If you’re considering updating your flooring, both inside and outside your house, you will want to make sure that your home still looks stylish as well as practical. We will outline some of the best options available to you, for both inside and outside of your home, before you head out to look for the best flooring brands for you home.
Solid wood has always been a very popular type of flooring for inside your home. It can be bought in strips or planks and is made from various kinds of wood such as maple, oak or Brazilian cherry. Solid wood can be bought either unfinished or finished and if you choose unfinished, you will need to sand it and finish it once it’s been installed. The advantage of solid wood is that it looks great in any home and it is easy to maintain. It is best to use hardwood in those places where there’s not much traffic.
- Engineered wood
Similar to hardwood, engineered wood is also available in different width and patterns. Engineered wood can be glued or nailed down and some engineered wood is actually available in tongue and groove, clip together flooring. The advantage of engineered wood is that it is less expensive than hardboard but offers the same look. Engineered wood is also less sensitive to humidity and temperature. Additionally, engineered wood can be placed directly over a concrete texture which is not possible with hardwood.
Bamboo flooring looks and feels like hardwood and has increased in popularity due to it being eco-friendly. It is available in different patterns and it is tough and durable. The downside of bamboo flooring is that if you choose a cheaper option, it is prone to dents and scratches.
- Ceramic tiles
Ceramic tiles come in many different patterns, shapes and colours and there are different types of ceramic tile available. These are quarry tile, porcelain and terracotta and there are so many different types of styles to choose from, Tiles can fit into most homes but the disadvantage of tiled flooring is that it can feel hard and cold on the feet.
Laminate flooring is available in either tiles or planks and usually, it can be installed straight on top of your old flooring and doesn’t require any nails, glue or epoxy resin. It mimics stone and wood but it is far cheaper than these two options. One disadvantage of laminate flooring is that it can be slippery when it is wet.
There are lots of different types of textures, materials and colours when it comes to carpet. You can choose between polyester, wool, nylon, polypropylene and acrylic. The higher the density of the carpet, the more durable the carpet will be. Many of us like carpet as it feels soft and warm and it is easy to install as well as being slip-resistant. The disadvantage of carpet compared to hardwood, for example, is that it is harder to keep clean. Even if you vacuum regularly, you will need to steam clean carpet in order to fully remove any dirt from your carpet.
- Traditional wooden composite decking
When it comes to appearance, this is the most versatile of options as it can give your outdoor patio floor a homely, modern yet rustic feel. This option never goes out of fashion and therefore it’s the perfect choice if you’re looking for something with longevity. With composite wood decking, you get the best of both worlds as you will have a floor that looks like wood, but it is made using modern technology. Similar to vinyl, it is less hassle than real wood flooring and easy to maintain. If you decide to have wood decking then you will have outside flooring that most will envy.
- Tile or porcelain flooring
A lot of the time, stone patio tiles are not actually made of stone as they are made of porcelain. The beauty of tiled flooring is that it is easy to maintain and it is great for entertaining. If you like to have friends over and entertain, just be careful if you decide to use tiles near a pool for example as they will be slippery.
- Artificial grass
Artificial grass is like composite decking and looks extremely real. The advantage of artificial grass is that maintenance is reduced. Additionally, it’s perfect if anyone in the family suffers from allergies and it also suits both kids and pets. The downside to artificial grass is the cost as it is expensive, to begin with.
If you fancy a change from your concrete driveway then brick is another option. Brick is also suitable for a patio or for creating an outdoor fireplace. It is a durable option and requires little maintenance. Another advantage of using brick is that it is environmentally friendly and unlike stone, it does keep warm. The downside of having a brick floor is that brick is porous, which means it will retain water. Additionally, it’s difficult to remove brick flooring if you need to replace any of the bricks
- Outdoor carpet
Outdoor carpet actually exists and when we talk about outdoor carpet, we are not talking about the kind of carpet that you have inside your home. If you decide to get an outdoor carpet, you need to ensure that it is suitable for outdoor use. Outdoor carpet is usually low pile and similar to carpet that is seen in an office. Outdoor carpet is usually used to cover patio areas and those areas that are not prone to lots of water.
As you can see there are plenty of choices when it comes to flooring for both the inside and outside of your home.