Some areas of our homes naturally suffer more wear and tear than others. High-traffic areas like kitchens and hallways tend to attract a lot of footfall and need floor coverings that are durable, hardwearing and easy to keep clean. Here is our guide to the best floor covering ideas for high-traffic areas.
Things to consider when choosing new flooring for your home
To choose the best new flooring for your home, you first need to understand the specific conditions and needs of the area in question. Think about what activities take place there. Consider whether the area is prone to high-impact activities due to children or pets or whether it will be impacted by large amounts of water, humidity or moisture, such as in a bathroom. It is also important to think about how easy it will be to maintain the flooring and keep it looking good, as well as the overall look you want to achieve. One type of flooring may be great in one high-traffic area but not in another.
Types of floor covering that are ideal for high-traffic areas
Hardwood flooring can be ideal for a lounge, dining room, kitchen or hallway and gives a beautiful, natural look to your home. Choose great-quality hardwood flooring with the appropriate sealant or finish to make it long lasting and add value to your home in the process. Hardwood is not great with water, though, so avoid it in areas like bathrooms.
Whether they are porcelain or ceramic, tiles are one of the best materials for providing durability. They are moisture-resistant, which makes them great for bathrooms and kitchens where there can often be spills. You can also get glazed tiles that are scratch-resistant. Cleaning tiles is simple, making them a great choice for hallways and porches. Not only are well-laid tiles hardwearing and long lasting, but they also come in a huge array of sizes, colors and patterns.
A more cost-effective flooring, laminate can still give your home the look of hardwood flooring. It is scratch-resistant and very easy to clean, making it great for homes with children and pets. However, it is not great in areas with water as it could swell if soaked.
Vinyl is a great flooring choice for many high-traffic areas of the home, including moisture-prone spaces such as bathrooms. It is durable, easy to clean, cost-effective and is available in a wide choice of colors and styles. It is naturally resistant to stains, which makes it another popular choice for families who have small children and pets.
To find your perfect floor covering, you need to consider how much the area is used, what uses it has, your budget and the look you want to achieve. Designers Resource Centre will be happy to help you discover the best option for your home, including their exceptional range of hardwood, vinyl and laminate flooring.