The UK’s home flooring market decreased by 28% by the end of 2020, closing at a value of £1.4 billion. However, it picked up again at the beginning of the second quarter of 2021, mainly because more homeowners decided to make their homes more comfortable due to pandemic and lockdown-related reasons. Therefore, if you find yourself yet to choose a flooring type for your property, below is a discussion on what you should look out for. Choosing something that withstands the test of time and, perhaps, is eco-friendly will be worth the investment you make.
Knowing where the flooring material you chose will be installed is of utmost importance—the main reason being that some materials are purposely for indoors while others do well outdoors. For example, porcelain tiles are great for the outdoors because of their inherent characteristics. Apart from being waterproof, they don’t discolour or fade after long periods of sun exposure. Even better, they don’t crack or break easily. It is the same with composite decking options for the outdoors.
Indeed, environmental elements significantly impact your flooring options. Therefore, the same reason you wouldn’t lay an end-to-end carpet in your kitchen or bathroom is why you must exercise caution when choosing the flooring material e for your home. Speaking of location, it helps to assess the spot to determine if it is a high-traffic area of the house. That contributes significantly to what you settle on. You want value for money and being aware of the correct spot for your chosen flooring type helps a great deal.
Whether you have the financial resources to change your flooring every few years or not, one issue worth considering is durability. Flooring durability refers to the material quality which contributes significantly to its ability to withstand wear and tear. Indeed, an inferior quality flooring option may seem the way to go if you’re on a tight budget. However, it wouldn’t last long, leaving you with no other choice than to pay for a better flooring job and type.
Most flooring manufacturers optimise the durability of their products because that brings them more clients. Flooring durability involves specific characteristics like water resistance, how scratch-proof it is, and the ability to withstand pressure damage (it does not break or crack when an object falls on it). For example, the vintage honey oak flooring is robust, resistant to scratches, and worth your money. Even though some types of flooring will need reapplication of protective coating, that should not impair its durability.
- Maintenance demands
Whether (or not) you have a busy lifestyle or have kids in the home, the idea of high-maintenance flooring may not seem like a good idea. It makes sense that most homeowners want to spend on flooring options that do not require much maintenance demands. For example, consistent polishing and regular cleaning could become a bit too much, regardless of your lifestyle. That is not to say that your flooring type should only focus on hiding dirt pretty well and will not require you to bother about visible stains when you have guests.
Low-maintenance flooring is easy to clean without requiring excessive scrubbing. They also include flooring types that continue to look spotless for a while until the next general cleaning. Furthermore, these types are manufactured to withstand scratches, high-traffic areas and other concerns you may have concerning flooring. Examples of low maintenance types are stone flooring, ceramic flooring, laminate wood floorings, etc.
For some people, this may seem like the last option down a long list of flooring type considerations. On the contrary, it is a necessary factor to look out for. Every type of flooring has different designs that suit varied tastes—these range for colour, intricate designs on the flooring surface, and texture. Undoubtedly, choosing any of these will be based on personal preferences and how the flooring fits into the house’s immediate décor or overall theme.
While at it, though, it helps to be guided by a flooring expert who can provide timely advice on whether your intensely smooth tile surface is suitable for the kitchen or bathroom. Although these may look great aesthetically, for safety reasons, they may not be ideal. In short, try not to allow your desire for aesthetics to overshadow safety in the home.
- Resistance to heat and cold
Did you know that some flooring types can expand or contract depending on the weather? An example is laminate flooring which extends in the presence of heat and does the opposite when it’s cold. Constant expansion and contraction due to heating and cooling can lead to excessive humidity underneath your laminate flooring. Eventually, that can cause moisture to seep into the floorboards, resulting in swelling.
When faced with this particular element, it is recommended to ask yourself if it is an option worth investing in. Indeed, some specialists use technology to resolve this likely situation with laminate flooring. While others concentrate on laying some form of insulation underneath the floorboards, others rely on a special protective covering to provide relief for these floor types.
- Cost factor
As expected, different flooring types have a broad budget spectrum. Usually, the cost variation depends on the quality of the material used, the brand and the manufacturer. Indeed, the higher the cost, the more likely it is to be assured of something worth your money. In another vein, other types of excellent quality are still affordable and can withstand the test of time. Therefore, before setting out to purchase or make an order, be sure to do your research before making any financial commitment. It also helps to remember that apart from buying the material, you will be responsible for the cost of labour.
It is recommended to seek help to determine whether the flooring type you want is appropriate for the height of your building. The surface above the first floor of a storey building may require some considerations. This needs expert help before making the purchase.