It can be difficult knowing which floor to choose for your family, as many families have many different needs. It can also be hard to know what is bet if you are on a budget, or what to avoid altogether, so Luxury Flooring & Furnishings have kindly compiled a best of list for you to easily whittle down the options.
Most Durable – Wood
Solid and engineered wood flooring, particularly walnut and oak flooring, is highly durable. As these are hardwoods, they can withstand even the heaviest footfall, and last 25 years without being sanded. After being sanded and refinished, they can last another 10 years each time! And with 8 sands in a lifetime of an average solid wood floor, this has great implications for the lifespan of a floor.
Avoid – LVT. This is least durable in terms of footfall and guarantee over time. Heavier objects when dropped risk denting LVT more-so than other floor coverings, but it is however excellent for other reasons, outlined further on.
Most Hygienic – LVT
LVT – luxury vinyl tiles – is the most hygienic flooring for many reasons. Firstly, it is simple to clean. Spillages do not become stains, and they can be wiped away with ease. Even normal cleaning needs only a damp mop and not usually any specialist cleaning products. LVT, unless otherwise stated is also non-textured, meaning no crumbs can get between gaps. You can use feature strips or design strips between tiles to create the look of a real tiles floor whilst also reducing the amount of crumbs getting trapped between them.
Avoid – Carpet. Carpet is the hardest to clean, can start to smell, and any dirt and spillages that go unnoticed can become trapped, cause permanent damage, and attract mites. If you have pets, the problem gets worse, and on children there is a large impact. Until they are grown up, it is best to leave carpet alone.
Most Slip Resistant – Laminate or LVT
Laminate and LVT are equal on this one – both are slip resistant, and some even come with R ratings that range from 9 to 13 – the higher the better. However, laminate has a slight edge as more laminates offer textured versions which aids this resistance further. If you are considering a floor for a bathroom however, it is important to note that while the surface and backing of laminate are water resistant, the core layer isn’t. This means you should use underlay with damp proof membrane (DPM) included, and ensure planks are tightly laid with no gaps, and any water is cleaned up quickly.
Avoid – Tiles. Porcelain, ceramic and glass tiles will be slippery in all environments, so it is never wise to consider them if you are looking to avoid trips and falls. There are non-slip versions available, but laminate and LVT are still better options – particularly if textured ones are chosen.
We hope this guide has helped in your quest for the ideal home. Any other thoughts? Leave a comment!