Choosing the Right Flooring For Your HomeFlooring is a key design element of any home and can really make a difference in the overall look and feel. For many homeowners, figuring out which floor is right for them requires a bit of thought. Choosing a floor that you will love to live with is not just a matter of looks. The flooring should suite your lifestyle. Before you choose a floor, it’s important to ask yourself a few questions:
- How much wear and tear do you expect the floors will have to withstand?
- Do you have children or pets? Is slipping a big concern for your household?
- Will water be nearby and how much maintenance are you willing to do?
- What materials are most pleasing to you—Finish? Color? Texture?
Most houses on the market today have wood, laminate, vinyl, ceramic or linoleum floors. But instead of just choosing one of these options, you should first consider what flooring works best in certain areas.
For example, bathrooms must have floors that are able to withstand pooling water and fluctuations in humidity. Ceramic tile and vinyl are usually the best options for those types of environments since they are practically impervious to water. Laminate and linoleum are good options, but you will have to take special waterproofing measures around perimeters and seams. Hardwood wouldn’t be a good option because it can buckle, gap or warp when subjected to standing water or moisture.
It’s important to take these same considerations when deciding which type of floors should go in the other rooms in your house as well to avoid any future complications. Once you have taken into consideration the design, location and lifestyle, it’s time to decide which fits with your budget. It’s important to analyze all of the options. Where one might be more expensive, it could last longer than the others making it cost less in the long run. Don’t forget total installation cost and maintenance.
While it may seem daunting now, your home will be a completed masterpiece once it is all said and done. Need inspiration? Feel free to look at some of our previous projects or contact us to talk with one of our specialists.