Flooring can make a space feel warm and homey. Or, it can make your space look outdated and cold. Choosing flooring that suits your style is crucial.
Staying within your budget is also key.
So, how can you ensure your new flooring looks great and doesn’t break the bank? You need to ask yourself some critical questions about the space you’ll be flooring.
Keep reading to find out what they are and which flooring is right for you.
1. How Much Wear and Tear Will It Get?
Some types of flooring are better suited to families with pets. Others last longer with less wear and tear.
Consider the room you’ll be putting the flooring in and your household members. Do you have young kids? A dog?
In these cases, vinyl flooring or laminate make excellent choices. Both can last for decades and come in every style and shade. Avoid hardwood floor as it’s easily scratched, scuffed, and requires ample maintenance.
2. How Much Moisture Will It Get?
The floor you put in your bathroom needs to be more moisture-resistant than your living room flooring. As does any flooring you put in the basement. The bathroom and basement are two high-moisture environments.
Moisture from the shower can cause some types of flooring to warp. Hardwood flooring, especially, can get damaged. Humidity causes it to expand, shrink, and crack.
The best floors for high-moisture environments are vinyl tiles, porcelain tiles, ceramic, and concrete.
3. Will You Install It Yourself?
If you plan on installing the flooring yourself, some types are easier than others. Doing this can save you a pretty penny by not paying laborers to do it for you.
The easiest types of flooring to install yourself are plank vinyl flooring and laminate flooring. It’s recommended you watch a few how-to videos online before taking the plunge.
And, of course, don’t hesitate to ask for help if you get stuck. It’s better to spend a little more to have it done correctly, right?
4. What’s Your Budget?
Your budget affects the type of flooring you choose. Covering your whole house in exotic hardwood won’t be cheap. Especially if you opt for trendy woods like mahogany and Brazilian cherry.
So, which flooring options are more affordable?
For under $5 per square foot, you can get wood-like flooring options as well as ceramic and porcelain tiles. But, tiling is very labor-intensive, so be prepared to either pay more for the labor or put more time in yourself.
Interested in Learning More About Choosing Flooring?
Flooring is not an element of your home you want to be cheap or lazy with. It affects the entire character and design of your space.
Doing research on your different flooring options will help you get the best bang for your buck. Ask yourself the questions above about choosing flooring to narrow down your options.
Then, check out the home section of the blog for more home design and décor tips!