It’s time to select the flooring for your new home, but where to begin?

Choosing flooring for your new home comes down to personal taste, budget and practicality. With such a variety of flooring on offer, it’s important you select the flooring options that best meet your lifestyle and everyday needs.

The first step when thinking of flooring for your new home is to think about how each room is likely to be used. Different types of rooms have their own special requirements. Heavy traffic areas, like entryways, should be hardwearing and durable while kitchens and bathrooms should be able to handle spills and moisture. Where acoustics and warmth are important such as in bedrooms and tv/entertainment rooms carpet offers superior insulation and soundproofing benefits.

Next consider who will be using the floors.  Flooring options that are easy to clean and maintain are top of mind for those with young children and pets. Laminates and tiles tend to stand up to heavy use, while carpets will generally show more wear.

Laminate v Carpet v Tiles….


Laminate
A synthetic and relatively inexpensive flooring material that is traditionally designed to imitate wood.

Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Inexpensive
  • Simple to remove and replace without damaging the existing flooring
  • Can be replaced slat by slat if the surface becomes damaged

Cons

  • Laminate flooring can have a “hollow” sound when walked on.
  • The thickness of the laminate and the choice of underlayment will have the greatest effect in reducing noise. Installing an acoustical underlayment is recommended to counter this issue.

Carpet
Designed for warm dry applications and are available in synthetic or natural fibers with many colours and styles to suit your personal style.

Pros   

  • Creates comfortable atmosphere
  • Insulates to retain warmer air in colder months
  • Provides soundproofing benefits.

Cons              

  • Can stain easily compared to other flooring options
  • Susceptible to wear if placed in high traffic area
  • Costly to clean

Tiles

Hard glazed tiles ceramic or porcelain have been used for centuries to provide a durable coated surface that is hygenic and easy to clean.

Pros

  • Strong
  • Durable
  • Stain resistant
  • Easy to replace sections if chipped or cracked

Cons

  • Grout can attract stains
  • Rigid hard underfoot

Once you have settled on the material to use in each area the fun really begins.  At Achieve Homes Colour Selections Studio our home consultants help guide you through the process to find the perfect palette to match your taste and preferences and set the tone for your home from the floor up.

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