WHAT FLOORING IS BEST FOR A BUSY HOME?
What makes a busy home?
Within every home and office there is a natural flow of movement throughout the space. For example, you will feel it when you enter through the front door of your home, you are naturally drawn down a hallway into the living space or kitchen, but you do not feel that same pull to move into rooms off of the hallway like bedrooms. Movement through the space is a key element of design and these parts of the home we move through more often are classified as ‘high-traffic areas’.
When choosing flooring options for your home or business you should take into consideration what level of traffic the flooring will be subjected to. If you have children, pets or a large number of guests within the space this will impact the quality and lifespan of the flooring that you choose.
What happens if you neglect this aspect when choosing flooring?
Not all flooring is created equally and though the idea of carpet throughout your entire home may be at the top of your wish list, in reality it may not be a practical decision. High-traffic areas will naturally receive far more ‘foot traffic’ that brings in dirt, debris and moisture. This continuous pattern of movement will naturally create more wear and tear, will require more maintenance and can result in premature signs of aging compared to less frequented areas of the home.
What are the most durable options?
Vinyl plank flooring is the front runner for durable flooring options. The planks are manufactured with a scratch proof, anti-fade and stain resistant wear layer to combat heavy foot traffic. The planks lock together creating a 100% waterproof surface when installed correctly but also allow for singular planks to be replaced should damage occur making it one of the most economical options.
If you love your carpet, don’t worry we stock the Eco Triexta Carpet range. This Australian made, cut pile twist carpet comes with built in stain resistance so stains and mess wash away with just cold water. Triexta carpet has a five-star Residential Extra Heavy Duty rating and a 25 year Triexta Limited Residential Guarantee so no matter how busy your home is you can rest easy knowing you’ve made the best carpet choice. If you have children or pets, consider a darker carpet colour to prevent stains from being visible, this is also predicted to be a top carpet trend for 2023.
What should you steer clear from?
At the end of the day, you can choose whatever type of flooring you wish for your home, it will simply come down to how much effort you’re willing to put in to maintain the flooring and whether you have the budget to replace your flooring more frequently should you need to. To mitigate the need for constant carpet replacement we advise against choosing plush, light coloured carpets for your high traffic areas. While hardwood floors may be aesthetically pleasing, timber is a porous material, not fully waterproof and not as strong as PVC therefore you’re more likely to see scratching and signs of wear than you would when choosing vinyl plank flooring with a near identical wood profile.
Carpets On The Move have an extensive range of long-lasting flooring option for your busy home or workplace. We have a fast turnaround time and stock ready on hand so give us a call for a quote today!