With so many flooring options on the market, it’s easy to let your heart rule your head. But some materials are more suited than others when it comes to bathrooms, kitchens, and stairs.
So make sure you choose the best and most suitable option possible by reading the guide below.
The living room is probably the easiest room to select flooring for. The temperature and humidity are usually kept around the same level all year round. While spillages are (hopefully) rare.
Hard wood, bamboo, carpet, laminate and vinyl flooring are all suitable options, the only thing to remember is that your living room is usually the main entertaining space, so you want something which looks as good as new for as long as possible.
Your kitchen floor has to put up with a lot. Spillages are common, so you need something that is easy to clean and won’t be damaged by regular exposure to moisture.
Vinyl and laminate flooring coverings are the perfect solution as they quite simply wipe clean and can cope with just about anything you throw at it.
Bathrooms by the very nature of them get wet, so carpet and hard wood floors are definitely a no no.
As well as the hygiene issues around a carpet, the regular change in moisture level can cause real problems. It can also affect the structure of wooden flooring, so vinyl, tiles and laminate are again the best options.
When it comes to a hall and stairway, carpet is the most popular option, although it's essential to make sure it’s a hard-wearing one to cope with the through traffic. The main reason for the popularity is that carpet is warm, inviting and can add a touch of colour to any home.
Timber flooring and vinyl will also work, but laminate should be avoided so you can make sure accidents in the home aren’t down to a slippy surface.
In a conservatory, the only flooring choice to rule out is hard wood, because of the huge variations in both temperature and humidity.
Laminate and vinyl are the most hard wearing, while carpet is perfect if you need to retain heat.
Just as in a conservatory real wood flooring should be avoided in basements too. Even if they’ve been completely converted it can be hard to regulate temperature and humidity which can both hugely affect the structure and stability of wood flooring.