Which Flooring Should I Use Around My Home?

Whether you’ve recently bought a new home or are simply looking to redecorate, deciding on the right flooring for your home will be a huge consideration. Flooring can change the whole look of a room, so of course style is an important aspect to think about, but you also need to know that your flooring can take the daily grind of people passing through your house, cope with changing temperatures in the home and handle a few accidental spills.

If you’re unsure which flooring you should use in different rooms, we’ve put together a table that should help you decide! For more detail, see below…

What are the question marks for? Well, there isn’t a simple yes or no answer for these combinations….

      • Engineered Wood in Kitchens
        If you’re quick to mop up spills, you’ll be fine with an engineered floor. Otherwise choose something a bit more resistant.
      • Laminate In Kitchens & Bathrooms
        Again, you’ll need to be quick to mop up spills – unless you choose a 100% waterproof laminate such as Quickstep.
    • Carpet on the Staircase
      Choose your carpet carefully, only certain types (Coir or Sisal) are suitable for stairs.

Which Flooring Should I Use in the Living Room?

You’re pretty unrestricted when it comes to choosing flooring for your living room. There’s generally low traffic in this room as most will head straight to the sofa for a sit down and watch the TV, and it’s a fairly stable room in terms of temperature and moisture so you needn’t worry too much about your flooring warping.

Which Flooring Should I Use in the Kitchen?

Kitchens however, are notoriously high traffic areas. One of the main hubs of the house, your kitchen floor should be ready to take a lot of spills and scratches. You’ll need a durable bit of flooring such as vinyl, but you can splash out on engineered wood flooring or laminate if you’re quick to clean up spills. Remember, if you’re anticipating a lot of spills you may be wise to invest in a waterproof laminate.

Which Flooring Should I Use in the Bathroom?

Bathrooms suffer from a lot of spills and splashes and need to be able to resist high moisture levels. The most waterproof flooring we would recommend is vinyl, but a good waterproof laminate will do the job too.

Which Flooring Should I Use in the Conservatory?

The temperature of conservatories changes drastically and from one extreme to the other. Most flooring will be able to handle these changes in temperature, but solid wood floors will shrink and expand depending on their moisture levels which will leave you with cracked, lifted and warped flooring.

Which Flooring Should I Use in the Basement?

The same goes for the basement – another room that can be extremely hot and humid and extremely cold and dry in the space of a day. Avoid solid wood flooring but enjoy any other kind of flooring.

Which Flooring Should I Use on the Stairs?

Stairs are a high traffic area so your flooring needs to be durable, but most importantly the flooring needs to be non-slip to keep it as safe as possible. Vinyl would be too slippy to be safe on the stairs, but if you’re keen to have wood stairs you can opt for laminate, engineered or solid wood to create the desired effect. If you’d prefer a carpet, only use Coir or Sisal.

Which Flooring Should I Use with Underfloor Heating?

Most wood effect flooring can be used with underfloor heating, but again because of the variations in temperature solid wood flooring wouldn’t be appropriate. Most carpets can also be used with underfloor heating, but make sure that it’s not got an insulating underlay as the heat won’t be able to pass through!

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