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When it comes to choosing the best flooring for your home there are many different options and many different considerations for each. Deciding what will best suit your purposes can be difficult, especially for some of the more unusual rooms such as conservatories or porches. Here we will look at some of the more common options when it comes to flooring, and what their individual pros and cons are, to help you decide.
Carpet is perhaps the most common type of flooring around the rooms of the house such as the living room and bedrooms. This is because it’s both soft and warm making it a great thing to step out onto in the night and meaning you can lie on it and roll around with the dog after Christmas dinner. Carpet is also relatively cheap and it comes with the most versatility with a huge number of patterns and styles. As it’s soft, it also won’t dent or crack and if you fall over you won’t break as many bones!
That said though, carpet does have its weaknesses. For one, the small carpet fibers and absorbent nature make it easy to get dirty and difficult to clean. These small carpet fibers, of course, are able to hide small particles of dust, dead skin and other debris and it is nigh impossible to get those out without a professional carpet cleaner. That also makes the carpet more unhygienic, and because it can stain easily too, it also makes carpet less of a long term investment. Carpet also has a tendency to date quickly which is another reason why it doesn’t last as long.
Using wood or laminate is a good step up from carpet in that it’s much easier to clean (you can just use a dustpan and brush) and in that it won’t get damaged as easily (hardwood more so than laminate). It has a glossy look which is well suited to both luxury apartments and modern ‘professional’ accommodation.
That said though, wood is susceptible to some issues, such as termites and rot, and can still stain on occasion and is more likely to get scratched or chipped than concrete. At the same time it is perhaps the least versatile of the flooring options as you can only really get it in wooden shades.
Stone flooring such as granite or quartz is the most durable and long lasting of all flooring and it’s very difficult to damage, meaning that it will last a long time and can raise the value of a property. It’s also more versatile than wood and comes in a number of shades and is very easy to keep clean and very hygienic.
That said, stone is also very cold both to the touch and in terms of its effect on the rest of the room. This means it’s not ideal to step out of bed onto in the middle of the night. It also has the downside of being very solid which can lead to injury if someone should fall, and of being potentially slippery.
This guest post was written by Jamie Kirk; a home improvement blogger from UK. You can use cheap conservatory quotes service on his site to get more details on conservatories and home improvement.