When you build a new home, it is an exciting stage of life. Every colour choice, appliance and door handle is a reflection of your style and can create a subtle statement. One of the hardest design choices to make is which flooring is right for your new home, and with so many different options available it can be overwhelming.
When deciding on flooring it should be a decision based on both looks and function:
Timber floors are popular as they are long lasting and add a classic finish to any home. Available in a range of colours, wood types and thicknesses, this is a choice which will never look outdated. A small amount of maintenance is required, but wooden floors are easy to clean and best suit living spaces and kitchens. They can add extra warmth to the home, and will complement modern and rustic home design themes.
Alternative options to traditional wooden flooring are floating floors or bamboo floors. Floating floors are slightly cheaper and work well in high traffic areas, while bamboo flooring doesn’t have as many colour choices as timber, but is a durable option.
Tiles are no longer limited to your wet areas but can be used as flooring almost anywhere in the home. These are scratch resistant and easy to clean, and if you are a pet lover any accidents can be mopped up without any long term damage. Tiles come in a variety of patterns and colours, and offer a clean, fresh look to a modern home. The right tiles should be scratch and slip resistant, and last for years to come.
Once you have made the decision to go tiled, you will need to decide what type of tiles. A few options include marble, porcelain, ceramic, stone, cement and quartzite.
Wood look flooring has come a long way with many people opting for an alternative which is more waterproof and durable than traditional hardwood. In recent times, wood look tiles, laminate and vinyl have significantly improved in quality, and can all give the same look and feel as real wood.
Wood look tiles give a natural timber finish while offering all of the benefits which come with low maintenance tiles. These can be installed in any room of the house and are often made from recycled materials making them an environmentally friendly choice. These do need grout in between them, so it is important to have them expertly installed to maintain the faux timber style.
Carpet is cosy underfoot and is best suited to bedrooms and living rooms. Carpet comes in a variety of textures and quality and absorbs noise, creating a quieter home environment. It is warm, and different looks can be achieved depending on your selection. The disadvantage of carpet is that it can be difficult to clean, and stains can ruin the appearance. Carpets don’t age as well as wood or tiles and may need replacing if not protected.
Oversized rugs have become a popular design element, and these can be used to enhance and protect your carpeted areas.
Whichever option you choose, when you build or renovate your home with Brooks Construction we know it will be something you love. Remember, you can mix and match, for example carpets in the bedrooms and tiles throughout the rest of the house. It really comes down to personal preference, so take your time because this is a decision which you will be walking on!
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