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Choosing the right flooring for your home

By Rebecca Zhang

Whether you are going to live in your property or lease it out, one of the important decisions you will need to make is choosing the right flooring.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

What is the area used for?

The first important step is to consider the main use of the area. For example, the kitchen and bathroom will need something that is water resistant, which means carpet will probably not be your first option!

However, if you decide to use carpet for other rooms, (such as bedrooms, living room) then remember that pale shades will show dirt easily, but at the same time can make a space seem bigger.

On the other hand, areas of the house that have high foot traffic (such as the entrance, stairs, living room) will probably need a durable type of flooring.

What will I need to maintain it?

It’s important to consider the amount of time you have to spend on maintaining the type of flooring that you choose.

Carpets will require regular vacuuming, whereas tiles and vinyl will need to be mopped every so often. Polished hardwood floors will require extra care and attention to keep them in good condition.

What would I be most comfortable with?

The type of flooring you decide to use will have an impact on the look and feel of a room.

If you live in a warmer climate, then tiled floors are the way to go because they do not retain heat as well as laminates or carpets. These would be a good option if you live in a colder part of the country.

Furthermore, your own individual style should also be taken into consideration. For example, do you prefer modern or traditional styles? Make a choice that best reflects your personality.

What should I avoid if someone in my house has allergies?

If someone in your house has pet allergies, then it is best to avoid carpets. This is because carpets usually attract fur and hair and it can be difficult to remove.

These types of flooring are easier to sweep or mop, therefore making them easier to keep allergen-free:

  • hardwood floors
  • tiles
  • laminates.
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