flooriIf you have just bought a home or are remodelling an existing one, changing the flooring can be a difficult choice as there are so many options out there, but what flooring should you choose for your home and what rooms should you use that flooring in?

Today we will look at some of the best flooring choices for your home and where you should be using them.

Getting your flooring choices wrong could mean you lose a lot of money as you will have to replace them quickly.

Hardwood flooring

Hardwood flooring is one of the most common types of flooring in the home and there is a good reason why. Hardwood flooring is very durable and can add value on to a property. Hardwood flooring can stand up to a lot of use but does struggle with scratches.

A good thing about hardwood flooring is that it can be refinished if the flooring does become scratched. We don’t recommend using hardwood flooring in any rooms that see moisture though as it will ruin your floors. Do not use hardwood flooring in your bathroom or basement as the floors will warp and become damaged.

Epoxy Flooring

Epoxy flooring is a specialised type of paint that can be added to almost any flooring, using epoxy can give a floor additional properties which are useful to the user. For example, epoxy flooring can be used in situations where you need anti-static properties.

Overall most homes won’t need an epoxy floor but if you do run a business from home then you should consider it.  Epoxy flooring can help in rooms where you run electronics or it can be used in rooms with heavy footfall.

Tile flooring

Tile flooring is useful in rooms where there will be a lot of moisture. However, not all tiles are suitable for walking on as they aren’t strong enough. Tiles come in a wide variety of options such as glazed ceramic, porcelain, terracotta and quarry tiles. The strongest tile is porcelain and can be used in the home to walk on.

When using tiles in the home be careful too as some tiles are very slippery and could cause trips and falls. If you do use tiles to walk on you can get anti-slip coating for your tiles. Tiles can also be cold and hard to walk on so you may want to take that into consideration too.

In our opinion tiles are best used in the Kitchen, Bathroom, Mudroom and wetrooms. We wouldn’t use them in the living room or bedrooms as they just aren’t comfy.

Vinyl flooring

Vinyl flooring is a cheap flooring choice but it has many uses in your home. Vinyl often has a bad reputation for being a cheap and nasty flooring choice but like anything, it all depends on the quality of the item you choose.

There are some terrible vinyl flooring choices out there that don’t last long but on the other hand, if you pay a little more you will see that vinyl can be a good choice for flooring in your home. Vinyl can handle heavy footfall along with moisture making it an extremely versatile flooring choice.

If you were to choose vinyl flooring our advice would be to look for a high-quality vinyl that will last you years. Picking a cheaper option will mean that it will last less time and you will need to replace the whole floor.

Other flooring types.

Other flooring types such as laminate and engineered wood are great options for flooring in your living spaces such as the front room or dining areas. Their hardwearing and because they have engineered properties they are more scratch resistant than hardwood.

Laminate and engineered wood are also cheaper than their equivalent so if you are working on a budget you should consider using these.