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Flooring guide: carpet, laminate or vinyl?

20th July 2020
Flooring guide: carpet, laminate or vinyl?

So, you’re thinking about refreshing your home’s flooring? How exciting! To help you make the perfect choice for your needs, our flooring experts have put together this guide on the different options available and how each works for different rooms and situations.

For example, kitchens and bathrooms are likely to need a flooring that is water-resistant whereas living areas in busy family homes will benefit from easy to clean floors. And what about your grown-up bedroom? You might enjoy something a little more luxurious. Read on to discover more about the different types of flooring available and where in the home they work best.


Carpets in the home is a classic choice for a reason. They look great, provide a wonderfully soft surface and come in an almost endless choice of style, piles, colours, finishes and price points – meaning they work well in any room of the home. The thick fibres can also act as insulation, helping you to use less energy and reduce your bills – perfect for eco-warriors. Hard-wearing and durable, carpets are also a great choice for busy areas of family homes such as hallways and stairs, while being luxurious enough for creating a cosy, welcoming bedroom.

Laminate flooring

Affordable and easy to maintain, laminate is a fantastic alternative to real wood floors. Available in a huge array of styles, finishes and designs that can easily rival the attractiveness of real wood, laminate is an ideal option for almost any room in the home. It’s another popular choice for busy households as it’s highly durable and easy to clean, and, if a part of the laminate floor becomes damaged, you can simply replace the plank and not the entire floor.

Luxury vinyl flooring

Gone are the days of cheap, imitation vinyl floors. Nowadays, vinyl is truly a luxurious choice and is available in a variety of styles that replicate wood, ceramic and stone so authentically that even you may struggle to tell them apart. Vinyl is also a practical choice as it boasts an easy to clean, water-resistant surface that is ideal for areas that are likely to get wet, such as bathrooms and kitchens. Giving you the best of style and practicality, vinyl is a fabulous choice for any room in any home thanks to its high-end finish and functionality. 

Carpet Barn is the South’s leading supplier of carpet, vinyl and laminate flooring, offering a wide range of choice at fantastic prices. Pop down to your local Carpet Barn store today to discover more.

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