Flooring advantages and disadvantages: which floor for which room?

When it comes to floor coverings you are spoiled for choice because the variety is enormous. At the same time, the decision for the right floor should not be underestimated. After all, it is the basis of your living concept and thus makes a decisive contribution to the comfort of the house. But at this point one thing first: There is no answer to the question of which flooring you should choose. Aesthetic aspects, practical factors, and individual preferences play a role here. In addition, a new decision has to be made depending on the space. Because what serves its purpose in the bathroom can be impractical for the living room. We want to help you decide on the right floor and have compared the advantages and disadvantages of the floor coverings.

Practical and versatile: parquet

In terms of design, parquet is the all-rounder among floors. Since it is made of real wood, the flooring convinces with a cozy and exclusive atmosphere. Parquet is particularly suitable for wood lovers. Because the spectrum ranges from beech to walnut to olive. Parquet is preferably laid in the living room, dining room, or bedroom. However, some signs of use become noticeable over time. Here, however, there is the option of completely sanding the parquet, which means that traces of wear can almost completely disappear. But be careful: When choosing the flooring, be sure to pay attention to the respective usage and abrasion classes, because there are also differences within the different types of flooring! Here again the advantages and disadvantages of parquet at a glance:

Advantages of parquet

  • Variety of designs
  • Longevity thanks to the possibility of sanding
  • Natural material
  • Good thermal insulation
  • Suitable for underfloor heating
  • Practical laying thanks to the click system

Disadvantages of parquet

  • Comparatively expensive
  • Footfall and sound noises can be transmitted
  • Sometimes high maintenance requirements (e.g. by sanding, impregnation, or freshening up)
  • Color change after installation, sometimes different depending on the amount of sunlight
  • Expansion behavior of the material
  • Sensitive to moisture

Laminate: The inexpensive alternative to parquet

Laminate is considered to be an inexpensive alternative to parquet. Because this flooring is not made from pure real wood but from chipboard or fibreboard. Nevertheless, laminate impresses with a naturally modeled structure and a wide range of design options. Laminate is not only available in a wood look, but also in many other designs, such as B. in slate or tile look. Thanks to the robust workmanship and the low price, laminate is one of the most popular floors on the market. It is particularly suitable for the bedroom, living room, or children’s room. Azilal Rug flooring is also popular in the hallway. The disadvantage compared to parquet is that laminate cannot be sanded down. This means that if there are signs of use or damage, the entire damaged board or the entire surface must be replaced.

Advantages of laminate

  • Inexpensive
  • Variety of designs
  • Suitable for underfloor heating
  • Easy installation thanks to the click system

Disadvantages of laminate 

  • Partly sensitive to moisture
  • No heat storage
  • Not sandable
  • Relatively high impact sound effect (additional insulation material important)
  • Expansion joints required
  • Transition rails required in the transition to other coverings

Tiles: flooring pros and cons

Tiles are also moving up the popularity scale. This is mainly due to the increasing styles. Because in addition to the classic smooth tiles, there is also the option of integrating rough tiles into the living room. Here, too, it is essential to pay attention to the different abrasion groups! Basically, the floor covering impresses with its hygienic properties, the low maintenance requirements and its longevity. In addition, tiles are perfect for damp rooms. For this reason, they are mainly used in the bathroom, in basement rooms, in the hallway or in the kitchen. However, damage to this floor covering is difficult to repair. Once they are damaged, the entire tile usually has to be replaced. Here again the floor coverings advantages and disadvantages at a glance:

Advantages of tiles

  • Easy care
  • Hygienic and suitable for allergy sufferers
  • Variety of designs
  • Robust
  • Ideal for damp rooms
  • Suitable for underfloor heating

Disadvantages of tiles

  • Expensive
  • Depending on the tile, flooring can appear cold and uncomfortable
  • Fragile and difficult to renew
  • Difficult laying (usually not possible without a specialist)

Design vinyl – new, improved properties

Design vinyl floors are also known as PVC and have made up for their bad reputation in recent years. Because unlike before, it now exists in many design variants, such as wood or stone optics. Thanks to legally prescribed tests, it is also ensured that the coverings and the adhesive do not contain any substances that are hazardous to health. But here too, depending on the product, you need to be thoroughly informed before buying! The floor covering is well suited for living rooms and also for the kitchen or bathroom. Here again the floor coverings advantages and disadvantages summarized:

Advantages of design vinyl:

  • Variety of designs
  • Soundproof and warm to the feet
  • Well suited for underfloor heating
  • Easy laying
  • Hygienic and therefore well suited for allergy sufferers
  • Certified products are harmless

Disadvantages of design vinyl:

  • Sensitive to pressure (prints from furniture, etc.)
  • Beware of harmful plasticizers (check information)
  • A very even surface is necessary when laying

By the way: Even if both are often used synonymously, not all design vinyl is the same as PVC! Do you want to be on the safe side? Then pay particular attention to certifications such as the  Blue Angel or the eco-INSTITUT label.

Carpet: flooring pros and cons

If you want to give rooms a particularly cozy and homely atmosphere, it is best to use carpeting. This type of floor is particularly popular in bedrooms or children’s rooms. But here, too, homeowners are spoiled for choice, because carpets are available in a wide variety of patterns, colors, and materials. Allergy sufferers should definitely pay attention to an allergy-friendly design. Otherwise, the carpet is considered a good sound and heat insulator. The main disadvantage is that the flooring is relatively sensitive to stains. That is why we recommend carpet tiles in which individual elements can easily be exchanged.

Advantages of carpet:

  • Heat and sound insulating
  • Cozy living atmosphere
  • Non-slip (particularly suitable in children’s rooms)
  • Comparatively inexpensive
  • Easy laying

Disadvantages of carpet:

  • Susceptible to stains
  • Difficult to clean (dust mites and germs feel good in carpets)
  • Relatively short-lived
  • Conditionally recommended for allergy sufferers

Cork: natural material that is warm to the feet

Cork is a natural material that is extracted from the bark of trees. The floor covering not only creates a cozy living atmosphere but also creates a warm floor temperature. For this reason, cork is particularly popular with barefoot runners. In addition, the floor is particularly suitable for allergy sufferers and, thanks to its moisture-regulating properties, it also promotes a healthy indoor climate. Due to its soft surface, however, cork is very sensitive to marks. In general, sealing the floor is recommended. By the way, cork is particularly suitable for the living room, bedroom, or children’s room.

Advantages of cork:

  • Natural material
  • Very good sound and heat insulation
  • Comfortable running feeling (easy on the joints)
  • Suitable for allergy sufferers
  • Easy care
  • Suitable for underfloor heating, if the version is glued

Disadvantages of cork:

  • Pressure-sensitive due to the soft surface
  • Can fade over time
  • Sealing recommended
  • Expansion joint required (due to natural expansion)

Do you still have questions about the floor coverings’ advantages and disadvantages or do you want to get an in-person impression of the different floors? Then visit us in the Flooring Shops In Dubai! We would be happy to Listen From You.