4 Tips to Choose the Best Flooring
Choosing the best flooring can seem like a daunting decision. After all, your floor will say a lot about your personal design tastes and can change the atmosphere of the entire room! You, your family, and your friends will spend time walking on this floor, your pets will sleep on this floor, and your children will grow up with the floor your choose. Taking a few things into consideration before making the decision will help you to feel confident in the flooring you choose.
1) Consider Moisture
The moisture levels of a room have a huge effect on the options of flooring available to you. The kitchen and bathroom are both areas where there will be more frequent moisture than in other rooms in the home. Porcelain tile and vinyl work well with moisture and can be textured to prevent slipping. Hardwood is beautiful in the kitchen, especially if you are looking to add an element of warmth and coziness. However, you want to consider how many spills you have and how long sitting water may remain on the floor. For instance, a dog bowl that is often spilled may damage a wood floor. Ceramic/Porcelain tile is a much better choice for bathrooms, since it offers a smooth texture that pampers bare feet. Basements? Most clients in the Maryland area prefer engineered wood or LVT. Tile can be very cold and is often preferred in warmer climates.
2) Consider Durability
Do you have children or pets? Different types of flooring can sustain different amounts and types of wear and tear. Children tend to be messy, so going with flooring that is easy to clean is a safe choice. Laminate and vinyl are affordable, come in a variety of styles, and are easy to clean. Hardwood, while more pricey, also cleans easily. Porcelain tile also makes cleaning spilled juice a breeze, but if you drop a pickle jar, it is likely to crack. When it comes to pets, you want to make sure that your flooring is also scratch resistant. Laminate and vinyl are surprisingly durable against scratches from pet nails. Ceramic is also super strong against pet scratches. Hardwood, however, tends to scratch more easily. The good news is that you can have your hardwood floors sanded and refinished if the scratch marks from your furry companion become too visible.
3) Consider Maintenance
Fortunately, maintenance of most floors is WAY easier today than it has been in the past. Hardwood, LVT, vinyl, laminate, and tile all require basic sweeping, vacuuming, and gentle damp mopping. The days of waxing and polishing are long gone. Flooring, such as hardwood, requires immediate cleanup of spills. A good word of advice: put runner rugs and area rugs in high-traffic areas. This will reduce the wear and tear on your hardwood floors and prolong their lifespan! For specific maintenance instructions, click here.
4) Consider Aesthetics
Finally, and most importantly to some, is the look and style of your floor! New flooring brings a room to life and complements other elements in the room. Real hardwood flooring and porcelain tile are beautiful. However, you may be surprised how incredible LVT, vinyl, and laminate can look. Innovation within the flooring industry has helped create amazingly realistic-looking products that are durable and easy to maintain, so you can easily discover the best flooring for your home.
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