Most of us are looking for ways to save money where we can and would jump at the chance to save those pennies. Finding ways to reduce our bills is a good place to start, they’re not the most interesting thing we want to spend our money on but we’ve all got them! What if we told you that there are ways you can save on bills through your flooring choice? So, if you’re looking to re floor your home, it’s worth researching which floors are the best at insulating and which aren’t. Most of us assume carpet is the best at insulting, which it can be, but it’s not always the case. Materials such as real wood can be just as good if not better! So let’s discuss some of the options…
Although carpets are generally thick and warm, they’re much more of a short term solution. When it comes to durability, carpet is nothing compared to laminate, wood and luxury vinyl tiles as it’ll likely show wear and look trodden in after a few years. Wood flooring on the other hand not only has a long life span (even outliving the person who laid it) bit it is also able to circulate heat, therefore reducing your heating bills – we promise that you’ll notice a difference!
However it’s not as simple as all this. One of the best things about wood flooring is that it comes in so many variations, which means more choice but different properties, advantages and disadvantages. If you’re still wanting that luxurious wood look but want something even better for your heating bills, then engineered wood is your best bet. The nature of the plank construction and materials used means it’s better at absorbing heat. Not only is this more cost effective, but engineered wood is compatible with under-floor heating whereas solid isn’t. Under-floor heating is not only a much more efficient way of heating your home, but will also add to the home’s overall selling value – which means it can often end up paying for itself!
Laminate and LVT other good options. Although they don’t absorb heat, they are better than carpet in lots of ways but especially durability and maintenance. While these options may be bigger upfront costs, their features so make them better long term investments!