How to choose the right type of flooring
With so many different types of flooring available, choosing the right type for your home is not easy. Whether your priority is function or style, there's a flooring option to suit every room in your home.
Ceramic and porcelain are the most common types of floor tiles, and both have different advantages and uses. Porcelain tiles are the denser and more water resistant of the two types. They are suitable for indoor and even outdoor use and are durable so they would be a great choice for hallways, kitchens and areas with lots of foot traffic.
Made from natural clay, ceramic tiles are ideal for interiors or even for use on walls in bathrooms or laundries. They are easier to cut and lay so are a good choice for the casual D.I.Yer to install. A good tip for small rooms is to choose light coloured tiles because these will help to make a room feel bigger and brighter.
Carpet is a popular flooring choice because of its durability and versatility. It’s a comfortable floor covering to sit and play on, especially for kids. It can be luxurious to touch and creates a warm feeling within a bedroom or lounge room. But carpet can also provide you with other benefits such as sound insulation, energy savings and comfort underfoot.
When choosing between carpet colours, go for a neutral colour to act as the foundation for a room. Alternatively, a vibrant coloured, patterned or textured carpet can work as a striking focal point.
Vinyl flooring is a low-maintenance, economical option for your floor that can look great throughout your home. Available in a wide range of colours and textures, it is highly resistant to water so you can use it in bathrooms, kitchens, laundries and high-traffic areas.
Available in rolls or as separate tiles, vinyl flooring is easy to install and can even be installed over the top of most floor types.
Laminate is a versatile floor covering that’s suited to any room in your house. There’s a huge range of different styles to choose from, ranging from natural hardwood appearances to natural stone and ceramics.
Laminate features an extra layer of protection that withstands stains and spills better than some other coverings. Combined with a moisture barrier underneath, it can even be used in rooms such as laundries, bathrooms and kitchens.
Available in a range of grains, finishes, colours and textures, laminate is also easy to install.
Engineered flooring is a popular alternative to hardwood flooring because it uses less natural timber resources. The top layer is made from hardwood and it is backed underneath by high-density fibreboard (HDF) that provides added strength and stability.
This results in engineered hardwood being quicker, cheaper and easier to install for D.I.Yers, while still maintaining the beautiful timber hardwood look. Engineered hardwood is suitable everywhere in your home except for bathrooms or areas where moisture accumulates.
A timber or hardwood floor throughout your home is a choice that will stand the test of time – both from a looks and a durability point of view. There is a huge variety of hardwood to choose from, with choices including the type of wood you use, the thickness of board, colour and the texture.
Unlike other flooring types, timber ages beautifully over time when it’s looked after. Easy to clean and maintain, it’s a popular choice for living rooms, hallways, kitchens and open plan living spaces.
Bamboo is a great alternative to hardwoods for your floor. An easily renewable resource, some species of bamboo grow up to a metre a day and take only five years to replenish as a source, so it’s an environmentally friendly choice.
It has a similar stained finish to wood yet is more moisture resistant than wooden flooring choices. You’ll never need to worry about its durability, because bamboo has a tensile strength greater than steel. So you can be sure that it will keep its good looks for years.