There are some interior decor choices that set the tone for everything else that follows in the home, and flooring is certainly one of them.
As well as having to be fit for purpose, flooring can act as a blank canvas for a range of stylistic choices in your home or be an integral element of a bigger design scheme. Each room of your house will have different flooring requirements because of the way in which they are used. That means choosing the right flooring option can also mean the difference between a long-lasting solution or a hastily-made decision that soon needs to be revisited.
For those interested in laminate flooring, let’s consider if it’s a good choice for your home.
COMFORT AND PRACTICALITY
The way we use our kitchens and bathrooms is very different from the kind of activities that take place in bedrooms or living rooms and so different flooring types are needed. A hardwearing, easy to clean surface is ideal for anywhere that might be exposed to liquid spills or need regular and easy cleaning and this is why kitchens and bathrooms are best-suited to hard surfaces such as laminate or vinyl rather than carpets.
Any areas of the home intended for leisure use can also benefit from easy-clean and hardwearing properties but should also reflect an air of comfort and style. This can be achieved through the use of rugs and furnishings, offering a softer surface for kids to play on whilst remaining a practical option for busy homes.
Carpets can be difficult to keep in good condition even in rooms where they are less likely to be damaged by accidents or staining so harder flooring like laminate is a very popular choice.
Of course, having non-carpeted flooring is also an old tradition which means period properties can benefit from having a modern laminate installed. Rustic oak laminate flooring can work particularly well but there are also stone-effect laminate for those who want to embrace the traditional look of authentic tiles in rooms such as the kitchen or hallway.
Laminate is perfectly suited in areas that have heavy foot traffic such as these and that can make it an ideal choice for families looking to create an attractive home that is in-keeping with the rest of the design style as well as incredibly practical.
LAMINATE VERSUS OTHER FLOORING TYPES
The fact that laminate flooring has a protected film covering and an interlocking profile which allows it to be pushed together easily to create a seamless surface means that is creates an appearance of space and continuity throughout all the rooms of your home. Laminate underlay also helps ensure the flooring is well supported.
As well as being the perfect base for a contemporary decor, laminate flooring can also be tailored to suit a period property quite easily and this makes it a standout winner for family homes.
In comparison to other flooring types, laminate has the following benefits and may therefore be the ideal choice for you:
- Easier to clean than carpet
- More durable than carpet
- Requires less maintenance than carpets and traditional flooring types such as real wooden floorboards or stone tiles
- Easier to replace if damage is occurred than carpets, traditional flooring types and vinyl (rolls)
- Can be laid atop of underfloor heating to provide a comfortabl