One of the most expensive parts of decorating a new home is the cost of flooring, that’s why it’s important to do your research before spending your hard-earned money. Having moved into a new property last year which needed flooring, I know only too well the cost involved and also the research I put in to make sure I bought flooring which was suitable and would last.
My flooring cost in the region of £600. This included underlay, laminate flooring and beading for the living room and bedroom. For the hall, stairs and landing I chose a hardwearing carpet and underlay. The laminate flooring was fitted by my dad and me which saved on the cost, but the carpet was fitted by a professional.
When you’re considering what flooring to buy it can be overwhelming. The main choices when it comes to flooring are tiles, laminate, solid wood, engineered wood flooring, carpet, lino and vinyl. If you’re not sure where to start then don’t worry, below I have shared a few things you should consider before making your choice. The advice should help you find out which flooring is right for you and your family.
One of the first things you will need to do when choosing the perfect flooring for your home is to work out your budget. This will tell you what type of flooring is within your price range and give you a starting point. Make sure you factor in everything. For laminate/wood flooring, this could include underlay, laminate, beading and the cost of someone fitting it if you need to hire someone. If you’re looking at carpets you will need to decide whether to fit it yourself or pay someone. If you choose for it to be fitted by a professional then ensure the cost you are given includes everything and there are no hidden costs. If you’re capable of fitting the carpet yourself then you will have to consider whether you will need underlay, carpet grips etc. Why not take a look at beautiful engineered wood flooring as an option, it gives a more natural look, has real hardwood surface, is suitable for underfloor heating and is reasonably priced. The good news is there’s a product for every budget.
This is an important aspect when considering what type of flooring to purchase. If you have young children who are crawling or spend a lot of time playing on the floor then you might find carpet is your best option. It’s also worth considering what type of carpet, some have a soft pile whilst others are made for durability and are rough and scratchy. If you’re unsure I would highly advise a trip to a store where you can see and feel the different types of carpet to give you an idea of what’s available. Don’t write off hardwood or laminate if you have young children, you could put down a large rug to add warmth, comfort and style to your home if you don’t feel carpet is the right choice.
There’s no doubt that style plays an important part when selecting flooring for your home, we all want our homes to look nice. We all have our own likes and dislikes, so style is down to individual taste but a few styles that are popular for 2017 include whitewash laminate flooring, grey stone and reclaimed wood flooring. Of course, trends change and most of us won’t be able to change our flooring each time a new trend arises, so make sure the style you choose is something that will last.
If you choose to lay the flooring yourself, whether that be carpet, tiles or laminate having the right tools for the job is essential. If you’re laying laminate having a good quality saw is essential to ensure you have a neat finish and the job looks good when it’s complete. When fitting carpet you will need a knee kicker, carpet knife and tools for cutting the tack strips. If you’re tiling your floor you will need to ensure you have a good quality tile cutter to hand.
There’s a lot to consider when you’re thinking about which flooring will be most practical for you and your family. If you have young children you might not want a tiled floor in case they fall and hurt themselves. However, if you have pets you might not want to have carpet due to the wear it would sustain from them – especially if you have dogs who are in and out of the house in all weathers. This is where laminate flooring and a few well-placed rugs might be the ideal solution. Laminate flooring is easy to clean and maintain, fairly robust where kids and pets are concerned and you can add rugs to create more warmth and comfort if desired. It’s also worth checking that the product you’re buying is suitable for the room it’s intended for, kitchens and bathrooms will need laminate flooring made specifically for those rooms, so double check suitability before making any purchases.
I hope you have found the above advice useful and that you now feel more equipt to make your choice. If you’re still unsure or you want to do a bit more research, why not take a look at this 10 trending wood designs for your floor article for more advice and inspiration.
What’s your top choice when it comes to flooring?