When people revamp the rooms in their homes, they sometimes forget to put some thought into flooring ideas. Many people will usually opt for a cheap, hard-wearing carpet. And they will spend most of their cash decorating the walls and ceilings instead.
These days there are plenty of options available to you when it comes to interior flooring. The only trouble is; which option is right for you? I’m afraid I can’t give you a definite answer because each room in your home will have specific flooring needs. For example, you wouldn’t want to fit carpet in the bathroom.
In today’s blog post, I will give you information on the different forms of flooring that you can buy. And I will also discuss the pros and cons of each option.
Homeowners will use carpets for most rooms in their homes. They are nice to walk on when the weather is cold, and you can get them in a wide range of styles and colors. The more expensive carpets have deeper piles and last longer than cheaper ones with short piles.
When fitted with a quality underlay, they are soft and comfortable to walk on. But there are some downsides to fitting carpets.
If you choose light or cream-colored carpet, you will notice stains on them more than ones with darker colors. That means you have no choice but to spend more time vacuuming and cleaning them!
Some cheaper carpets don’t last long. In fact, I recommend avoiding bargain priced carpets with short piles because buying them is a false economy.
When you strip away the carpets in your home, you will often find wood floorboards lurking underneath them. Some folks prefer to sand and varnish their wood floorboards, especially if they're made of oak.
If your wood floorboards have seen better days, it’s always possible to replace them or fit new, thinner boards on top of them. Wood flooring has the advantage of longevity and ease of cleaning. You can use a mop or brush to clean any dirt from wood floors, and so you can dispense with the need for a vacuum cleaner.
The major downside to wood flooring is cost. Oak, walnut maple and hickory wood is quite expensive to buy.
In some parts of your home, such as high-traffic areas like hallways and living rooms, it would be wise to fit mosaic tiles. They are affordable and can get fitted by any competent tiler. Mosaic tiles have a distinctive and attractive pattern.
You will see homes in Mediterranean countries using mosaic floor tiles. They are great for making small rooms look bigger, and are a welcome change from traditional flooring options. The cost of buying and fitting mosaic tiles isn’t much more expensive than with carpets.
If you decide to go down the mosaic tile route, make sure the tiles are “sealed” so that any dirt or chemicals do not get ingrained into them.
Hopefully, these different flooring options will give you some inspiration when you redecorate your home.