring for your redecorating project depends on many different factors, including room function, usage patterns, budget, personal taste, and material preferences. You want a solution that is practical, easy to care for, and also provides a style that you love. Here are some things you need to consider if you want to make a choice that you’ll be happy with for years to come.

Room Usage

For each room you’ll be redecorating, think about how the space will be used. How many people are typically moving through the room? Are there set patterns, such as a pathway through the room that will receive more wear and tear? Will you have children playing in the space? Pets can also add additional wear. How long do you hope your new floor will last before it needs replacing again? Kitchens and bathrooms have their own unique issues. Bathroom floors are exposed to moisture all the time, and kitchens need materials that can be thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis.

 Materials

 Linoleum

Linoleum is a popular choice for kitchens because it is easy to clean and relatively inexpensive. Linoleum is available in a very wide range of colours and designs, providing a budget friendly way to create a great look.

 Ceramic Tile

Tiles are more expensive than linoleum but are an even more popular choice, especially for kitchens and baths, due to their durability. Tiles are available in just as wide a range of colours and patterns as linoleum.

Some home improvement experts advise replacing your subfloor before installing tiles, because tiles and grouting can crack if your house has structural movement (aka “settling”). This step adds to the initial cost of installing the tile but can ensure that your tile floor has a long life.

The major negative factor is that tiles are slippery when wet and can be dangerous to fall on. So if you have young children just learning to walk, you might want to put a rug down over the tile in the short term.

Stone

Granite, marble, and limestone are popular bathroom flooring options because they are impervious to moisture. These materials are incredibly durable, but can be pricey options. The materials themselves are more expensive, and you’ll need to count on hiring an expert to install them. If this type of surface is within your budget, the results can be outstanding.

Carpet

Carpet creates a soft surface and can provide some thermal and sound insulation to a room. Carpets can also be very budget friendly, though inexpensive carpet may not last for too many years. Carpet is available in many styles and colours. It can be made of natural materials such as wool or synthetic fibres engineered to be stain resistant, such as nylon. Using thick, quality padding underneath can lengthen the life of the carpeting you choose.

Wood

Wood flooring feels warmer underfoot than tile and can be easier on your back and feet. Wood is a durable choice because it is stain resistant and can be sanded and refinished multiple times over the years for a revitalised look. Oak, pine, birch, and maple are all popular hardwoods used in flooring. For more information check out solid wood floors comparison on  www.tedtodd.co.uk. Wood is available in many styles, colours, and price ranges. Here are some current popular options:

Wide Plank

Wide plank floors provide beauty and durability and can be easier to install because there are fewer seams.

 Reclaimed

Reclaimed wood from historical buildings is environmentally friendly because you are not using new materials. It also adds a traditional and luxurious look. Reclaimed pine is a very durable and popular option.

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 Ebonized

Ebonized wood provides a deep, black surface that looks very contemporary and wears well. Walnut, cherry, and oak are all hardwoods that work well with this process.

 Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus flooring is a great choice for environmentally conscious decorating because the wood grows very quickly. It can also be budget friendly.

Wood floors are not recommended for areas with constant moisture, such as bathrooms and basements. If you want a wood look in these spaces, you’ll get more durability by using a wood laminate.

 Wood Laminate

 Wood laminate consists of a multiply core covered with a thin veneer of hardwood. This engineered product resists expansion and contraction better than actual wood, so it can be used in places where moisture is an issue.

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 Once you look at how your space will be used and develop a general budget for what you want to spend, then the fun part of the research begins. With such a wide variety of materials in so many colours, textures and styles, you should have no trouble choosing a floor that will look great in any room of your house for many years to come.

Guest Post by Ted Todd

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