Many factors come into play when deciding on the right flooring. With both looks and practicality to consider, it’s hard to pin down exactly what you want – but there’s no reason why you can’t have both! But before you set your heart on a flooring, make sure you’ve considered your personal needs first.
If this is something you already have or are planning to install, then it will massively influence your flooring choice as not all materials are compatible with it. Even if it’s not something you’re looking to get, it will help with the selling value of your property when you do decide to move on – we can definitely see all homes having underfloor heating in the next 20-30 years!
Solid wood is a beautiful and highly durable choice, but it doesn’t work with underfloor heating unfortunately! With this in mind, if you’ve already fallen for solid wood’s authentic charm but under-floor heating is important to you, then don’t worry. You can still get this tasteful look through engineered, laminate or luxury vinyl tiles which are all compatible with underfloor heating!
2. Cleaning & Maintenance
The boring bit…cleaning and maintenance! Whether we like it or not, we all have to do it and our floors need a lot of attention to keep them in top specification. This is especially important if you come from a busy family household where mopping and sweeping feels endless! Therefore, the best thing you can do to make your life easier is to reduce this as much as possible. The good news is that you should have no concerns keeping wood, LVT and laminate clean – as no dirt seeps into the surface unlike carpet which is a pain to clean and you’re always worrying about stains!
One of the best attributes of real wood flooring products is that you can sand them down if any scratches or stains do occur, perfect if your pet’s claws scratch or kid’s toys. After you sand your wood floors down, you then refinish them to create the protective wear layer. Not only can this be done once, but can usually be done a number of times depending on wear layer or thickness. So if damage is something that’s more likely to happen in your household, then opt for a wood with a thicker wear layer! However if you’re wanting something a little more wallet friendly, then vinyl is scratch, water and stain proof, making for a complete care free choice!
2. Consider a Timeless Appeal
Once you spend a lot of your hard earned cash on a new floor, you’re not likely to change it any time soon, so it’s there to stay for a while! You’re probably going to change your decor before your flooring, so it’s important that you pick a flooring that will complement all types of interior themes. Timeless appeal is important, you need to make sure you’re going to like it in ten years time! We’re not saying don’t be completely conservative in your choice, but just factor in neutrality! Not only will this make your life easier, but if and when you do come to sell, it’ll help your buyers envision their own things in your home!
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