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choosing the best flooring options for your new home

You've been thinking about moving to a new home in Perth for a while now, and finally decided on having your dream house built for you. Good decision. But now you have a lot more questions than when you started, including things that could affect your everyday life, like the materials and finishes throughout your beautiful new home.

At apg homes we understand the need to enjoy every aspect of your home, both visually and practically. That's why we provide a range of finishing and tweaking options to make sure you get exactly what you want out of your off the plan home.

Flooring options are one of the things that can be used very effectively to blend open-plan areas. A kitchen and dining room may share the same tiled floor, whilst the carpeted lounge has a separate feel. If the downstairs area of your two storey house has mostly wooden floors, a carpeted staircase can effectively delineate living areas and bedrooms. 

Pros and Cons:

Wood. As a flooring option wood is more versatile than most. It can be used to equal effect in kitchen, dining, living and bathroom applications. The reason for this is that a well-finished wood is as resilient as tile, but also has a warm feel to it to make it suitable for living areas.

Wooden floors can make a room harder to heat if you don't have rugs or furniture to provide contrasting surfaces to insulate the room. Wood can of course be slippery, and softer woods can be damaged, so extra care needs to be taken with high heels, active children and a pet's claws.

Carpet. Carpeting is great for a few reasons. Carpeting can be one of the most cost effective ways of covering a floor. However, if you have a bit more in the budget, a nice carpet is even better.

Carpets are great for making a room feel cosy and warm, and the thicker the underlay and pile, the more luxurious the feel. Carpets also come in various materials, designs and textures, and can be varied throughout the house to great effect.

Tile. Areas that are commonly tiled in most homes are kitchens, bathrooms and laundries. Quite often open-plan dining rooms will be tiled as well. And of course entranceways can greatly benefit from tiling. Modern tiles are generally very hard wearing, and are not prone to chips or cracks. However, it always helps to keep a box of tiles in case you drop something heavy on your tiled floor - that specific tile might have gone out of production by that time.

Tiles are ubiquitous in modern homes because they are easy to clean, and won't take on moisture like carpet can. This is why tiled areas can often be called "wet areas". The biggest downside to tiles is their cold feel, but this can be countered with under floor heating or rugs. Furthermore, tiled areas can be separated by carpeted areas to reduce this effect.