Start with the look you like
Your new floor is going to be something you live with for a long time so notice what floor drew your eye the first time you saw it. From years of selling
Once you have a colour and style you like, you can consider what material will best match your lifestyle.
Questions to ask should include:
Do you love the beach? Will sand be carried into the house by children or tenants less careful about cleaning their feet than you? Do you have dogs inside that could scratch a varnished floor? Do you want to keep cleaning to a minimum?
If the answer is yes to any of these questions then consider a laminate floor. Laminate will give you
A quality laminate is waterproof, has a lower repeat rate in the plank design and will have better colours and surface texture, which make the boards more authentic looking. By
If you love a glossy deep sheen floor then timber is your obvious choice. Engineered timber will give you a far tougher finish than a board that needs to be sanded and vanished in your home. Ask your local flooring shop to show you the difference.
Buying local and using a team in your area to lay it will mean there is someone close by to sort out any issues you have with the product should they arise down the line.
Lastly, take your own advice. Others will have their own ideas, but this is your floor, so pick it for you, not to please someone else.
By Guy Thornycroft