The best type of flooring for high-traffic areas
New flooring is one of the best ways you can elevate and upgrade the look of your home. When choosing the type of flooring you want to use, the first thing you need to determine is the amount of activity each room sees.
Your home may see a lot of foot traffic coming through a main hallway into your living room or bedroom. It could be your kitchen or lounge spaces, or open dining area where people tend to gather. Some families have a rumpus room or plenty of rambunctious pets to contend with.
Knowing which areas in your home receive the most amount of foot traffic is important to determine the type of flooring you’ll need. Exceptionally high levels of foot traffic require flooring that is sturdy, hard-wearing and will stand the test of time.
There are plenty of great options to choose from when it comes to the best type of flooring for high-traffic areas.
Soft and cushiony underfoot, carpet is a wonderful way of bringing warmth and sweet comfort into your home. Carpet is relatively easy to maintain and can provide a luxurious feel to your rooms, especially when teamed with a great underlay.
Carpet is more likely to be subjected to wear and tear over time. Over the years it may discolour in the sun, stain from use, have pulled fibres from pet claws, end up pilling (depending on the style of carpet) or develop bald spots in high-traffic areas.
To ensure you get the most out of carpet in high-traffic areas, we recommend choosing high-quality, synthetic fibres that can withstand even the toughest corridors of your home.
One of the most robust types of flooring around, laminate is an excellent choice for high-traffic floorspaces. Laminate flooring is a great alternative to expensive, high-maintenance hard-wood timber, offering greater durability with the look and feel of timber.
Many people choose laminate planks for aesthetic appeal, exceptional durability and low-maintenance costs. Unlike hard-wood timber, laminate flooring does not require sanding or polishing as it contains a wear layer to protect the decorative and core layers underneath. However, once worn down or damaged, laminate planks require careful replacement.
A highly popular choice for high-traffic areas is vinyl flooring. Whether choosing vinyl sheets or planks, vinyl looks luxurious, feels incredibly comfortable and is comparable in durability, look and feel to laminate.
To reduce the chances of damaging your vinyl flooring we recommend keeping pet nails trimmed, and having mats at all outdoor entrances to the home, to ensure that outdoor matter is captured before it is walked throughout your home.
The best of laminate and vinyl, combined in one tough product. Hybrid flooring is made with cutting-edge technology, providing the look of hardwood timber flooring while being 100% waterproof, resilient to temperature changes, while being completely odour, scratch and stain resistant.
More rigid than vinyl with UV-coating for high-impact resistance, hybrid flooring is an exceptional choice for high-traffic areas requiring the toughest of flooring solutions.
Need help choosing? Contact our friendly staff and we’ll help you find the right flooring product for your needs – whether it’s a renovation or a new build, we’ve got all your flooring needs.