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With the cost of living on the rise, you might be tempted to scrimp and save on your new flooring, but here’s why that’s not a good idea…

As flooring experts, we’re always more than happy to answer questions about which flooring is best for them. There are many factors to consider when choosing the best option. 

In addition, there are different reasons for not compromising on the quality of your flooring. With the cost of living on the rise, people are working with tighter budgets and, if in need of new flooring, may think that the cheapest option will be okay. But this isn’t the case and here are a few reasons why:


We’ll start with one of the most obvious ones – durability. Just like most things, investing in a better quality product will generally mean that it will last longer. Which is exactly the case for flooring.  A high quality carpet will be more densely packed with stronger or softer fibres depending on the flooring need.

Budget vs Higher End Carpet

We stock a huge range of carpets at both our Worthing and Storrington showrooms and each has a different price tag. While it can be tempting to choose the cheaper option, a more expensive carpet has a few better features: 

  1. More dense pile – as previously mentioned, a higher quality carpet will have a more dense pile, rather than a more open pile. Which results in a heavier and ultimately more durable carpet. Making it last longer.
  2. Material – top of the range carpet will often be made from 100% wool or a mix of wool and nylon. Again, making it extremely hard wearing and able to cope with heavy domestic use better than other materials like polyester.
  3. More choices – generally, budget carpet will be very plain and not offer the range of patterns and colours that the higher quality ranges do. This can mean compromising on finding something that matches your space well.

Better Materials

As we’ve touched on when talking about carpets, not compromising on price will mean that the materials your flooring is made of will be better quality. Making your flooring last longer and also look more luxurious. In fact, some materials – like wood – can actually look better over time. With any scuffs adding to their look.

 One of the highest quality carpet materials is also the original  – wool. Not only is it really durable, it’s resistant to dust mite and allergens. Making it a fantastic choice for people who suffer from allergies. So there are more benefits to higher quality materials than just that they look and feel better.

More comfort

It almost goes without saying, but the better quality your flooring is, the nicer it will feel underfoot. Even hard flooring, like Luxury Vinyl Tiles, can feel soft and warm underfoot when using the right underlay. 

Furthermore, did you know that  choosing flooring that feels pleasant to walk on can actually help with foot and back problems as it promotes feelings of relaxation and comfort  as well as good weight distribution.


We’ve spoken about the benefit of good underlay before, but it is certainly something that people overlook and may be inclined to opt for a cheaper alternative.  It’s something that can’t be seen under the chosen flooring, but good underlay can make your flooring feel even better. In fact, with the addition of good underlay and even underfloor heating, your hard floor can feel delightful after a long day on your feet.

Another thing that having a good underlay can help with is making the flooring last longer. Mainly due to it taking the impact of footprints out of the flooring, decreasing the wear and tear. It’s thought that investing in good underlay can increase the lifespan of your flooring by 30-50%!

In most cases, we would actually advise that if you do want to opt for a lower budget flooring, it’s best to invest in a good underlay. To make the flooring go further – both in its lifespan and in the way it feels underfoot.
If you are thinking about getting new flooring, our friendly team of flooring experts are more than happy to help. Whatever your budget, or whatever you’re looking for, we’re sure that we can help. With showrooms in Worthing and Storrington, we have hundreds of ranges of carpetslaminatesLVT and wood and many that are exclusive to us too! So please come and visit us or give us a call on 01903 503638.