The ideal choice of flooring depends on your needs and what you use the area for. However, although this is predominantly a personal choice, there are some guidelines that you can follow to help make your decision easier.
Do your research
Like most things home-related, purchasing floor coverings should be backed by proper research. Hugh Krog, manager for commercial flooring at Traviata Flooring Systems, says that “technology is fast moving in the flooring industry”, and since there are new options all the time, it is imperative to conduct proper research before making a final decision. He also suggests you “consider whether your have pets, children and so forth and make sure your floor suits your lifestyle”.
Fit for purpose
In essence “fit for purpose” means that you should choose a floor covering that is suitable for where it will be used. “If you are tiling outside or in an area where there is water, you should consider a slip-resistant finish. Exposed outdoor areas should be tiled with porcelain or hard body tiles as these are more durable,” recommends Liza Watermeyer, visual display manager at Tile Africa. She says it’s important to remember that wall tiles are not designed for use on the floor, so always be sure to check that the tile is suitable for use in the area you are tiling before you buy.
Work only with professionals
There is no point in purchasing the best floor coverings if you don’t use professionals to have them installed. “Ensure that you have a good installer with the correct knowledge as this could turn out to be a costly project if the installation is not correct,” cautions Nicole Russell, marketing manager at Italtile. She adds that you should ask as many questions as possible to ensure that you are supplied with the correct options for the correct areas.
Top tips from the industry experts
“To create the best effect, it is important to consider the architectural style of your home. Using a simple, neutral-coloured wood or cement-look tile in a more traditionally styled home would create a more harmonious look than a glossy modern tile, for example, and vice versa.” – Liza Watermeyer, Tile Africa
“Ask for the product guarantees/warranties once the job is complete. These are usually backed by manufacturers who are large international players.” – Hugh Krog, Traviata Flooring Systems
“In main entrance areas, ensure that you have a dirt trap (mat) that guests can wipe their shoes on prior to walking into your home. This alleviates stone scratching or excess dirt on your tiles.” – Nicole Russel, Italtile
Featured images: Traviata Flooring Systems