As a homeowner, one of the most important decisions you will have to make is the type of flooring to install within the house. A strong foundation always begins from the ground up - and in this case, the floor up. From your wobbling but determined baby’s first steps, coffee spills during a morning rush, to moving day damage, flooring is not only a big investment, but a very important commitment.
Similarly to your sense of style and the foods you like, selecting floors are no different. Many people will have very different preferences on what the best type of floors are. As a result, it is imperative that consumers always understand the difference between hardwood, laminate, carpet, and vinyl. The following are some of the general guidelines regarding flooring classifications.
Although hardwood floors are a more expensive flooring option, real estate properties with hardwood floors are generally valued at a premium price in today’s housing market. Added benefits to hardwood floors are the easiness in cleaning, the durability, and their expected length of life (decades). If you know that your home will consistently be prone to a number of clutter, spillages, and or would like to invest in the property in order for the home to reach a higher market value in the future, hardwood flooring is an option worth carefully considering.
A very popular option similar to hardwood is laminate as it looks like wood. However, the distinct patterns and texture of laminate floors are more consistent in nature due to its wood imitation. In fact, laminate is a great affordable alternative for consumers who like hardwood floors. Moreover, laminate flooring is fairly easy to install and even easier to maintain.
Similar to laminate, vinyl flooring also provides a natural wood appearance. As vinyl is moisture resistant and its price point is affordable, vinyl flooring requires very little maintenance. We have all experienced noisy floors, and vinyl addresses this concern by providing a comfortable feel with a significant reduction in noise. For families with children and or domestic animals, vinyl flooring may be a viable option for you.
Carpet is widely regarded as one of the most popular alternatives to flooring. It’s fabric provides a warm, comforting foundation with an added measure of safety by softening falls and or dropped objects. As many families child proof their homes, having a stronger preference towards carpet can also be in the best interest for concerned parents - especially for active children. Carpet comes in a large variety of textures, styles, and colours, but aside from its customizable options, carpet serves as a standard option for those who would prefer greater sound barriers and insulation. Additionally, carpet can be classified as luxurious due to its ability to alter the perception of size of the room, and can also help hide stains.
At Percy John Flooring, we offer a vast selection of flooring options. We know that flooring forms the foundation of all interior schemes, and with over thirty years of dedication to our craft and knowledgeable service within the flooring industry, our team will help you decipher the many choices and find the best suitable flooring for you. We ask you the right questions so that we can find the best solution for you.