7 Different Types Of Flooring For Homes

by - 30 November

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Today we are going to be looking at different types of flooring for homes. There are so many options available and you might not know what is best, so hopefully, this handy little guide will give you some ideas.


 Laminate Flooring


First off we are going to start with Laminate flooring. Laminate flooring has multiple layers and is a synthetic product which is fused together by a lamination process, hence the name. It looks like wood but the top layer is actually a photograph and it has a special clear protective screen on top. Because of this, it's much cheaper to buy than actual wood flooring.
 
Laminate is easy to install and it requires little maintenance. It's waterproof and stain resistant which means it's also really easy to clean. It can be slippery when wet but a special layer can be added at extra cost.


Engineered Wood Flooring

 
Engineered wood flooring has gained lots of popularity over the recent years and is a great alternative to solid wood. Engineered wood is made up of several layers of plywood and is topped off with a solid wood veneer. This makes engineered wood cheaper and sturdier than solid wood. 
 
Engineered wood is compatible with underfloor heating which is something that has also been growing in popularity over the last few years, so that is definitely something to think about. It is pretty easy to install yourself as more often than not it comes with clickable pieces.
 
While it's sturdier than solid wood, in the long run, it's actually less durable because it can usually be refinished only once. It can dent and scratch easily, just like solid wood but the initial cost may just outweigh that. 
 

Sheet Vinyl Flooring

 
Vinyl flooring comes in various forms but I'm going to be talking about sheet vinyl flooring. This is flooring that comes in big 'sheets'. This means that you unroll it, cut it to size and stick it down. Vinyl flooring is a tough material and is water-resistant, so great to have down in bathrooms and wetrooms. 

Vinyl comes in a variety of styles, patterns and colours which means it's a great choice to add some personality to your home. It is generally softer than classic tiles as well as warmer to walk barefoot on. Vinyl is probably one of the most inexpensive types of flooring you can get.

Most vinyl flooring isn't compatible with underfloor heating, so that might be something to think about too. It's also not the most eco-friendly of all the types of flooring as it's made from PVC which isn't a renewable source.
 

Carpet

 
 Carpets are generally the favourite option for the most lived in areas of the home such as the bedrooms and the living room. Carpet comes in so many different styles, colours and types that it could get a little bit overwhelming knowing what to choose. Generally the higher the fibre density, the more durable it will be.

One of the major advantages to carpets is that they are soft and warm underfoot which is why they are usually in bedrooms and living rooms. They are also slip-resistant and they are pretty easy to install. 

The disadvantage to them is that carpets are harder to clean as dirt can stick in the fibres which can usually only be fully cleaned with steam. They can get dirty easily especially if you have pets and they are also vulnerable to staining.
 

Concrete

 
Popularity with concrete flooring is increasing as highly polished concrete floors look elegant and fantastic especially with the wide range of colours and finishes available. A concrete floor is extremely strong and durable which means it will last a long time.
 
 Concrete floors require very little maintenance and they resist moisture and stains. They are also very pet friendly.

One disadvantage to concrete floors is that they are hard and can be slippery when wet which isn't a good combination. They are also a colder floor option so you may need to add rugs for more comfort and warmth underfoot.
 

Ceramic Tiles

 
Ceramic tiles are made from a mixture of clay and other natural materials and can be hardwearing if you get the correct type as not all ceramic tiles are suitable for floors. They come in a variety of styles and colours and can be a unique touch to your home.

Ceramic tiles are water-resistant and most are non-slip so would be perfect for bathrooms and kitchens. They are easy to clean and maintain and because of technology you can get virtually any pattern printed on them. You could use this option to mimic the look of natural stone or even wood if you wanted to!

Tiles can feel cold underfoot and ceramic flooring tends to be hard and rigid which means that they can be uncomfortable to walk on. Another disadvantage is that grout in between the tiles can be easily stained.
 

Marble


Marble flooring tends to be the most luxurious flooring around. It looks glamorous and elegant and is a real talking point of any home. Every section of marble flooring will be different which makes it distinctive and unique.

Marble flooring is extremely durable and will last almost forever if treated correctly. 
 
A downside to marble floors is that they tend to be expensive, are difficult to install and are also hard to change or replace because of their distinct pattern. They are also very slippery when wet, so be careful.
 
Let me know what types of flooring you have or are considering for your home in the comments below and while you are here why not check out more of my home content?

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