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Choosing the flooring for you home can be a difficult decision. You want something that will last a long time – even in rooms such as the kitchen that experience the most footfall. You also want a flooring option that is easy to keep clean.

When searing for suitable flooring for your home one of the things at the forefront of your mind is the cost. You want all of the factors mentioned above but at a price that is affordable to you.

Here are some different types of flooring options and the benefits and detriments of them.


Laminate flooring is relatively cheap and is the next best thing to solid wood flooring however it comes with many downfalls. One of which is that is marks easily. For example if you have had the kitchen table or a sofa in the same place for a while it is likely that it has dented the flooring. Laminate also warps with water, damp and heat – making it the least popular flooring option for the kitchen.


Carpet is probably one of the most traditional options of flooring. There is no doubt that carpet makes a room feel cosier and it also offers additional warmth and insulates the heat. However carpet can dirty easily and light carpets in particular can be difficult to clean making it home for bacteria. Carpet can also lose its pile when furniture has been places on top of it.

The cost of carpet varies. It is important to spend that little extra though on quality carpet to ensure it lasts.


Concrete is the least favoured floor option because it is known to make a room cold. Concrete is also difficult to clean because of its rough texture and is also prone to cracks which can get bigger and are difficult to salvage without them returning.


Vinyl flooring has very much been a quite popular option of flooring because it is easy to clean and is very durable. Best vinyl flooring comes in a wide variety of colours to suit any room style. What is so great about vinyl flooring is that it is so cost effective and it can be very inexpensive to fit a room out.

No matter what option of flooring you choose it is worthwhile taking into consideration the whole room and the overall style you intend to create. Also think about warmth, durability and cleanliness.

Jon Crane is a vinyl floor fitter working on behalf of The UK’s number 1 flooring specialist.