tile is nice. there is also nice laminate.
carpet catches too many allergens.
My preference is wooden floors and especially the laminate wood look floors. They are warm to the feet in winter and cool in the summer. They bring life to the room and look inviting and comfortable. They require little care and will shine with a clean damp mop wipe over. You can't say any of that with tile floors. I would be limited with tile floors. Wooden laminate floors look good in formal or informal settings and are very versatile.
Wood, if it is a general living area or a bedroom. We have mostly wood, with tiles in the kitchen. The tiles are freezing to stand on in winter - I wouldn't want them all over the house. Plus, everything delicate that has ever been dropped on them smashes into smithereens, whereas on the wood floors most things bounce.
Good wooden floors should last for years, whereas carpets do not stay looking good for long, plus they are harder to clean.
I love wood, particularly dark wood. Tiles are cold. Wood adds warmth and makes a home cozy. That having been said, tiles are also functional, often best in say an outdoor room or foyer. Wood floors require more care. Where I live I have to worry about sand being ground into my wood floors. So circumstances do vary which must come into play when deciding. Good luck!!
I would recommend wood, but the choice will depend on a few factors including your lifestyle,
1. The use of the space:-Wooden floors are better aucostic material..so if you plan to use it for music or entertainment wood is better
2. Size of the room which will have an effect on the cost of the material you choose. Depends on the type or style you choose there could be price differnecs for both tiles and Wood
3. Tiles are generally easier to clean but are not very cosy.
Hope this helps.
I would always say no to carpets, especially wall to wall carpeting. They are difficult to keep clean, especially if you have children or pets. My main objection though, focuses on health. Carpets are a haven for dust mites - get rid of the carpets - get rid of asthma and other allergy related conditions. Tiles can have under floor heating to stop that foot aching cold and wood naturally takes on an ambient temperature. If you must have floor coverings, go for rugs which can be taken outside and beaten. It's great exercise, a stress buster, in fact a work out for mind and body!
I would say solid wood, and I currently have about 19 square metres of the stuff stacked in my bedroom waiting for somebody to fit it in my lounge.
I would say however that you should be very careful when buying. If you are buying a solid oak floor then you should really be looking at buying planks which are at least 18mm thick. Otherwise your run the risk of bowing or splitting and you will soon find yourself replacing.
Some cheaper wood alternatives can be bought a little thinner, Parawood is a good alternative and very hard wearing - 15mm Parawood should suffice. I wouldn't recommend Bamboo flooring - scratches, dents, and marks far too easily. I wouldn't recommend veneered flooring either, as you generally cant extend the life through sanding. Getting a wood floor which can be sanded 3, 4, or even 5 times in its lifetime will make it a fantastic investment. Real wood top layer flooring can be OK, but you are looking at getting just 1 or 2 opportunities to sand down in the future if opting for this.
I have read a lot about wooden floors over the past 6 weeks, maybe I should be writing a hubpage on this
Spending $5 extra per square metre can be the difference between a beautiful long-lasting floor and something which will be lucky to last a decade. I can't wait to get mine laid, it looks fantastic.
we have something in common! I have 5 tonnes of oak stacked in my kitchen. It's French oak, reclaimed from a massive storm a few years ago. We agonised for ages about whether to have solid throughout the house or whether to use engineered oak in areas like the bathroom and corridor of the renovation. We've gone for a mix depending on use, and are using the veneered in areas where the movement of the chestnut beams may be a problem and solid where ever we can get away with it. The veneer is much thicker than most engineered floor boards and will stand sanding. The difficult thing was sourcing the material because as you say, most veneered flooring is so thin that it's a waste of money. Make sure you get some knee protectors, the price you pay for laying your beautiful floor is a limp like Long John Silver!
Engineered hardwood floors! Inexpensive and durable, with the look and warmth of real wood. I especially like the wide planks.
Habee has nailed it! She is absolutely correct! Oh, the wide planks are very neat!
I love wood flooring! The warm tone cozies up a room. I especially like Brazilian Cherry. Tile floors are great though for bathrooms or mudrooms. We put radiant floor heating under our tile which is wonderful in the cold months! Wood is quite durable but tile is better for areas that are more likely to get wet.
Wooden floors are great in feel and to look at, but I dread the maintenance portion of it, and living in an area with a fear for termites, that would point to disastrous. Changed my wooden floors to tiles - lesser worries and maintenance need to be done now.
Carpet if you don't live in a hot climate and marble if you do
Carpet, tile and hardwood flooring all have their place. Carpet has a nice feel to it, but is impossible to keep clean.
Tile holds up well in kitchens and bathrooms, just take care not to drop anything breakable, it will shatter when it hits the floor, as someone mentioned earlier.
Hardwood floor has a warmth and look that is great. Mixing all three may be something worth reconsideration, or not. I thank life is too short to live with something you do not feel good living with.
There's not much I can say that hasn't already been said. Ryankett made a pretty solid case. My vote depends on the room, but I've always gone with Armstrong flooring in the kitchen and bathrooms, and hardwood everywhere else. If I want to cozy, fuzzy on my feet I get an area rug. Carpets are harder to maintain, wear easily and annoying to fix. Hardwood, 50 years from now can be sanded down and refinished, and look brand new. I like laminate, but quality means a lot with laminate. If you're not careful you'll end up with boards whose tops start to lift as soon as water hits them (spills and whatnot), are hard to get clean as they constantly look streaky and can also be quite cold. Really good laminate is nice though.
So. Armstrong flooring and hardwood!
Depends on your budjet. Some carpet will be the cheapest
if money isnt a issue :
living room or den dining room- wood
kitchen -bathroom - tile
I think that Wood Flooring is much better then carpet. Wood flooring is much easier to maintain compare to carpets, as carpet easily trap dust and germs.
If taken care of properly, wood flooring will last and look beautiful forever. Carpet will certainly wear over time and tile can be very cold and painful to stand on for long periods of time. Just my 2 cents.
Wooden floor would be best in my point of view. If polished and maintained on a regular basis it can look attractive and it will definitely be long lasting. Tiles are also good but after a while if marble is broken then it can be dangerous at least if there are children in home. Marble is no doubt attractive and can give a good looking image but it should be maintained properly then.
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