If you’re ready to finally replace your old, worn out carpet, choosing the right type of flooring can be overwhelming. With so many options available, it can be hard to determine which type of flooring will work best for your budget and your home. From carpet to hardwood and everything in between, this short guide will help you choose the best type of flooring for your budget.
Carpet is one of the most flexible options budget-wise, running from a few hundred pounds into tens of thousands. However, it’s worth considering its upkeep and the likelihood of having to replace it if it gets damaged or stained. Other options may be more suitable in, for example, high-traffic areas or kids’ rooms.
Budget aside, if you’re looking for a floor that will last, wood is a good bet. It has an appealing, classic look that can improve any room in your home. It can, however, be an expensive option. It’s a good idea to work out the cost benefit of installing a wood floor as opposed to another type of flooring, taking into consideration that any damage can usually be easily repaired, negating the need to replace every few years.
Linoleum is an inexpensive flooring choice, and with its wide variety of colours and eco-conscious features (it’s recyclable, biodegradable and hard-wearing), it has experienced a resurgence in recent years, particularly for those on a budget. It is also self-healing to an extent, repairing its own small dents.
If you’re looking for flooring that looks like tile or hardwood but are on a tight budget, laminate is a good alternative. The cost per square foot is lower than real wood, making it an affordable option that still brings visual appeal. Laminate comes in lots of colours and variations; since there are so many options, it’s a great floor to reflect the personality of your home, while staying within budget.