The material variety for consumers has never been more vast, more competitive or more brilliant. As modern day consumers, we have the largest array of products to choose from than has been available before. Mass manufacturing and the ease of international trading has made it incredibly easy for companies and individuals to buy and sell products at cheaper prices. Whilst this has created more global retail competition and thus made it harder for producers to sell unique and desirable items, as consumers this has been very beneficial. Due to the intensity in competition between sellers, the quality of choice has gone up for us.
The benefits of mass production are many, particularly for the pickier and more pedantic buyers amongst us. However, when trying to choose between options that appear very similar to each other, it does become a bit of a problem. We often hear people of the older generation moaning about the complexities of consumption in the modern day and how it was so much easier to shop when there was only one brand to choose from, one sort of fridge to buy, one style of dress to buy and one particular way to decorate one’s home. Although the majority of us would rather choose not to head back to the times of limited choice, it’s not hard to admit when you’re flicking through hundreds of different laptops really struggling to choose which one to buy, that sometimes it would be easier to have less choice or at least have someone to give you some solid, clear advice on which product you should go for.
This article focuses on aiming to help those of you struggling to decide which out of the many different types of home décor flooring to use in your home. Although some of you may be old hands at renovating and doing up properties, deciding how to decorate your house and choose the foundations of what flooring, what walls, what tiles etc to use to set the vibe for your house, doesn’t get easier.
The choice of flooring that you make is absolutely integral to the look and feel of your property. It can effect the difficulty of installation, how you use your floor and the type of ongoing maintenance you will need to perform in order to keep it in good shape.
In order to help you dissect and have an objective look at the different types of flooring, we have put together a brief guide on the different types of flooring that are available to home renovators and their main positives and negatives:
Is a bit of a classic. It is a beautiful flooring material and can be custom designed with a variety of different woods and finishes depending on what look you want and what you want its durability to be. However, the biggest negative of hardwood flooring is the upfront cost which can be very expensive. Also, for its upkeep, you need to monitor the humidity levels in the property and the floor’s exposure to liquid spillage. It is also prone to developing scratches, dents and other marks over time although can be refinished over and over to keep it look pristine.
More recently, laminate flooring has become one of the most popular flooring materials primarily due its cheap price, ease of installation and good durability. Laminate flooring is great for imitating more expensive flooring such as hardwood and ceramic floors whilst being incredibly tough and good value. Laminate flooring is particularly good for children and pets as it can take some good beatings and is easy to clean.
Ceramic Floor Tiling
Ceramic tiles can offer a variety of different styles and looks which makes them appealing to a range of different people, styles and tastes. Whatever type you choose, ceramic tile is durable and nonporous which makes it easy to clean and makes it last. However, it is quite difficult to install and can chip and scratch under heavy use, although you are able to repair individual tiles which can make maintenance relatively cheap.
Stone Tile Flooring
Our personal favourite. Stone tile flooring (particularly natural stone tiles) are incredibly tough and durable. Granite, marble, sandstone and limestone are just a few examples of stone that can be used in a variety of different rooms around your home. The durability, aesthetic and quality of natural stone tile flooring is unbeatable and will usually last longer than the building it is put into! Another big advantage of natural stone is despite it’s luxury appearance and exceptional quality, the price is reasonable and less than hardwood flooring (and doesn’t damage half as easily!) If you’re look for a high quality, knowledgeable company to provide you with your stone tile flooring, check out Stoneworth Warehouse , a UK based company offering beautiful natural stone for homes:
Good old comfortable carpet. It’s warm, cosy and cuts down noise in the home. However, it does require a lot of upkeep and damages very easily. It is not stain resistant, heat resistant or usually dirt resistant. In order to keep your carpet in good condition and maintain and attractive sanitary carpet, it’s recommended that you have your carpets clean professionally and at least once every year.
We hope this guide has been useful for you in your floor decision making and that we have helped you to narrow down the oh so many options you may have felt flooded with!