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Residential Flooring: 3 Amazing Options for Your New Floor

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Are you looking to freshen up your flooring?

You won’t find a home decor challenge more frustrating than old, tired, worn-out floors. No matter how you paint the walls, bring in new furniture or accessorise, old flooring can ruin the look of your home. But it can be a costly job to replace them, and with so many options it can be hard to choose the right one.

This is where we can help! Keep reading for these 3 types of residential flooring that would be perfect for your home.

1. Hardwood

A popular choice for high-end residential flooring contractors is hardwood flooring. The most desired hardwoods are Maple, Oak, Walnut and Cherry but there are more options.

This type of floor comes from a solid piece of wood that’s milled. It’s completely solid wood through the whole plank, not a top layer. Due to its versatility and quality finish, it’s a desirable floor for homeowners. And buyers.

Here are some pros and cons for hardwood flooring, let’s start with the pros:

  • Boosts home value
  • You can refinish it many times
  • It can last 100+ years if well maintained
  • Many options to suit every style
  • Durable and strong

And the cons:

  • Expensive
  • Can get scratches, dents and scraps in high-traffic areas
  • Can warp with moisture and water damage
  • Not suitable for bathrooms or utility rooms

You will need to give your hardwood floor regular maintenance too. You need to use hardwood floor cleaner to protect it, and every 3-5 years it needs a new coat of finish. You can apply residential epoxy flooring coatings to wood though, for an even more unique finish.

2. Carpet

For homeowners, carpet is a firm favourite, especially in living rooms and bedrooms. You can get a variety of materials, textures and colours to suit any style. It also offers a touch of warmth to make a space even cosier.

Over the years, carpet technology keeps on improving. This means a lot of modern carpets can be stain-resistant. It’s also the most cost-effective flooring on the market, so great if you’re on a budget.

Again, we’ll look at the pros and cons of this flooring option and start with the pros:

  • Soft and warm to walk on
  • Add visual warmth too
  • Lots of textures, colours, designs and materials to choose
  • Can get stain-resistant options
  • Adds insulation and soundproofing

And the cons:

  • Can be hard to clean
  • Can also stain if you don’t have stain-resistance
  • Will show wear and weight patterns
  • Not suitable if you have allergies

There is maintenance that comes with carpet, you’ll need to vacuum it once a week. Otherwise, dirt, dust and debris can build up in the fibres, impacting allergies. But, if well maintained, they can act as a filter to improve indoor air quality.

3. Laminate

This is another affordable option if you don’t want carpet but can’t afford hardwood. Laminate starts with particleboard wood bases with a topper or either wood or tile photo. On top of this is a clear protective layer (and again you could use epoxy coatings).

It’s usually cut to fit and click together like a puzzle piece, so it’s a good option if you want to lay it yourself. There is also a great deal of colour and texture options to choose from. Here are the pros of laminate flooring:

  • Affordable
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Easy to assemble
  • Low-maintenance
  • Many versatile styles and colours to choose

And the cons:

  • Can get moisture damage and warp
  • Easy to chip
  • Won’t look or feel like real wood or tile
  • Noisy to walk on so would need soundproofing

To clean, laminate flooring is low maintenance. Standard floor cleaner or even a little warm water on a mop will be enough. But don’t get it soaking wet as this can cause damage. You want to make sure your laminate flooring is durable enough for the space it will occupy. 

Residential Flooring Options You Don’t Want to Miss

So, there you have it! Now you know these 3 residential flooring options you’ll be sure to find something you love.

Think about the purpose of the room and how you want it to feel. If it’s a high-traffic area like a kitchen or hallway you want something durable and resistant to wear and tear. In areas like living rooms and bedrooms, you can be more luxurious and seek comfort.

If you’re looking for more information on residential flooring, check out our news blog today. We’ve got the latest, tips tricks and advice to suit all your flooring needs.