How do I choose a durable flooring for my home?

When homeowners ask about durable flooring they often do not ask themselves the obvious question which is why they are looking for a durable surface. Is it for maintenance, because they expect the room to get a lot of wear because children or pets will be using the room, because of the possibility of spills or moisture or simply value for money and the time it will last until needing to be replaced.


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The modern trend is for industrial surfaces in the home such as concrete worktops and floors. Unfortunately, concrete and stone, although obviously hardwearing, are the least appropriate choices for flooring in a room which is likely to see high traffic. Such floors are cold to the touch and can be noisy. Laminate flooring or a hardwood option is a much better choice, even vinyl would be preferable, although it does have disadvantages.

Experts in floor laying will be able to help and their professional body’s website is a good starting point.

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Modern versions of laminate flooring have improved on their predecessors and are often scratch resistant, although they are best avoided in rooms with high moisture levels. Examples of these new and improved laminate surfaces can be found at websites such as

Hardwood flooring

Hardwood floors are a classic addition to any house, whether you are looking at restoring the original look of an older property or adding a sleek finish to a modern build, they remain extremely popular. Hardwood flooring is very durable with the correct maintenance regime, and with waxing and polishing, they can last for a very long time. Another benefit, furthermore, is that they can be refinished numerous times by sanding and applying a new finish as trends change or damage needs repairing. Although more costly than other options hardwood can be a money-saver in the long run.

Engineered wood flooring

Engineered wood flooring is another option. Because it has a veneer finish it cannot be re-modelled in the way that a hardwood floor can and so its lifespan will depend upon how long that finish lasts.

One newcomer to the range of flooring options is comfort flooring, moisture resistant and warm to the touch. This provides another durable and tough option making it suitable for high-traffic areas.

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