When it comes to flooring, one should primarily choose an option based on family needs and room usage. Secondly, you need to consider durability, who the end users will be, ease of cleaning, as well as installation and maintenance costs.
There is wide range of flooring materials available in the market. Herewith some tips worth considering:
- Scratch vulnerability, stains, wear & tear?
- After-installation maintenance cost?
- Water resistance?
- Durability – susceptible to cracks or chips?
- Slippery when wet?
- Weather patterns e.g. Rain, Cold, Humid etc.?
There are three popular flooring options: Tiling, Laminated & Carpet
- Ideal for bathrooms
- Ideal for kitchens
- Needs some time to install
- Some tiles can be slippery
- Tiles can crack or chip
- Very durable – can last a very long time
- Low cost maintenance materials required
- It can be uncomfortable after prolonged standing
- Ideal for lounges, seating areas and entertainment rooms
- Easy to install
- Not recommended for bathrooms
- Laminated material cannot be sanded to recondition
Minimalise Floor Damage
- Ideal for bedrooms
- Easy to install
- Vulnerable to stains
- Can be damaged by water and other forms of liquid
- Can insulate the room better than tiles or laminated materials
- High cost maintenance materials required
- Ideally suited to senior citizens
- The best method is to avoid dirt at entryways
- Avoid causing friction when moving furniture around
- For carpets, vacuum them frequently
- Reduce tile scratches by sweeping or vacuuming the floor daily
- Always clean your floors using materials appropriate to the surface
- Children’s toys and play-spaces should be cordoned off to avoid scratches on sensitive floors
- Avoid leaving liquid spillage too long on the floor as this may cause stains
- Avoid using hard cleaning materials e.g. floor scraping