Future proofing your home?

What about the aesthetic appeal of a wooden floor? It is often said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be that views on wood floors change from one person to the next. But is there a timeless quality to them?

If you are choosing a carpet, for instance, then there’s a good chance that you’ll be spending some time thinking about the existing colour scheme within your own home. This is sensible, since you won’t want to end up with a carpet that contrasts horribly with the way in which you have decorated the rest of the room. But what happens when you wish to redecorate in future?

One of the risks here is that you end up having to choose new colours on the basis of what will actually match the carpet. After all, replacing your carpets is likely to be an expensive option and one that you may understandable seek to avoid.

Does this mean that your choice of flooring ends up limiting your range of options? There certainly seems to be a danger of that and it should be no surprise to find that so many home owners discover that they are left acting in this way.

A wooden floor can offer a good alternative, simply because hardwood floors tend to match almost any colour scheme. They also look great for many years, meaning that they provide a degree of separation from the latest trends. That can certainly help to add value to your own home.

More advantages and disadvantages of wooden flooring

That question about warmth can possibly best be answered by pointing out that there are a range of options available to those who are concerned about getting cold feet. The recent trend to make wider use of underfloor heating certainly ties in rather nicely with the use of wooden floors, while some people are keen to opt for rugs and mats.

The use of rugs is clearly a question of personal choice. Is there any point in making use of wooden flooring, if you are really intent on hiding your choice away so that it can’t be seen in all its glory? Rather than answering that, it’s probably enough to say that home owners and other individuals will be inclined to make their own decisions.

Those looking at wooden flooring London, for example, may do so on the understanding that they are really buying a premium product. If you opt for something that you can be truly proud of, then why would you later hide that from view?

We’ve touched there on the view of hardwood flooring, in particular, as being something of a premium product. Does that automatically indicate that you’ll end up paying a lot more for it? This is when we start to discuss the subject of value for money. After all, does the amount that is spent necessarily equate to the quality of what you receive?

It’s certainly true that wooden floors will tend to be more expensive than other alternatives, but it’s rarely a case of carrying out a truly direct comparison.

Wood flooring: advantages and disadvantages

For those looking to make home improvements, a wide variety of options are available at any given point in time. Depending upon the room of the house that is to be improved, such options might extend to carpets, laminates, wood flooring and various other engineered solutions.

Wooden flooring is particularly popular at the moment, although it would be fair to say that it does not represent the best possible choice for all. How should you decide whether it’s the right choice in your own circumstances?

You’ll want to consider the likely use of the floor and to assess your priorities. This may seem obvious; after all, surely most people think about floors because they want to walk upon them! The level of use can vary, however, to a significant extent.

Are you looking at flooring for a room in a family home, for example? You may need to think carefully about likely wear and tear, together with the difficulties associated with keeping flooring looking clean and pristine. A carpet can provide a comfortable area on which children can play, but we all know that carpets tend to react poorly to spillages.

It may be that such a thought will have an impact on the type and colour of carpet that you select. Alternatively, there may be scope there to consider laminate or wooden flooring, on the grounds that they can be cleaned that bit more easily.

When we talk about comfort, we may also wish to think about the warmth that you feel underfoot – is it possible to get the same feeling from a wooden floor.