Home Remodeling | What to Consider When Choosing Flooring
Home Remodeling | With so many different brands and materials on the market today, choosing the right flooring for your home is no small task. There are a variety of factors to consider when making your decision in order to ensure your floor accommodates your lifestyle, tastes, and budget.
Location. The type of room or area is very important when selecting flooring, since some areas receive more spills, splashes, or foot traffic than others. For instance, tile is easy to clean, making it ideal for bathrooms, kitchens, and dining areas. Alternatively, laminate should not be exposed to excessive water, though its durability makes it a good choice for high-traffic areas such as a foyer. Carpeting traps dirt easily, so it works best in low-traffic rooms such as bedrooms.
Moisture. Basements, kitchens, and bathrooms typically see more water damage and humid conditions, so it’s important to choose flooring that is resistant to moisture for these areas. Examples of moisture-resistant flooring varieties include vinyl and tile.
Youngsters. If you have young children, it’s a good idea to choose a floor that is resistant to spills, stains, and mud, such as tile. Avoid carpets and wood flooring, which can be easily damaged by liquids, food, and muddy shoes.
Pets. Dogs can cause damage to wood flooring they walk on as they scratch it with their claws. Additionally, dogs, cats, and other pets can ruin carpets with muddy paws and accidents. If you have a pet, consider choosing pet-friendly flooring, such as bamboo, cork, tile, and laminate.
UV exposure. If the area receives a lot of sunlight, you should choose a variety that is resistant to fading or darkening from UV light, such as laminate or porcelain tiles.
Appearance. You’ll want to choose flooring that complements the existing style and décor of the rest of your house. Tile flooring comes in a range of colors, textures, and styles, making it an attractive choice for virtually any room and design scheme. Hardwood floors have a classic, sophisticated look, while carpeting can give a room a warm and soft feel.
Upkeep. Certain types of flooring are easier to maintain, clean, and care for than others. For instance, hardwood and laminate flooring look their best with regular sweeping and mopping. Similarly, tile is fairly simple to clean, though it can crack and require difficult repairs. Carpeting is susceptible to staining and may need routine steam-cleaning to stay fresh.
Allergies. This is a big one—if you or one of your family member’s has allergies, it’s a good idea to stay away from carpeting entirely, since allergens can easily become trapped in the fibers.
Cost. Whether you choose tile, hardwood, laminate, vinyl, cork, or carpet, there is typically a wide range of prices depending on quality, brand, and style. Exotic wood flooring tends to be more expensive to purchase, install, and maintain. – Cole Builders
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