The hallway is one of the busiest areas of the house and with so much foot traffic passing through every day it requires a strong and durable material that will stand the test of time. It also represents the first impression not only friends and family will have of your home, but one that will welcome you when you arrive back home every day.
There are a number of factors to take into consideration, such as how it fits in with the surrounding décor, maintenance and cost. For anyone planning on installing a new system we go through the best flooring choices for your hallway below.
Every hallway is usually subjected to a lot of moisture and for homes with pets, or in more rural settings, vinyl flooring is good way of protecting the entrance to the home due to its water resistance properties. Cost wise it is one of the most affordable and offers plenty of styles and designs.
Vinyl doesn’t absorb water, so any spillages are easy to wipe or mop away and if any water or mud stains appear over time, these are easily cleaned up. The only thing to be wary of is marks and scratches are more noticeable as are repairs, so it makes more sense to replace the whole floor sheet rather than small sections.
For a really stylish, classy touch, laminate flooring is one of the best ways to create an immediate impression upon entering the home. Replicating the look of real wood creates a natural ambience in the area that can also set the tone for other rooms in the house.
Laminate flooring is a far cheaper alternative to real wood and is very easy to maintain. You should avoid letting too much moisture into the area as it can start to lilt the edges of the material over time, while overexposure to sunlight can cause discolouration and/or fading.
Wherever solid wood is installed in the home it turns the space into something quite special and unique. High levels of foot traffic will eventually wear down the finish that protects the material but also remember it can be re-applied as many times as you need.
Solid wood is more likely to pick up scratches, marks and dents over time but in many cases it adds to its natural charm. Of course, you will have to pay premium prices for a solid wood floor but paying for quality should also guarantee longevity in your home.
Aesthetically there are a lot of similarities with real wood, providing that organic and natural style to the entrance of the home. Allergy sufferers may also prefer this material as it is hypoallergenic and eco-friendly, which also works to the benefits of house pets.
Cork flooring is non-porous and can easily handle high levels of moisture as well as being a quiet floor surface that absorbs sound better than many alternatives. It is a very easy material to clean which makes it a preferred choice for family homes with young children and messy teenagers.