Questions to ask when choosing floors: buying guide Norfolk
13:45 12 April 2022
13:54 12 April 2022
From durability to stain resistance to the type of underlayment to use, there’s a lot to consider when choosing flooring for your home.
Neil Hubbard, flooring manager at Aldiss department store in Norfolk, shares seven key questions you should ask before buying flooring to help you make the right choice.
1. Is the floor suitable for the room?
“The first, and perhaps most important, question is ‘which room does the flooring go into?’ “because it will help you narrow down your options,” says Neil.
For heavy-use areas, like the hallway, your flooring will need to be resistant to daily wear and tear. “Vinyl is a good durable option for high traffic areas or luxury vinyl tile (LVT) which has an extra protective layer and is even more durable,” suggests Neil.
Aldiss offers a variety of LVT and vinyl flooring, including popular brands Amtico and Moduleo, which are also suitable for high humidity environments, such as kitchens and bathrooms.
Twist pile rugs can also work well in high traffic areas. “The Primo Grande range of heavy-duty carpets offer excellent value for money and are ideal for high traffic areas such as stairs,” says Neil. For less used rooms where you want something soft underfoot, he suggests shag rugs: “Saxon rugs are very popular for bedrooms because of their luxurious look.
2. Is the rug stain resistant?
Spills are unavoidable in family homes, and while no material can be completely stain resistant, certain qualities can help keep your flooring looking its best. “Wool rugs have natural stain resistant characteristics and synthetic materials such as polypropylene are usually quite tough,” says Neil.
For rooms where there’s more activity, like the living room, he recommends choosing a rug made from a mix of natural and synthetic fibers. “Mixed-fiber rugs will have the best chance of retaining their appearance,” he says, adding that you should “look for a material that you can clean with bleach to help remove stains, and use rugs and mats for extra protection”.
3. Is the rug moth proof?
A question that many people overlook is whether or not the carpet is protected against moths – but these annoying pests are more common than you might think. Large holes and spun bear sections are telltale signs of a moth infestation.
“A lot of people don’t realize that moths can do a lot of damage to the natural fibers in thick wool rugs,” says Neil. “Synthetic rugs made of nylon and polypropylene are more resistant to moths, but you can also help deter insects by vacuuming thoroughly and regularly.”
4. Is the flooring pet friendly?
If you are a pet owner, you will need to look for flooring that combines high durability with low maintenance. However, Neil warns that some materials may appear to have superior wear resistance, although this is not always the case.
“Hardwood flooring seems like a practical choice for homes with pets, but it can actually scratch and stain very easily and can take a lot of work to keep in good condition,” he says. “Instead, I recommend an LVT that’s easy to clean and doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, or even a heavy-duty rug.
“Putting a Hug mat on the front and back doors can also help absorb moisture and dirt brought in by pets,” he adds.
5. What underlay do I need for my flooring?
Underlay is laid between your flooring and the subfloor and has many benefits, including keeping it level, extending its life and providing sound and heat insulation.
“There are several different types of underlay available depending on your needs, and I always recommend speaking to a flooring specialist who can advise on the best choice for you,” says Neil.
6. How should I install my flooring?
Once you’ve chosen your siding, you’ll need to think about how you want it installed. It’s possible to install vinyl plank and laminate flooring yourself, but keep in mind that it can be a lot of work and a costly mistake if you get it wrong.
Carpet installation is often entrusted to professionals. “Our expert installers will ensure a fantastic end result and can provide a much faster service compared to DIY installation. We offer a full free carpet installation service for customers spending over £500 on carpet and buy a Treadmore underlay from Aldiss,” says Neil.
7. How much will it cost?
The total cost will depend on the type of flooring you choose and the square footage you need to cover. Naturally, the better and more durable the material, the more expensive it will be, but you can always find more affordable alternatives that seem just as effective.
Fortunately, Aldiss offers a wide range of flooring options to suit all budgets. “Vinyl is a great cheaper option, and it comes with a range of styles and designs. LVT is higher quality with a realistic wood or stone effect finish,” says Neil. “Similarly, we offer economy rugs and more luxurious versions to suit all needs.”
To browse the full range of flooring at Aldiss, visit the stores in Norwich or Fakenham. Otherwise, go to aldiss.com.