When making any home improvements, one of the first things many of us think about is ‘how much will it cost?’. When it comes to flooring there are, of course, other things to think about. Such as, what’s the best flooring for a bathroom and other rooms, and what will be durable in a busy home. But affordability will often be a top deciding factor.
With the huge varieties of flooring out there, it can be difficult to narrow down exactly what you need. Fortunately, we have flooring guides to help you as well as explaining the flooring options that are best for your budget.
Although keeping the overall cost down of materials and installation of flooring is important when working to a budget, it’s not the whole story – there’s a risk of ‘false economy’. You may end up spending more on replacing flooring if it’s wearing out faster than harder wearing, yet more expensive, flooring would. This can be true for busy households and high traffic areas such as hallways.
Another thing to consider is the cost of fitting. Doing it yourself is the cheapest way, of course, but check in case the type of flooring needs specialist equipment and materials. Would it be easier to bring in an installer instead of covering the cost of particular accessories and tools? Which underflooring material will you need? Take into account the full cost of materials and installation to make your decision, as these costs can spiral if not planned out.
There are many reasons to replace flooring, whether that’s from general wear and tear or giving a room a spruce up. If you’re a homeowner, take the potential value of the property into account. Flooring can have an effect on the overall value of a house, so while it can make financial sense in the short term to install more affordable flooring, is it the best choice in the long run? It might be worth investing in more desirable materials, such as engineered or solid wood flooring.
Making home improvements like a new floor can be tricky. That’s why we’re here to help with guidance on the best flooring for your home.