Floor Tinder: How to Choose?

We understand how daunting it can be when you’re on the search for a new floor for your beloved home or property. With with the cost of materials, installation and maintenance, we know it’s not a decision to be made lightly which is why we’ve put together a small, definitive guide on some things you need to take into consideration. This will essentially narrow down your options so you can swipe left for the flooring types that aren’t right for you, or right for the ones that meet all of your needs and requirements.  We’re ready to be your wingman or wing woman for floor tinder, let’s get started!

There are 3 simple things to consider and you’ll be on your way to a new floor in no time at all.

1. Consider Function

This is your first consideration. Where will the flooring be used? The bedroom? Kitchen? Bathroom? With the extensive range of flooring solutions available today, there are many materials that are better suited for specific environments. For example, there are flooring types designed for high traffic areas, as well as materials designed to withstand water. Check out the below to see the flooring types and what rooms they are best suited for and why. This will kickstart your journey in choosing the right flooring type.

Engineered wood – What is it?

Engineered wood is extremely versatile, strong and durable. It is designed from different species of wood which are layered together, with one top layer of hardwood veneer. It can be installed over any type of subfloor and is the alternative choice to hardwood flooring, which ultimately takes the gold medal if flooring had an Olympics.

Engineered wood – What rooms can it be used in?

  • Living rooms
  • Kitchens
  • Hallways
  • Conservatories
  • Dining Rooms
  • Bedrooms

Laminate – What is it?

Laminate flooring is a popular and affordable solution for many homes. It is made up of 4 distinct layers and combined, it is able to create a solid, durable piece of flooring that is able to withstand high volumes of traffic and other things that may be thrown at it. It is a cheaper alternative to engineered or solid wood floors, but provides a great aesthetic, look and feel in any home.

Laminate – What rooms can it be used in?

  • Living rooms
  • Kitchens
  • Hallways
  • Conservatories
  • Dining Rooms
  • Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms (Aqua Step 100% waterproof)

Vinyl – What is it?

Vinyl flooring is a great choice if you’re looking for something unique and distinctive for a low price. Evidently, the primary element in vinyl flooring, is a simple vinyl sheet. It is often used in commercial premises, but homeowners are now taking advantage of the tiles that are able to closely resemble wood, stone, concrete and many other stunning patterns.

Vinyl – What rooms can it be used in?

  • Living rooms
  • Kitchens
  • Conservatories
  • Bedrooms
  • Dining rooms
  • Bathrooms

Carpet tiles – What are they?

Carpet tiles are mostly found in commercial properties but can be used in the home. They are extremely low maintenance and comfortable to walk on. They offer easy installation and are available in a variety of designs.

Carpet tiles – What rooms can it be used in?

  • Living rooms
  • Bedrooms
  • Dining rooms
  • Hallway & Stairs

2. Consider Maintenance

Now that you’ve learnt about the different flooring solutions, we’re pretty certain you’ll have at least a few stuck in your mind. But then the question is, how to narrow these down? Well, you have to think of flooring maintenance, and how much of it you have the time to perform. The right maintenance with any type of floor will ensure you get the best value for your money. Typically, all of the flooring types we have mentioned are relatively easy to maintain, but other factors such as pets, children and other environmental factors have a big impact. Be sure to factor this in.

3. Consider Budget

It’s sensible to set a budget range when making an investment. This gives you a better insight of what you can get for your money, and the quality of it. It’s important to also factor in the size of the room you are looking to renovate.

Best at Flooring Recommendations

For your living room?

Engineered wood flooring – Hardwearing, strong and durable. Easy to maintain and clean, available in many species such as oak, walnut, cherry, ash.

For your dining room?

Vinyl flooring – Vinyl is easy to clean and maintain, scratch resistant and is available in many designs.

For your kitchen?

Laminate flooring – Laminate is easy to maintain, flexible installation and stylish designs for any style of kitchen

For your bathroom?

Aqua step 100% waterproof laminate – Aqua step laminate flooring is the only 100% waterproof laminate in the market.

For bedrooms?

Carpet tiles, laminate or engineered wood – Carpet tiles are often the most comfortable choice, but the only downside is that if stained it can be hard to remove. Laminate and engineered wood is ideal for flexible installation and maintenance.