When it comes to deciding your floor options, it can be very hard to discern what is right for you and your home. The primary function of flooring is that of a practical nature, of course there are many ways you can be creative with this in mind. Whatever surface or covering you choose, it must be able to withstand the rigors of daily use. Obviously some areas of the house will take more traffic than others, hallways and corridors being prime examples, while certain rooms, such as kitchens, need floors which can be washed frequently yet will be free from any hazards such as slipping. The reason many homeowners choose to go with laminate flooring, is the fact that it is so hard wearing and yet not as expensive as hard wood.
Practical – Reasons for choosing a particular type of flooring over another must be practical. For example a family with young children: will reflect on their lifestyle needs and this will decide whether you choose a soft or hard surface, and whether it should be one which can be easily cleaned. From there you should consider the overall look you are after. The same rules regarding patterns and colors apply as elsewhere in the house, namely that light colors, small patterns and plain surfaces make an area seem larger while dark colors and busy patterns have the opposite effect.
Materials – Flooring materials can be divided into two broad groups: soft and hard. The first category includes carpets, rugs and natural floor coverings, such as coir and sisal, and the hard category includes marble, stone, bricks and tiles. In addition there is vinyl, wood and cork. Because laminate flooring contains pictures of a particular material, it is possible to get tiles with a stone look or indeed a large variety of various different types of wood.
Economical – With so many of our budgets stretched to their limit, it is refreshing to know that laminate flooring is in fact extremely cost effective. As it is imitating wood through photographs and is not the real thing, this is one of the prime reasons it is not as costly. Solid wood flooring can literally go into the thousands of pounds depending on the type of wood selected, so it is much kinder on your bank balance to choose laminate. As it requires less labor than the installation of other floors, you can usually notice a significant difference in the cost of labor.
Endurance – Laminate flooring is the probably the most durable of all flooring. For this very reason, its popularity for usage in the world has raised significantly the world over. A majority of homeowners starting a family have this floor installed as they know it will see them through their child rearing years when having a fussy floor to maintain will be the last thing they need to concern themselves with. When you combine this with the fact that it is far less expensive than other flooring styles, it is easy to see why it is the favorite choice.