Flooring for Hallways and Entrances: Choosing the Right Flooring for your Home
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The Best Entrance Matting, Non-Slip and Hygienic Flooring for your Home or Holiday Let.
We ask a lot of our hallways! We want a stylish and welcoming space with flooring which is easy to maintain, can handle heavy foot traffic, is long-lasting, and won't break the bank!
Whatever you call it, the hallway, entryway, porch, hall or if you’re fancy...foyer! It is likely that this is the first room visitors see and the first area you step into when you return home, so it’s important to make this space as welcoming as possible. On top of that, this is the room where we shake off the outside world - so it needs to be functional too!
There are so many options available when it comes to the hallway of your home or holiday let, you can make a bold statement with tile, create the appearance of a wider room with clever angled planks, combine specialist matting with attractive flooring...the options can seem overwhelming!
Here at Hamilton Flooring, we have been helping clients create practical, welcoming and stylish hallways and entrances across the West Midlands and North Cotswolds. We specialise in Commercial and Domestic flooring and work with only the best suppliers of high quality flooring to ensure that you get the perfect finish every time. Our professional consultants and floorlayers have experience working in small, unusual shaped spaces to large and grandiose entrances.
Choosing Hamilton Floorings for your hallway is choosing a trusted business who will support you from initial consultation sessions through to floor preparation, installation and aftercare advice. We have built strong relationships with our suppliers over the years and are able to advise on a wide variety of flooring types from across these world leading manufacturers ensuring that we source the perfect flooring for your needs, on time and within budget.
If you are looking to spruce up your hallway, have a new build property with no existing flooring or if you manage holiday homes, Hamilton Flooring has the flooring solution for you!
What Flooring is Best for a Hallway?
Regardless of whether you are looking for flooring for your home, business or holiday property, entrances and hallways experience some of the highest footfall of any other room. Because of this your hallway flooring needs to be able to withstand the comings and goings of the homes residents and guests on a daily basis. It is also where first impressions of your home are made, whether to paying guests, friends or your family members. Your hallway or entrance space should reflect your own personal style whilst performing essential functions to your home. There are some key things to consider when looking at hallway and entrance flooring which we will now explore.
High Traffic Flooring for Domestic Hallways
Regardless of whether you are a ‘shoes on’ or ‘shoes off’ home, your hallway will take the brunt of outdoor footwear contact. As the primary point of entry to your home, your hallway experiences tough conditions which can leave your hallway scratched and damaged if an unsuitable flooring is present. Hardwearing and low maintenance flooring combined with a hardy matting is essential to the upkeep of your hallway.
It's not just footfall which can be problematic for your hallway and entrances! As the main entry and exit to your home, the hallway also experiences dragged suitcases, daily bags dropped and dragged across the floors, shopping, umbrellas, pushchairs, bikes and pets! Choosing a hardwearing and easily maintained flooring for your hallway will ensure that your entryway looks better for longer as well as reducing the need for time consuming and intensive maintenance and cleaning regimes.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring is a product that can look like genuine stone or wood flooring in a range of styles, effects and designs. Most commonly found in the form of Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) or Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP), this flooring type is indistinguishable from the real thing!
With a multi-layer construction of; a solid vinyl backing, a rigid core, the print film layer and a clear protective layer finished with a Polyurethane coating, it will withstand the toughest of environments making it ideal for hallways and entrances.
Vinyl is warmer underfoot than real wood or stone but if you’re looking for more warmth, LVF is suitable for use with underfloor heating systems. With its realistic effects, highly customisable features and practical benefits, it is no surprise that Luxury Vinyl Flooring is so popular!
Due to the protective wear-layer of Luxury Vinyl Flooring, your stylish and hardwearing floor requires minimal maintenance in the form of mopping and sweeping as-and-when needed, to maintain that as-new look. Additionally, depending on the thickness of the wear-layer and any additional coating options, it could be up to 10 years before it need be reapplied. It couldn’t be easier!
Combined with the beauty of hard surface flooring, Luxury Vinyl Flooring has the additional benefit of being waterproof. This hardy flooring is unaffected by the daily spills and leaks that life throws our way. In instances of higher volumes of water, once standing water is removed, your Luxury Vinyl Planks or tiles can be left to dry out themselves!
Protecting your Home’s Flooring: leaving the outdoors outdoors!
Rain, Snow, Hail, Wind...the British weather can throw all of this into the mix all in one day! With unpredictable weather conditions alongside, leaves, mud and the general dirt and grime which comes from outdoors, your footwear is bound to bring some of this into the home.
Many people have outdoor mats but they aren't always sufficient to prevent this from being walked into the house. The hallway is a key line of defense when it comes to preventing the spread of outdoor dirt through your home. Entrance matting inside your hallway is a great way to wipe the world off your feet, especially in poor weather conditions where outdoor mats may add to the problem and prove ineffective as the whole family scrambles to get in out of the rain!
We have all experienced a wandering mat which refuses to stay put, or gets caught under the door when you open it. A fixed entrance mat avoids these pitfalls, is long lasting and highly effective! No longer do we need to dread rainy days and the mess they can cause in your home!
You may choose the hardwearing entrance barrier carpet DESSO Protect which is a wool and nylon cut pile carpet tile with a scraper fibre distributed through the tile for added effectiveness. Or perhaps the dramatic sounding Burmatex 7700 Grimebuster, a fibre bonded carpet sheet presenting deep diagonal ribs designed to offer extremely durable protection against high foot traffic, dirt and wear. There are many entrance carpet and matting options available, Contact us to find out more.
Stylish and Designed for living: Hallway and Entrance Flooring
The sky’s the limit when it comes to design options for your hallway flooring. A dark toned floor can be a statement as well as reducing the visibility of any tracked-in dirt or debris. The same can be said for a patterned flooring. Whether subtle or bold, patterned flooring can create a really interesting aesthetic as well as disguising any wayward dirt in between cleans.
Lighter toned flooring can make a narrow hallway feel more spacious and airy and is in keeping with several of the recent interior design trends (think Scandi and minimalist styling). Flooring can change the way a room feels, this is of course true for you hallway too! Flooring planks laid at a diagonal angle can make the hallway appear larger and certain tile laying patterns can add depth and dimension to the space.
It is also important to consider your cleaning preference and lifestyle when deciding on the design of your hallway flooring. Specialist carpet and carpet tiles can be used in hallways but they cannot be mopped and dried easily so careful consideration should be taken. That being said, specialist carpet which is durable and resistant to many common contaminants may be an option for you.
Vinyl Flooring and Luxury Vinyl Tile/planks are a great option for hallways due to their hardy construction, ease of care, budget friendly and design variety. LVT in particular has a huge variety of incredibly realistic stone, tile and wood designs which have all the benefits of man-made flooring characteristics with all the style and appearance of the real thing!
Domestic Hallway and Entrance Flooring at Hamilton Flooring
Choosing flooring for your home’s entrance or hallway needn’t be complicated, our trusted flooring consultants can help assess your needs and advise on excellent options for your home. With a huge array of options available, your wonderfully stylish yet functional hallway flooring is just a phone call away! Contact us today to find out how we can help you. If you are looking for Commercial Entrance Flooring, take a look at our recent article to find out about commercial services including bespoke design and branding.