How you and your family live and use your home is the most significant factor in choosing flooring or carpeting. If your family has pets and children or are very active, a carpet may not be ideal.  You could instead, consider flooring, such as ceramic tile, vinyl, or wood flooring. If your home is less hectic then carpeting may be a better choice.

Whatever the flooring in your home, it should give reflect your lifestyle. However, if snow, rain or mud is a factor in the entry to your home, then you could consider more durable flooring, such as slate, tile, or wood.

It may seem obvious to say it, but the flooring in bedrooms should be comfortable for bare feet. Flooring in utility, laundry and bathrooms should be water resistant. Hardwood and laminate wood flooring is not recommended in areas of high moisture, as damage can occur. If you would like to have flooring that is good for the environment, then you could consider recycled glass tiles, bamboo wood or cork flooring. Each of these has unique properties – Cork flooring, for example, is great for sound absorption but does not mix well with high heels! Exposed or stained concrete flooring are also both good for the environment.

Carpeting will bring quiet and warmth to your home. It reduces sound levels and will make a noisy room more quiet. Carpet also acts as an insulator, helping to keep rooms warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Therefore, a carpet is good in any climate.

Colour is important when it comes to your carpet – especially when you think that what’s on your floor will influence the colour choices for your entire home. So when choosing flooring of any sort it is vital to consider the room as a whole and how the wall and fabric colour scheme will work with your choice of floor. Download our free ebook on choosing colours to help you in this process. Also, choosing the right fibre will determine the performance you receive from your new carpet.

Wool is the only natural fibre used in wall to wall carpeting today. It is soft and luxurious. It wears and cleans well and its fibre structure hides dirt. It comes in a wide variety of styles and colours and is also hypo-allergenic. However, wool carpets are quite pricey and can also stain easily.

Nylon carpet comes in a wide variety of styles and colours. Nylon is very resilient. It wears well, resists staining and is very easy to clean. Due to its resilience, it is suitable for almost any home.

Polyester or Polypropylene carpet also wears well and they tend to cost less than nylon carpets. However, polyester carpets have a few drawbacks. They don’t have the same resilience as nylon and will not bounce back as easily if flattened, meaning that furniture marks are much more difficult to rebuff.

Triexa fibre has become increasingly popular over the last few years. It is very stain and fade resistant and it also cleans well. It is available in a huge range of colours and styles. It is as resilient as nylon fibre but is lower in price too. However, Triexa fibre does have an affinity for oily spills, which tend to re-appear if they are not carefully cleaned.

About the author:

James Harper is Manager/Owner of Walton Flooring Centre, arguably the largest and fastest growing flooring business in Merseyside.

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