Tips on how to choose the right flooring for your home
Choosing the right flooring for your home can be difficult. Factors such as cost, durability, and continuing maintenance can all influence the decision. The following four questions can help you choose the right flooring for every room in your home.
- Will the flooring be in a high-moisture area such as a bathroom?
Yes: Bathrooms and other rooms at risk of exposure to moisture need flooring specifically suited for that environment. Consider poured concrete, porcelain or ceramic tile, or vinyl tile. While we all want our basements to be low-moisture areas, choosing these types of floorings can make cleanup easier if a flood or leak does occur.
- Do you have children, pets, or other needs for durable flooring?
Yes: We all want our floors to last, but families with children and pets need flooring with superior durability. Hardwood floors, for example, can be sanded and re-stained – but are also extremely scratch prone. Instead, opt for durable flooring choices such as ceramic or porcelain tile, plank vinyl flooring, high end laminate, or even stain-resistant carpeting.
- What is your square footage budget?
- $2 or less: Laminates are the primary flooring choice in this price range. There are plenty of choices beyond outdated linoleum; look for wood-look vinyl as a beautiful and budget friendly choice. Lots of ceramic and porcelain tile can also be found in this price range. However, be prepared to pay extra for labor-intensive installation.
- $2 to $5: This price point is the sweet spot for many floorings. High quality carpet and luxury tile fall into this price range, as well as some domestic hardwoods.
- $5 or more: Expect the highest quality flooring products in this price range. Likewise, explore exotic natural or engineered hardwoods such as Brazilian cherry or mahogany.
- How much maintenance do you want to do?
- Very little: Resilient flooring such as sheet vinyl, tile, or vinyl plank are easy to care for. Laminate wood flooring is also easy to maintain but can be ruined by a wet mop; instead, use products like a Swiffer Wet Jet when cleaning to avoid damaging the floors.
- Some maintenance is fine: Solid hardwoods trade maintenance and beauty. Keeping high traffic areas protected by rugs or runners can help protect the floor and reduce scratches and scrapes.