What to consider when choosing flooring for your home
The right floors are functional, stylish, and bring a space together. Choosing the right flooring, however, is often more complicated than just picking the best-looking product. Durability, use, moisture, cost, and more should all be taken into consideration when selecting new flooring. From tile and wood, to carpet and concrete, considering these six topics when choosing the ideal flooring for your home!
Bathrooms, laundry rooms, basements, and mudrooms are considered high moisture areas of your home. In these spaces, think about flooring that is designed to withstand repeated exposure to moisture such as concrete or ceramic tile.
Consider the daily activities of your family; if you have pets or small children, you need flooring that can withstand excessive wear and tear. Look for flooring specifically designed for high traffic areas such as porcelain or ceramic tile, laminate, plank vinyl flooring, or even carpeting. If you choose carpeting, ask what protections against stains and spills it has.
Cleaning and maintenance should be considered when selecting new flooring. Whether it is in tiles, sheets, or planks, vinyl is the most low maintenance flooring. Laminate is also low maintenance, but special cleaners may be needed as wet mops can cause warping or buckling over time. Solid hardwoods often require the most work; in addition to wood-specific cleaning products, consider using runners and rugs in high traffic areas.
Choosing sustainable building materials is becoming a priority for many homeowners. To help your home be more eco-friendly, look for products that are sustainably harvested and manufactured; cork and bamboo are just two of the most popular green flooring products that are becoming widely.
Flooring is sold by the square foot; determining your budget per square foot can narrow down the choices when shopping for flooring. Flooring that is $2.00 or less generally includes laminate woods and porcelain and ceramic tile, while the $2.00-$5.00 price range includes domestic hardwoods and high end laminate and tile; for $5.00 or more per square foot, expect exotic hardwoods such as Brazilian cherry or mahogany as well as luxury engineered woods and premium laminate and vinyl.
Do you want to install your new floors? While installing flooring yourself can help cut the cost by half, it is extremely labor intensive – and if done incorrectly can leave you with sloped floors. Handy homeowners are often able to install floating plank laminate or wood floors by themselves; wall-to-wall carpet can be difficult to get flat, while ceramic tile often requires a pro to remain level.