If you’re planning a complete home makeover or simply want to give one or two rooms a new lease on life, the flooring you choose can have massive implications on the final finish as well as the practical use of the space.
Following these tips can help weigh up all the options and determine the best choice for you.
Why is it Important to Choose the Right Flooring?
Flooring is Expensive. Even the most economical flooring is an investment. Buyer’s remorse is not something you want to have after making such a large purchase.
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Flooring Influences Design. Choices made today regarding color, texture, material, etc. will be in your home for many years, which will ultimately influence the design of the rest of your home. Making a bold color or texture choice now may conflict with design elements you wish to implement in the future should you wish to change up the design of the room.
Flooring Offers Practical Function. Did you know that carpeting aids in heat insulation as well as noise reduction? This kind of functional information is very important to have when comparing flooring options. Sometimes the purpose of one style of flooring is worth the price, while others may cost less and serve you better than another option you were initially considering.
Flooring Can Affect Re-sale Value. More economical flooring options may be cheap now, but may negatively affect your selling price when it comes time to sell your home down the line. On the other hand, hardwood floors increase the selling price of your home. An added investment cost now could yield dividends in the future.
Here are two important things to keep in mind:
Function: How — and where — the flooring will be used needs to be your first point of consideration. For example, some materials may be well-suited for high-trafficked areas while others would not be able to stand up to the same level of wear and tear. On the other hand, some are optimal for providing comfort while others may seem lacking in comparison.
Maintenance: Since most rooms in your home could be served equally well by more than one flooring material, you should also consider how much maintenance you’re willing to perform. Be honest with yourself. Over time, proper maintenance is what ensures you get the most out of your investment.
Here's an overview of the most common flooring types.
Carpeting is an economical option that is fast and easy to install. It also provides sound dampening and heat insulation for the rooms it is placed in. Carpeting can help hide dirt so it can be cleaned less often than other floors. However, carpeting is easy to stain, so avoid situations that will cause spills. Certain carpet fibers can become crushed and matted over time; carpeting traditionally will only last 10-15 years in a home, which is far shorter than other options.
Hardwood flooring provides long-lasting quality and a timeless look, though many homeowners may be surprised to find out how versatile a hardwood floor can be for interior design. Different species or colors of wood can give a room an entirely different look. While oftentimes the most expensive, hardwood is regarded as a valuable option, as it is durable, classic in appearance and increases the property value of your home.
Made of synthetic polymers and added pigmentation for color, vinyl is easy to clean and highly water-resistant. It’s a natural pick for utilitarian spaces such as kitchens, laundry rooms and mud rooms.
Luxury vinyl (sometimes referred to as luxury tile) flooring is similar to laminate flooring but is composed of thicker, more solid pieces. Luxury vinyl flooring often has higher detail in its photographic layer, giving a more realistic appearance. Some luxury vinyl tiles utilize 3D printing or mixing with natural stone to provide added realism. Luxury vinyl provides a large variety of design compositions and offers superior durability and a competitive price point.
Tile flooring is a broad range of flooring materials, which consist of the shape and application of the flooring piece. Tiles come in many materials, including ceramic tile, glass, porcelain and natural stone. Tile flooring comes in a variety of colors and shapes, which can create interesting and unique patterns for any room in your home. Tile is ideal for bathrooms, kitchens and other rooms in your home that have a lot of moisture. A beautiful and long-lasting option, tile flooring is relatively easy to maintain and can be repaired easily by replacing individual broken tiles instead of the entire floor.
Every flooring option comes with pros and cons that work for some homeowners and are intolerable to others. The key to finding the best flooring for a new home is finding the option that suits your lifestyle. Choosing a flooring option that you enjoy is one of the most important aspects of selecting new flooring. It is a choice you will literally have to live with, and see in your home every day. If you don’t love it, don’t buy it.