Purchasing flooring can be a tough decision and one that requires a lot of thinking. A beautiful new floor has the ability to completely transform your home, however it can also become very disappointing if you do not select the correct floor. It is important that you do your research to ensure you are selecting your dream floor, therefore here are a few things that you should consider when you are purchasing your dream floor.
The first thing you need to consider is your budget. The price of flooring can fluctuate, and this may determine the type of flooring you can install before you start to even consider the type of floor you desire. If you are on a fairly tight budget, then you will have to look at cheap carpets, laminate flooring and vinyl flooring. Whereas if you have a vast budget then you are lucky enough to look at products such as luxury carpets, tiles and real wood flooring.
Once you have a rough idea of your budget then you can start to discuss the effect you are wanting to achieve. Are you looking for a floor with lots of natural character such as hardwood flooring or would you prefer something more modern such as glossy tiles? When making this decision it is important to consider the furniture in your house as some styles of flooring can be hard to coordinate furniture with.
Another key consideration that many people do not think about is how clean of a household you live in. For example, if you are likely to regularly stain a carpet then maybe it is worth going for a lacquered wood floor or laminate flooring that allows you to simply wipe up any spilt liquid. The same can be applied if you tend to drop heavy objects. Dropping heavy objects on wood floor may dint the surface of the product, whereas a thick tile should be able to withstand the heavy pressure. However, spending large amounts of money on a flooring you are likely to damage would never be advised.
One of the decision-making factors that tend to be forgotten about is the installation. Is your house suitable for a certain type of flooring? If your floor is slightly uneven then you would be wanting carpet over wood flooring as the wood may start to lift on an uneven floor. Are you wanting to install the flooring yourself or will you hire a professional fitter? You can save yourself money by installing wood flooring, vinyl or tiles, however carpet can be a bit trickier and you should always use a professional fitter. If you choose to install the product yourself then you do run the risk of an incorrect installation and this could potentially see you lose out on a large amount of money.
Remember that interior design is all personal preference and you should always take peoples advice, however always make your own decision.