Home Flooring Guide
If you've just bought a new house or revamped an old property, the flooring is one decision you must make carefully. It would be tempting to deploy a blanket approach, but here at GJP Flooring, we help our customers see the dangers of using a one size fits all approach for their flooring. The decision should be based on where the floor is in the home, and how much foot traffic it will get. Follow our home flooring guide, to make the right decision every time.
Primary factors to consider when flooring your home are:
The size of the space
Number of children and/or pets
Amount of traffic
Flooring for Your Bedroom
The best floor option for your bedroom is a soft, warm carpet. There are many options, and at GJP Flooring Brighton, we can offer advice on the best patterns and fabrics.
Top options include: Loop Pile and Saxony (practical and hard wearing), Wilton and Axminster (If you are particular about preventing flattening), Velvet Pile (Clean cut and appearance),Twist Pile (available in a wide range of textures).
You can save money on your bedroom flooring as it is a part of the home that will see the least foot traffic. Therefore you can consider a lighter but stylish and functional carpet.
Flooring for Your Office and Study
There are lots of options for an office or study floor, and it often comes down to personal taste. Any of these will give you a professional look, be comfortable and provide resistance to wear and tear: Laminate, Vinyl and Hardwood.
If your office is in the attic, you will need heavy duty underlay to ensure thermal and sound insulation as well as to serve as a moisture barrier. Wood, vinyl, and laminate are the best options for an office/study due to their hardwearing qualities. A fluffy carpet, however, will ensure higher comfort.
Flooring for your Kitchen
Functionality should come before aesthetics when choosing flooring for the kitchen. A kitchen floor must withstand spills, stains, moisture and heavy foot traffic. For this reason we at GJP Flooring Brighton discourage property owners from putting down wooden kitchen floors. It may look good but wood can become warped within a short period. Vinyl, lino, and vinyl tiles are the best options to go with for your kitchen flooring. They are more durable in the long term than even stain resistant carpets.
Lino is the cheapest option. Vinyl tile floors are a bit more expensive than other flooring options. However, regardless of which you choose, your investment is one you will be able to enjoy for up to FOUR decades.
Flooring for Your Living Room
In most homes, the living room is the busiest. It is the place where the family spends the most time and thus tends to have heavy foot traffic. If you are choosing a carpet, it is better to be stain resistant and easily cleaned. This is why they are a top option for homes with pets and children. If you want a hard floor in your living room, here are options you should consider. Laminate (can be cleaned easily, scratch proof, low maintenance), Hardwood (Easy to clean, timeless look, long life expectancy), Engineered wood (tend to last longer than hardwood, cost-effective, durable) and Vinyl Tiles (low maintenance, custom made, can last up to three decades).
If you intend having under floor heating in your living room, all types of wood floor are out of the equation. Laminate and vinyl tiles are your only options.
Flooring for Your Hallway/Stairs
Your hallway is another heavy traffic area that requires careful consideration before you settle for a flooring option. There are three primary choices available for your hallway. Hardwood flooring (will fit perfectly for both modern and traditional properties, lasts long and is durable), Vinyl (low maintenance and easy to clean, available in a wide range of patterns and colours) and Carpet (durable designs will withstand wear and tear, lots of designs to choose from).
Flooring for Your Bathroom
Due to high humidity levels in the bathroom, solid wood is not suitable for bathroom flooring. The shape of the wood will change depending on the atmosphere. It will shrink when the air is dry and expand when there is moisture. You can use carpets that are stain and water resistant, but they are not practical. Vinyl, luxury vinyl tiles, and lino are the best options for bathroom flooring with the first two being perfect for bathrooms with under-floor heating.
We Can Help You Choose!
Still confused about your options? We are always glad to be of help. At GJP Flooring, we know it can be difficult to come to a decision on your flooring options. This is why we offer free consultation services to our customers in Brighton. We have experts that can provide advice on floor options after analysing all the variables we mentioned above taking into account your budget and specific needs.
Get a quote or answers to any questions you may have about our service today. We have customer-friendly staff on hand to answer your queries. Give us a call right away on 44 (0) 1273 257 010. We are waiting!