When it comes to any renovation job it can be a stressful time as lots of big decisions will need to be made. One area of the house that should be looked into with detail is your flooring. There are many options from the material of your flooring to the shade of the products, and it can lead to a long decision process. I thought I would spend some time to try and save you time by explaining the decisions that need to be made when purchasing a brand-new floor.
The first and potentially most important decision when installing flooring is the type of material you would like. This may depend on the room you are wishing to renovate. For example, if you are renovating your bathroom then solid wood flooring is not recommended as the fluctuations in temperature and moisture may cause the planks to bow. The choice of material will all depend on the style you are trying to create. If you are wanting a cosy environment then carpet would be recommended, if you are wanting something more traditional then wood flooring would be the greatest option. Vinyl tiles and laminate flooring also offer a very modern appearance as they can be manufactured to replicate the appearance of a variety of raw materials, just at a much cheaper price.
The next decision is the style you are wanting to create. The traditional style will be created using a form of parquet flooring. This style of flooring originated in French Castles and has stayed a major trend ever since. Different materials can be used in the herringbone style of flooring as long as the blocks can form incredibly stunning patterns. Some modern designs also incorporate new parquet patterns that manufactures have only just designed in the 21st century. The obvious style is plain and simple. This is the most common style of flooring; however, you can spruce plain flooring up by using a product that has multiple tones throughout such as stone or marble.
Once you have got to this point and narrowed down your options you can start to think about the size of the product you may require. This decision will also take your budget into account. The general rule is the thicker the product the more expensive the product may be. When deciding on the thickness you should also be wary of the room you are wanting the new flooring in. If you purchase a 20mm thick floor and your room can only take a 15mm board then you will find that you will have to trim the bottom of your skirting boards and doors to ensure the floor sits flush. This is obviously an added cost to the renovation that may be avoided.
Finally make sure you research the installation process of the flooring you choose. Carpet installation will always require a professional carpet fitter, however many experienced DIYers should be able to install wood flooring without the help of an expert. Many flooring products are now manufactured to be easily installed and many laminate or wood flooring planks are able to be clicked together and installed like a big jigsaw.
Obviously, all decisions go down to personal preference, make sure you take the advice of the experts but do not be swayed and make your own decision.