Hints & Tips
When you have a house, choosing a new flooring is a little easier, simply because you’ll likely have more space to play with. You’ll probably be able to pick whatever floorcovering you like, as it will only affect you and your family.
However, if you live in a flat, you’ll also need to consider those living below and beside you. Your flooring choice can affect them and also you’ll likely have less space to make a particular style and design work. The main consideration you will have to make is about noise, as nobody likes a noisy neighbour.
With this in mind, we wanted to go through some options for choosing the right flooring for your flat.
Choosing a carpet could be right
Carpet can be a great choice for a flat, simply because it can help to absorb noises like heavy footsteps, furniture scraps and dropped items. If you also get a quality underlay, it’s likely that your neighbors won’t hear a thing, especially if they live below you. Of course there is a drawback to choosing carpet flooring, if you’re allergic to the allergens that like to live in carpet fibres.
Have a look at laminate flooring
Laminate flooring can look and feel amazing, and it has many benefits but it may not be the best choice for a flat. The main attraction of this type of flooring option is that it’s cheap and quite cost-effective. However, you would need to install a really high-quality sound-insulating underlay with it, so this would likely end up being more expensive in the long run.
Maybe time to pick luxury vinyl tiles
Vinyl is actually one of the most popular flooring options available, as it has much better noise insulating properties than laminate. It’s always worth checking your paperwork to see if you’re allowed to install this type of flooring in your flat. If you are, make sure you also use a good underlay to boost the noise insulation even more. This type of flooring can come in wood designs and stone designs. Plus, the tiles are waterproof and very durable, so can be perfectly suitable for a kitchen or bathroom in your flat.
Could opt for wood flooring
Wood flooring is highly customisable and can be tailored to truly provide you with a personalised look and feel for your flooring. It’s also beautiful, but unfortunately it is deemed too noisy for use in flats. Check over your flat paperwork to make sure there won’t be any issues if you choose to install this type of flooring, as it can be one of the more expensive options.
Whether you choose carpets or luxury vinyl tiles to install, having a good quality noise-reducing underlay beneath is vital. If you’re still really unsure about what flooring to choose for your flat, our experts are here to help – get in touch today!