How do you choose flooring for your home? When you move in do you put up with what is already there or ring the changes?
Here are some of my thoughts on the advantages and disadvantages of each type of flooring.
I am not a fan of carpet to be honest. Of course growing up in the Sixties and Seventies, all the main rooms had carpet and of the wild pattern variety at that. So I can still get very nostalgic when I see that type of carpet but overall I don’t think carpet is a great option particularly for families with children or pets. Carpets gather dirt and are easily damaged beyond repair in seconds. I have always expressed surprise at how many mums of babies and toddlers have cream carpets. That’s an accident waiting to happen however beautiful it looks when it is first put down.
Wood flooring can be difficult to get down so maybe not the perfect choice for someone who wants to do it themselves. However they are durable and easy to keep clean. I really like the look of wood floors and have a beautiful one in my dining room. I think they do give that refined feel perfect to go with my sparkly chandelier.
If you want that wood type look but are not expert at laying it, laminate flooring is a great option with prefinished lengths that snap together.
It is fairly hard-wearing too and relatively easy to claim although can show wear over time.
Ceramic tile flooring
Again, this is not particularly easy to install unless you know what you are doing.
I have lots of tiled floors in my home including in the sun room, the kitchen and the lounge. I love them as a quick sweep and steam clean keeps them so hygienic. You can always jazz them up with rugs if you want a bit of extra colour but I don’t bother as again rugs get grubby so easily.
So for me give me tiles or wooden floors for preference with laminate as runner-up and keep me away from carpets and rugs.
Of course, we all have our own circumstances and tastes so I would love to know how you choose flooring for your home.