Types of flooring for your home

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Choosing the right type of flooring for your home relies on a few factors: budget, functionality, style, and durability to name a few. There are endless choices available and to make this task less overwhelming, arm yourself with the information you need about each type of flooring and assess it against your needs. Here are some important things to consider:

  • Are you on a budget? 
  • Do you live by the beach or have a pool?
  • Do you have kids and/or pets?
  • Do you want to install the flooring yourself? 
  • Do you need low-maintenance flooring that’s easy to clean
  • Do you require soundproofing?

6 Popular Types of Flooring

1. Laminate

Laminate floors are made of compressed fibreboard that mimic the look of real hardwood, stone, or tiles. The most budget-friendly option in the market, laminate flooring has made a real comeback. It emulates the clean and natural look of a timber surface without breaking the bank. Water-resistance isn’t a strong suit for laminates - avoid placing it in high-moisture or wet areas such as the bathroom and laundry area.

Best for: Low-moisture areas in the house (living room and bedroom)

Pros Cons
  • Cost-effective
  • Natural-looking
  • Plenty of designs on offer 
  • Stain-resistant
  • Easy to clean and maintain 
  • Easy to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) 
  • Easy to remove
  • Not suited for high-moisture areas 
  • Not soundproof

2. Vinyl

Vinyl’s plastic composition makes it a superb choice for high-moisture and high-traffic areas. Install it anywhere within the home - even your hallways! If you want to err on the side of caution, you can even opt for waterproof vinyl flooring in the wet areas of your home.

Best for: High-moisture and high-traffic areas

Pros Cons
  • Cost-effective
  • Water-resistant/waterproof
  • Longer lifespan than laminate
  • Easy to clean and maintain 
  • Easy to install

 

  • Pricier thanlaminate flooring
  • Difficult to remove

3. Tile

Tiles have long been a flooring favourite amongst home builders and renovators. Known for its tough composition, tiles are difficult to scratch or dent. While tiles are often used in wet areas, you can also install them in other areas. It’s hard-wearing and aesthetically pleasing - creating a contemporary or even industrial look for the house. 

Best for: All rooms (especially wet areas)

Pros Cons
  • Cost-effective
  • Water-resistant/waterproof
  • Longer lifespan than laminate
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Easy to install
  • Pricier than laminate flooring
  • Difficult to remove

 4. Carpet

Carpets are a stylish, versatile, and durable flooring option. They add comfort and warmth to the communal and resting spaces of your home. Its soft cushion underfoot creates an inviting space for people to sit, chill, or play. Carpets also have good sound and heat insulation - potentially contributing to energy savings down the line. Watch out for stains and water damage as carpets can be susceptible to this. 

Best for: Bedroom, living room, playroom, hallways, stairs

Pros Cons
  • Durable
  • Stylish, luxurious, comfortable 
  • Heat and sound insulation 
  • Easy to maintain
  • Prone to stains and water damage 
  • Pricey

5. Hardwood Timber

Hardwood or timber floors are the ultimate home upgrade for many homebuyers. Its timeless style suits all home interior design styles and can even boost resale value. You can get it in various wood types such as oak, cherry, or walnut. They do, however, come with a hefty price tag per square foot and require professional installation. To maintain its sheen and remove scratches, it needs regular maintenance through sanding and refinishing. Protect your hardwood floor by throwing in some rugs for added comfort and protection.

Best for: All rooms excluding high-moisture areas

Pros Cons
  • Highly durable
  • Can add to resale value
  • Stylish
  • Soundproof
  • Costly
  • High-maintenance (requires regular sanding)
  • Requires professional installation

6. Hybrid

The latest in flooring technology, hybrid flooring comprises several layers that combine the best features of laminate, vinyl, and timber. This means it’s 100% waterproof, extremely durable, and easy to clean! Hybrid’s appearance and appeal also mimic the beauty of hardwood floors without the hassle of maintaining it.

Best for: All rooms (especially wet and high-traffic areas)

Pros Cons
  • Highly durable
  • Stylish and timeless like hardwood
  • Suits extreme weather conditions
  • Stain- and scratch-resistant
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Suits DIY installation
  • Costly

Your next step is to identify which flooring you’ll use for the different areas of your house. If you’re reading this before your colour appointment, you’ve covered the basics of flooring. Armed with this flooring knowledge, all you need to do is turn up and choose the right type for your home!

For more information on colour appointments and how we can guide you through your building journey, check out our Step-by-Step Home Building Guide

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