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Choosing Flooring

Choosing the right flooring for your home is a big decision. Not only will it have an effect on the way your home looks, it will also impact how you feel about it for years to come. Here are some simple things to consider when deciding what flooring is best for your home.

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1. Budget

This may seem like an obvious one, but if you work out how much you have to spend up front, it allows you to decide what’s practical and what’s not.

Hardwood floors are one of the more expensive flooring options, while laminate timber floors can create a similar effect but are generally more affordable – with the added benefit of being hardwearing and easy to maintain.

Ceramic tiles are another affordable option and work particularly well if you live in an area that experiences a lot of heat.

Carpets can add great warmth and comfort to your room. The cost will depend on what you choose, with plush, denser carpets tending to be more expensive than shorter, sparser fibres.

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2. Lifestyle and use

Do you have kids or pets? If the answer is yes, then you’ll probably want options that are easy to clean and maintain.

What will your rooms be used for? Different types of rooms have their own special requirements. Heavy traffic areas, like entryways, should be hardwearing and durable while kitchens and bathrooms should be able to handle spills and moisture.

Laminates and tiles tend to stand up to heavy use, while carpets and hardwoods will generally show more wear.

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3. Style and décor

Your choice of carpet sets the tone for your room from the ground up. Carpet swatches are a good way to make sure your choice matches your furniture and walls to create the look you want. You can also get expert advice and see all the Bunnings carpet samples in your home, by booking a free in-home measure and quote with a Bunnings carpet consultant.

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4. Comfort

This is one of the most important factors. Think about how the floor will feel when you walk on it year round – when it’s both warm and cold.

If you spend a lot of time on the floor, or have young children, you may want to consider something softer to sit on.

Add rugs to wooden floors to create a softer feel in living areas or add in a runner to protect your hallway in high traffic areas.

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5. Climate

What’s the climate like where you live? Hard floors tend to have a cooling effect in a home, while carpets help insulate in colder weather.

It’s also important to note that some flooring is more resilient to changes in climate than others.

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6. Allergies and health factors

If someone in your family suffers from allergies, it is best to avoid carpets as they can hold allergens such as dust, mould, pet hair etc.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint Test.
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