Wood has become the most popular flooring type, outselling porcelain tiles, vinyl and almost every other material. However, wood can be a poor choice in the kitchen, because one can of dropped peas can leave a permanent impression or a splash of bleach could blemish the finish in your bathroom. Here we discuss the right type of flooring for each room in your home.
The kitchen requires the hardest-wearing flooring, as heavy tins and frequent food splashes can easily dent a soft floor. So what material is up to the job? Porcelain tile is a logical choice for high-traffic areas such as hallways and has outperformed other flooring in resistance to denting and scratching. Tiles are low-maintenance and can last a lifetime and are also available in a wide range of colours and styles to add style to your home.
While not facing the stress of high foot traffic, the flooring in bathrooms must be able to withstand liquid, as showers drip, bathers splash and toilets overflow. Once again, porcelain tile is a great choice. It handles wet environments well and is the perfect choice for design-savvy homeowners who opt for wet rooms instead of bathrooms with barriers, as the bathroom floor can extend into the shower with no lip. Textured tiles can also prevent slipping.
Family, Living and Dining Room
Pet claws, furniture feet, kids’ toys and stiletto heels can all damage a wooden floor, but other flooring can feel outdated and substandard compared to engineered flooring such as that found at woodfloorwarehouse.
Creating cosy common areas, wood flooring also adds value when reselling your home. With engineered flooring the planks do not need to be sanded or finished in situ, resulting in a tidier and cleaner installation process. Engineered wood has many other significant advantages: it is cheaper than solid wood, meaning you could opt for exotic woods such as tigerwood or Brazilian walnut for a fraction of the price. These woods are also more dent- and scratch-resistant. Due to its low profile, engineered wood flooring can even be installed over existing flooring, which can result in significant savings.
Engineered wood flooring is also less susceptible to swelling and shrinking over time, as the plywood backing is arranged with their grains in alternating directions.