Flooring is a very unique aspect of the home. Not only does it impact the look of a room, but it also serves a very functional purpose. Another unique quality that sets flooring apart from other features of the home is that it’s tactile. Our feet come in contact with the floor every day so the feel of it is fairly important.
Taking all this into consideration, it’s no surprise that many people find it difficult to decide which flooring is best when they’re building a new home. The suggestions below can help you narrow the selection.
TOP 3 FACTORS FOR FINDING THE RIGHT FLOORING
Some types of flooring require more maintenance than others. One of the clearest examples is tile versus wood floors. Both are hard-surface flooring, but wood will need to be refinished and resealed from time to time whereas tile won’t.
All flooring needs to be cleaned regularly, but how you go about it depends on the material. It’s another maintenance factor you’ll want to think about. Carpet needs to be vacuumed often, which isn’t difficult. However, cleaning up spills is much easier when you have hard surface flooring.
Because we walk across the floors every day, longevity should be factored into the decision. This is particularly important in high-traffic areas like the living room, kitchen, and hallways where floors suffer more wear and tear.
Flooring longevity is a matter of long-term value. Carpet is typically the least expensive in terms of initial cost, but it has to be replaced sooner than other options. The typical lifespan is:
8-10 years for carpet
15-25 years for laminate
25 years for linoleum
50 years for vinyl
50+ years for engineered wood
75-100 years for tile
100+ years for stone
100+ years for real hardwood
With such a huge variation in lifespan, it’s easy to see why some types of flooring add value to a home while others don’t.
It’s not an exaggeration to say there are endless flooring options. Even if you narrow it down to a type of flooring, there’s a range of finishes and colors to choose from. Personal preference comes into play, but it’s also important that the flooring fits the rest of the room since it isn’t easy to change.
The flooring should flow with the interior decor, style, and architecture of your new home. For example, in a room that’s large, bright, and open dark wood floors help to ground the space and add warmth. In a smaller room light flooring can make the room feel more spacious. It’s best to know what you’re working with before making a final decision on the floors.
TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE BEST FLOORING
Use these additional tips to narrow down your flooring options.
- Take flooring room by room so it’s less overwhelming.
- Decide if you want to use the same flooring in similar rooms, for example, the same type of carpet in all of the bedrooms.
- Think about what the room is used for primarily and who uses it.
- If you tend to switch up your interior decor, consider neutral colors for your flooring.
- Consider how long you plan to live in the home.
- Keep your lifestyle in mind. An active family can also increase wear and tear on floors.
- Keep resale value in mind if you don’t plan to be in the home for an extended period.
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