Home renovation enables people to craft the interior and exterior of their homes to their exact requirements, styles and specifications.
Although many people do such work on their homes whilst they are still living in them, some people prefer to start with a blank canvas and renovate their future home whilst they are living somewhere else.
One project that many people decide to take on is installing new flooring. Regardless of the type of flooring or carpet you have installed in your home at the moment, it will eventually become worn down and start to look sorry for itself, especially if the flooring in question is situated in a high-traffic location such as in a hallway or landing.
Are you thinking about replacing the flooring in your home? There are a number of things that you will need to consider such as style, type of flooring, and cost (the latter is typically the deciding factor in many cases)!
Here is a handy guide to helping you choose the right carpets and flooring for your home. By following this guide, you will be able to have the best type of flooring for your requirements, at a style and budget to suit you.
I have pets
Hardwood floors and laminate flooring isn’t a good idea for people that have pets such as dogs and cats, because the flooring can be easily marked by your pets, and there is a high risk that they will injure themselves if they run across the floor too quickly when they get excited!
Instead, you should consider getting some hard-wearing carpets fitted. For areas near front and back doors, I would recommend getting darker-coloured carpets because you will otherwise spend forever cleaning up muddy paw prints (trust me – I speak from experience).
My home is liable to flooding
Should you live somewhere that is prone to flooding, such as near a river or a location where groundwater often rises during heavy rains, you will probably want to forget about buying carpet for your ground floor rooms.
Rooms that have been flooded often take a long time to dry out and clean, and if your ground floor floods on an annual basis then you will have to keep buying new carpet every year; clearly this is not a good idea.
Consider getting ceramic tiles for your ground floor rooms, as these tiles are best for situations where the floor is likely to get wet (such as in bathrooms, for example).
One of the benefits to ceramic tiles is that they are awesome to walk on when the weather is really hot, as they help you to cool down. You often see homes in the sunnier parts of the world with ceramic tiles for this very reason!
I live in a log cabin
For those of you that live in log cabins or similar abodes, you may wish to keep the wood theme going by having oak floorboards installed. They look great, but they are expensive; if cost is an issue, consider cheaper hardwood flooring instead.
Some people even opt for laminate flooring which has a wood effect. Really the only thing you are limited by here is your budget.