Things To Consider When Choosing Your Living Room Flooring

The living room is arguably the most used room in your home. As the communal hub for most families, flooring that’s comfortable, aesthetically pleasing and durable is key. Depending on your family size, lifestyle, and room design deciding between carpet, concrete, tiles, wood variations, or laminate is an important decision. When deciding on your living room flooring, consider a few of the following things:

Do you have pets?

If you have pets, timber flooring and carpet risk scratching and pulling. Consider opting for tiles to ensure the longevity of your living room flooring. You can always soften up the room with a rug and add splashes of warmth and colour with throws, cushions or artwork.

Messiness

If your family is likely to make a mess, you need to consider flooring that’s easy to clean and maintain. Families with young kids, or who love to entertain could benefit from choices such as vinyl or engineered timber. Vinyl is becoming an increasingly popular option for living room flooring. Not only does it look good, but it’s almost impossible to stain and is extremely low-maintenance.

Comfort

If you want a living room that is all about comfort and coziness, with space for kids to sit on the floor, then consider carpeting to soften up the area. Carpeting adds that welcome home feel and there is a huge range of carpet types and styles to suit any living room floor. Carpeting can be harder to clean, so pick colours carefully. Something lightly patterned or textured will help to hide dirt or wear and tear.

Traffic

If you love to entertain or relax together as a family, there’s bound to be plenty of foot traffic through the living room. In this case, avoid carpet flooring, or opt for low pile carpeting with small textures or patterns to reduce visibility of worn, heavily-trafficked areas.

Allergies

Allergies run rife in many families and since the living room is your family’s main communal space, it’s important to consider allergy-friendly options. Vinyl, wood, and synthetic carpets emit volatile organic compounds which can trigger asthma and irritate the respiratory system. If anyone suffers from allergies then opt for wooden or tiled floors. If carpeting is a must, low pile carpet is the  best choice as it traps less dust.

Subfloor heating

Not all flooring materials are suitable for subfloor heating. Carpet acts as an insulator, preventing you from feeling the heat from your subfloor heating. Vinyl can fade over time and the heat can result in the vinyl releasing chemicals into the air. Hardwood will buckle and crack over time as the material shrinks and expands alongside changes in your heating. Instead, consider engineered woods, stone, slate, or ceramic tiling. Consult a specialist to be advised on what materials work best in these situations.

What is your environment?

Hardwood can warp and buckle and carpet can mould in humid environments. Engineered wood is less prone to warping and has almost the same effect as hardwood, at a cheaper cost. Tiles are also a great alternative in these conditions. They are easy to clean and come in a variety of colours and textures to suit any home.

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How To Choose The Perfect Flooring For Your Kitchen

If you are planning on renovating your kitchen, you’re probably dreaming of a new four-burner oven, maybe you’re looking forward to more storage space, or perhaps you can’t wait to pick out the perfect colour palette. One thing that should be considered before anything else when it comes to renovating your kitchen, is your kitchen flooring. Flooring can make or break how your kitchen functions and there are a number of things that need to be taken into consideration before you choose the flooring that will work best for your home. This article will take you through the pros and cons of some popular kitchen flooring options.

Tile Kitchen Floors

Tile is a popular choice when it comes to the modern kitchen. What attracts people to tile kitchen floors is that they are very low maintenance. If you are someone that loves to get messy in the kitchen, tile flooring could be an excellent choice. Tile flooring is available in a range of colours and styles so it is easy to find something that suits your vision. Ceramic tiles are particularly durable in high traffic areas which makes them great for busy family kitchens. The one downside to ceramic tiles is that they are often on the higher end of the price range.

Cork Kitchen Floors

Cork might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are thinking about flooring for your kitchen but hear us out. Cork is a highly durable material. It is also versatile and available in a surprising variety of colours and styles. If you tend to make a bit of a racket in the kitchen, cork reduces impact and noise. Maybe one of the best things about cork is that it is environmentally friendly. This is because a tree does not need to be cut down to create cork. If you spend a lot of time standing up in the kitchen, cork is a great flooring option as it offers cushion underfoot.

Timber Kitchen Floors

Timber is a classic choice for almost any room of the house. Timber will never look dated plus it feels great underfoot. However if you do settle on wooden flooring for your home, you might want to consider choosing an engineered timber. Engineered timber is better for kitchens as it is less susceptible to movement caused by changes in humidity and temperature. Timber is susceptible to water damage so be sure to keep your kitchen floor as dry as possible.

Vinyl Kitchen Floors

If you love the look of wood but new timber floors are not within your budget, you’re in luck. Vinyl floors now come in a range of colours and styles that look and even feel like real timber floors. Vinyl is also durable and easy to clean making it perfect for family kitchens.

Bamboo Kitchen Floor

Another timber alternative is bamboo flooring. Bamboo is technically a hardwood. However, it is often overlooked when it comes to choosing a floor for the home. Bamboo is surprisingly durable and comes in a variety of shades that looks very similar to traditional timber floors. Like cork, Bamboo is also a great flooring option for the environmentally conscious household. Bamboo grows much faster than most timbers and therefore can be cut down without causing too much of a negative impact on the environment.

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