Flooring isn’t something that you probably know a lot about until you find yourself in need of a new flooring cover. So when it comes to replacing the floors in your home, you need to bear a few things in mind;
- Did you know that the average person sheds around 1.5million flakes of skin every hour? If a carpet is left un-vacuumed it would weigh several pounds more by the end of the year. When replacing your flooring, think about what will be easy for you to clean regularly.
- The most versatile type of flooring is laminate flooring that can be installed in most rooms of the home with just a few exceptions; bathrooms and utility rooms are not generally recommended as laminate can be susceptible to moisture damage. It can be used in kitchens but you would need to make sure that you clean up drip and spills as soon as possible to avoid long term problems. There are so many options with laminate flooring whether you are looking for a modern or classic look so it’s worth considering all choices very carefully and getting expert advice.
- Measuring your flooring area correctly is crucial since new flooring can be a big investment for your home. Many people forget to measure right into the eves and recesses so if you have an odd shaped room and don’t feel confident in your abilities ask the professionals to get it right first time. Underlay follows the same principle.
- It is possible to install laminate flooring over most flooring materials (indoor/outdoor carpeting excluded and other short textile floors).This will of course lift your floor level slightly but will also increase your under foot insulation making your home feel warmer. When installing laminate flooring over an existing floor in the kitchen you will need to ensure that appliances will still fit when placed back into their original positions (under work surfaces).
- Beading is usually placed around the edge of laminate flooring to give a neat finish but measuring can be quite tricky if your room isn’t a square box. For a tidy finish the tip to having the least amount of joins is to buy extra lengths to ensure you have enough pieces to cover small lengths of wall with a single strip.
- If you accidentally end up with mud on your carpets thanks to animals, children or careless adults fear not, you can save your carpet. Simply sprinkle with salt onto the mud and leave for an hour. When you vacuum the salt it will take the mud with it.
- Homes with laminate wood floors tend to sell faster and for more money than their carpeted counterparts. Whilst it may be a higher outlay initially, it is far easier to maintain and will make you money if you intend to sell further down the line.
It is worth noting that flooring has the possibility of making or breaking a room from the second you walk in. Choose something too bold and it can take over the room, making a big room look small and cluttered, too plain and it can look empty.
Unless you have a limitless budget for your home you will need your flooring to see you through a few years of use, so select something which is timeless and can work with various colour schemes if you like to change your décor regularly.