The goal of this article is not to come up with the perfect visual floor covering, there's so much more than 'a certain look' that needs to be weighed up apart from the cosmetic aspect. Here are some basic tips for any home owner, and to help you come up with the most informative and factual conclusion, we've reviewed the following flooring options.
This type of flooring helps give the room a natural look, and it can work with almost every kind of room (dress it up with a rug?). By using this kind of flooring, you are also helping the environment as a whole as this is a product extracted from controlled forests (which means there's a quota on how many trees you can cut down). Timber flooring is an extremely hard wearing flooring option and suitable for commercial or domestic applications.
Timber flooring is also advantageous to people who suffer from asthma or other allergies because it doesn't hold dust in the same manner as say, carpet. One of the main beauties of natural timber flooring is the ability to rejuvenate its stunning look every few years through re-sanding, polishing and sealing. The expansion of the timber flooring market over the past 10 years presents options for consumers to buy imitation timber floors, or laminate (timber look alike) flooring that requires no maintenance and is around 20% of the cost of the authentic solid timber.
Humidity, dampness, and moisture can cause wooden floors to distort and deform. During chilly weather, the wood flooring can feel really cold because it retains the coolness from outside.
Timber is not waterproof so once water seeps into it, it starts to deform. Another disadvantage is that it is not as heavy-duty as ceramics because it usually cannot stand the impact of falling objects. Timber flooring also requires more frequent maintenance than the others.
Ceramic tiles have the potential to be extremely appealing and versatile as they come in different colors, shapes, sizes, and finishes. A beautifully laid tile floor can transform the entire home, adding considerable value. And if you're a DIY handyman, you'll save around $50 per square metre in labour costs.
A professionally laid ceramic tile installation is by far the most durable flooring option. When choosing your color scheme, we'd suggest to try for a neutral scheme given that the flooring will easily out-last the current decor trend.
Biggest downside is that it is easily chipped or damaged, so be careful when re-locating and dragging furniture. Ceramics can be cold under-foot.
Another big problem with tiles is that over time oil, water, and other liquid residue will gather on the gaps and grout lines between the tiles and de-colorize the tile, or worse, develop bacteria.
It actually helps your electrical bills as it insulates the house during cold weather. It also helps reduce the sound, helping out with the noise pollution, too.
Carpet's biggest advantage is that it is cushioned, very cosy and soft under-foot. It can help reduce the impact of a slip or an accidental fall.
Can affect allergy sufferers, needs replacing more frequently than timber and ceramic tiles, and can be very expensive depending on the quality.
When buying carpet, always store some off-cuts, as carpet can be easily stained, torn or burnt, at which time you'll need to engage a carpet repair service to restore the effected area. Carpet also has the ability to shrink or expand over time, which also requires further maintenance expenses.