Whether you have just moved into a new home, you have decided to renovate or you just need to replace a floor it’s hard to know where to start. Do you go with a hard surface like wood or tile or do you prefer a soft surface like carpet. One thing is for sure the whole process can feel a little overwhelming, so we have come up with 5 questions that will help you decide:
- What area of the house or what room is the new flooring going in?
It’s really important to consider what area of your house this new flooring is going in and what sort of a home life you have. It’s no good putting down a beautiful carpet in a high traffic area but it could be a solution for a bedroom. You may want to consider a laminate floor if you are planning on fitting out a playroom due to its hypo-allergenic qualities. Ceramin is the perfect option for kitchens and bathrooms as it is waterproof and highly durable and wood is a great choice for hallways and open plan living. Dependent on your needs and use will ultimately depend on what flooring you choose – so think about it carefully and then give us a call!
- Does the room have any specific climate conditions?
It’s essential that you think about the temperature conditions of the room you are buying the floor for. Things you should ask yourself:
- Is it ever humid? Humidity can create mold in some carpets and it can warp some wood flooring, so think carefully what you put down.
- Are you likely to get any moisture in your room – for instance a basement will see more moisture than a floor at ground level or upstairs. Therefore a flooring choice such as laminate or ceramin would be a good fit.
- How will the new floor fit in with the rest of your home?
There are two things to consider with this question (a) will the colour match your current colour scheme and (b) will the texture fit in with your current style. Obviously you know your own home but don’t be scared of change. There is an array of colours to choose from and don’t be scared to take away samples. You need to look at the colour scheme in the day light, at dusk and at night to make sure it’s the right one for you. Remember that if a room is small, a lighter coloured floor can make the same space seem larger and more open. Similarly, a darker coloured floor can make a room feel more warm and cozy. Also don’t be frightened of trying something new, a new surface can complement the overall layout by adding texture and style. Talk to us about your home and let us design a blended feel that will transition well throughout your home.
- How easy is the new floor to maintain?
We are all time poor these days and our lives always feel so busy, so it’s vital that you make the right choice for your lifestyle. Know what you are getting into and understand what ongoing maintenance may need to be done in the future. For example solid wood floors might need to be refinished over time, concrete floors may need a re-polish and carpet should really be professionally cleaned at least once a year! So if you require a surface that cleans quickly and easily you may want to choose options such as a laminate or a flooring from the ceramin range.
- What can you really afford?
Often your choices are swayed by budget so know what you have to spend and then explore the options. There are so many different flooring materials so make sure you spend the time at the showroom going over them all. Remember it’s not just the cost per square metre for the product you also need to factor in the cost of install and if there are any additional costs such as floor prep and underlay. Having a clear idea of the full costs involved will save you some potential headaches in the long run.
And finally one of the best approaches to selecting a new floor is to have fun. Don’t be scared remember this is an investment in your home and you will enjoy these floors for many years to come so think about these 5 questions and then enjoy trying out different looks to see how they can alter and inspire your entire home.