Picking flooring for your home and unsure of what direction to take your décor in? Take a look at the comprehensive list below to find out all you need to know about the most popular types of flooring on the market:

Carpet

Advantages

Nothing quite beats carpet on the coziness front. It insulates sound and heat, and thanks to the wonder of modern technology fibers can be engineered to suit all needs. You can find carpets made from material that reduces allergens, is more durable, and is stain resistant. It's also quick to install and comes in all types of styles and prices. Low traffic areas like the bedroom are prime candidates for this type of flooring.

Disadvantages

Even though you can buy specialized material, carpets are always going to suffer more from stains and wear and tear in general – they should be steam cleaned a few times a year to content with this. Those who suffer with serious allergies should also avoid carpet.

Hardwood

Advantages

Hardwood looks classically appealing and adds value to your home. It's also quick and easy to clean, whilst also being strong.

Disadvantages

One word – cost. Hardwood also needs regular maintenance to keep it looking its best and to protect it in the long run.

Laminate

Advantages

Laminate is an affordable option which gives the illusion of traditional hardwood or even tile. It's not easily scratched, can't be stained, and is easy to look after.

Disadvantages

It can't be refinished, so if you are unfortunate enough to damage it your only option is to replace it.

Tile

Advantages

Tile comes in a variety of different materials, each of which offers its own benefits. For example you can opt for glazed, ceramic tile if you require extreme durability. Stains don't penetrate too and cleaning is easy.

Disadvantages

Tiles are not the coziest option and they provide no sound installation. Additionally they can be on the pricier side.

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