Flooring sets the tone of your entire home, so it’s a decision you want to get right.
At Carpet One we test, evaluate, and compare the latest flooring to ensure all of our products are the highest standard. But weighing the pros and cons of and knowing what type of floor is going to work best for your home, lifestyle and climate can be an overwhelming decision.
Rest assured, it doesn’t have to be difficult. Our flooring experts at Carpet One have put together a flooring comparison buyers guide to help make your decision easier.
The top 6 things to compare when shopping for flooring
When you are researching different flooring types here’s the top six comparison points you can use to measure the pros and cons of the different flooring options.
Durability is an important factor to consider when you’re selecting flooring for your home. Hard-wearing floors obviously last longer, but they typically cost more. In the long-run, a more durable floor may save you money in maintenance and replacement costs.
For areas of your home that receive a lot of foot traffic, hard flooring is a great solution.
Hard flooring such as timber or vinyl are great options for high-traffic areas.
The durability of carpet varies depending on fibre type and pile of the carpet. Wool and wool blends are the most durable fibre types, whereas loop pile carpet is inherently tough.
The maintenance your flooring will require is something to be aware of. Properly caring for any flooring can help extend its life and preserve its appearance. Some floorings such as vinyl are very durable and very low maintenance when it comes to spills, spots or scuffs.
When comparing timber versus laminate, you will find there is certainly a difference. As long as you follow the care guide you will find laminate a very low maintenance flooring and you can expect years from your floor. Hardwood flooring does require more maintenance and it is important to observe precautions and use appropriate cleaning products.
With today’s advanced technologies, carpet is stronger and more stain-resistant than ever before. But carpets will vary so make sure you check your carpet warranty and follow the care guides. Did you know that almost all carpet warranties will require that you have a professional clean every couple of years?
Are you looking for the plush cosy warmth of carpet, a softness underfoot of vinyl or the feeling of cool that tiles will evoke?
Thinking about the feeling you are trying to create in your room or home is an important factor when you are choosing flooring.
If you are trying to create a feeling of more space, subtle flooring tones and colours with clean lines such as you will find in vinyls and laminates, will add to a feeling of spaciousness. If a traditional cosiness is what you are after than timber floors with rugs will not only look great but be practical too. Wall-to-wall carpet also adds warmth and comfort to a space.
Freezing cold, boiling hot or somewhere in between? The environment and climate where you live will definitely affect the flooring choices you make.
If you are living in a cold climate area, a deep pile carpet with an underlay will keep you warm and insulated all year around. Carpet is a great choice for almost any home due to its warm, comforting and quiet qualities.
A tiled floor will not only be cool to the touch if you live in the tropics but also will feel clean and fresh.
Timber flooring may shrink or expand depending on the humidity of your local environment. Wood floors perform best when room humidity falls between 30 – 50% and room temperature falls between 16 – 27 degrees Celsius.
We understand how important your own personal style is to you when you are choosing flooring for your home. From talking through your plans, to choosing colours, patterns and textures our experts in-store can guide you through the process.
Whether you prefer the clean sophistication of a more contemporary look or you love the eclectic individuality of the boho style, we have flooring that can suit your style.
Laminate for example, comes in many stylish designs and textures and is perfect for lovers of Modern or Scandinavian home styles.
Carpet comes in a variety of colours, patterns and styles and can therefore be a central design element when redesigning a room. Walls, window treatments, furniture and artwork can pull visual cues from the carpet you choose and provide your home’s design foundation.
We understand that everyone has a different budget, so we have flooring to suit all price points at Carpet One. Our advantage is that as a global cooperative we have huge buying power and we pass on the savings to you.
With so many flooring types and options available, the price of flooring can vary quite a bit. By setting a budget and understanding the approximate area of the project, you can begin to narrow your flooring selection. After you have determined a budget, it’s best to consult with a local in-store expert. For example, you may discover you can actually get the hardwood flooring feeling with a lower-cost flooring option such as laminate or luxury vinyl tile.
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