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The most affordable flooring types revealed…

There are loads of options available today when choosing affordable flooring for your home. All have different advantages as an alternative to more expensive flooring, and all can provide cost effective, good looking, flooring for your home.

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Laminate flooring.

Laminate flooring is very popular. New technology means that laminate planks can provide excellent quality, at a reasonable price, and in a range of styles. Installation is easy, it resists mould, and doesn’t require much maintenance. However, it cannot be refinished, and it can dent or suffer water damage.

Engineered wood flooring.

Engineered wood flooring gives both the look and feel of hardwood at significant savings. It is easy to install, comes in a variety of styles, resists moisture well, and is environmentally friendly. With a thick veneer, it can be refinished, although this decreases the flooring’s lifespan. It is, however, more expensive than other affordable floor types. Which has a very good guide on different wood flooring types.

Cork flooring.

Cork floors are durable, resistant to fire, mould and mildew, and the soft feel is perfect for families with young children. The insulating property of cork, combined with its renewable nature makes it an environmentally friendly choice. However, it does require professional installation, loses its colour in the sunlight, and is not suitable for pets.

Vinyl flooring.

This offers excellent value for money and a vast range of styles. Installation is simple and can be done yourself. The material is flexible and resilient, with an average lifespan of fifteen years and it doesn’t need much maintenance. However, vinyl can be damaged by sharp objects, and the subfloor must be even to avoid lumps in the finish. UK Flooring has examples of different styles suitable for any home design – http://www.ukflooringdirect.co.uk/.

Carpet and carpet tiles.

Carpet flooring, whether using tiles or fitted wall-to-wall, is another popular option, and the range of styles offered in the market is so comprehensive that it can fit into any interior design. Carpeting is versatile, providing warmth and insulation for almost any room in the house, and tiles can be fitted without the need for professional installers. However, it does absorb moisture, can stain, or get mildew when left damp, so it is not a good choice for bathroom flooring. The fibres also collect dust, and dust mites, and should probably be avoided by pet-owning families.