Not all floors are created equal. There are a ton of deciding factors that come into play when you need to replace or install new flooring – whether it’s for your kitchen, bathroom or living room, there are a few key factors to think about before you take the plunge:
Type of Room
How often will the room be used? How much daily traffic can be expected? Will it be exposed to pets? How often will it need to be cleaned? Asking yourself these questions will help you pinpoint the best type of flooring for your room.
Size and Layout
Floor size and layout is an important factor to look at when choosing a type of flooring. Some room shapes call for flooring that is easily cut to exact specifications. Ignoring this component could make the installation process more difficult and more expensive.
Whether you’re planning to put down expensive oak flooring in the living room or a more affordable linoleum in the kitchen, knowing your budget is key. Have a number in mind when speaking to a flooring expert so that you don’t waste time looking at options that aren’t going to fit within your price range.
It’s true – flooring can be energy efficient. Speaking to experts, like our craftspersons, can help you choose flooring that will be eco-friendly by decreasing your environmental footprint and reducing the levels of toxicity in your home – an especially important factor when you’re living with children and pets.
Types Of Flooring
So what types of flooring can you choose from?
Here are the most popular flooring options that are in high demand:
With hardwood flooring, there is almost equal preference for solid hardwood flooring and engineered hardwood flooring.
Solid hardwood flooring is bought in strips or planks that still have to be sanded and stained. You can customize solid hardwood flooring with the preferred shade of stain.
Engineered hardwood flooring is made of layers of real wood fused and laminated together. Solid hardwood flooring and engineered hardwood flooring have to be properly sealed after installation. This provides protection against stains. Hardwood flooring maintenance consists only of mopping and vacuuming.
With natural stone tile flooring, the most common choices are granite, slate, marble and limestone.
For kitchens and high traffic areas, granite tile is best because it is the strongest and densest while being moisture resistant and antibacterial.
For bathrooms and pool sides, slate tile is best because it is strong and slip-resistant even while wet. Areas with high traffic should not have marble tiles because this is slippery.
Limestone tile, on the other hand, is soft and is more suitable as a decorative accent.
The options are no-wax vinyl, urethane vinyl and enhanced urethane vinyl. The newest variant, enhanced urethane vinyl flooring is resistant to moisture and harsh household chemicals. It can be used in bathrooms and requires little more than sweeping and mopping for maintenance. There are many designs and colors of vinyl flooring. It can even look like natural stone or hardwood flooring.
Laminate flooring comes in various designs and colors. It can also look like natural stone flooring or hardwood flooring, but while being much more affordable, it is even more durable since laminate is resistant to moisture, warping, staining, scratching and fading.
Carpeting can be used to completely replace your flooring or it can be layered over flooring, depending on the effect you want to achieve. Among the most popular options are broadloom carpets and wool berbers.
Rugs are often layered on top of flooring or carpeting. There are runner rugs, area rugs and round rugs. Stylish Oriental rugs, for example, are currently in high demand.
Depending on the effect you want to achieve and the sort of traffic and use a room demands, you can make an informed decision that will enhance your home and increase its appeal and comfort.
These tips aren’t completely inclusive of everything you should take into account when choosing new flooring, but they’re definitely a great starting place. Reach out to us at Handyman Matters for an expert opinion on your flooring options – we’re happy to discuss your needs and give you a quote right over the phone! Call us today at 1-866-FIX-MY-HOME or enter your zip code above to find a location near you.