Your floor is not just something that you walk on. Even though you might not spend much time looking at it directly, flooring provides a large part of a home’s aesthetic appeal and ambiance. In fact, a lovely floor can more than compensate for a home’s otherwise lackluster or plain appearance! So, if you’re considering a home renovation, flooring deserves careful consideration.
We’ve found that for most people, four important factors will influence their final flooring choice…
Location of flooring. Where are you installing new flooring? Some rooms, like the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry area, should be water resistant. Flooring in the entry way should be durable to outdoor elements, but you might also prefer a “wow” factor. Bedroom flooring should be comfortable to bare feet, and flooring in kids’ rooms, play rooms, and dining areas should be stain resistant. Flooring should not only be attractive, but match up with the use of the room.
Your lifestyle. Homes with heavy foot traffic will require resilient flooring, whereas those with kids or pets will probably want something easy to clean. These are just a few of the lifestyle factors you should consider. Of course, you can also place rugs over wood or tile flooring to soften certain areas and reduce scratch damage… But you will need to incorporate those into your final cost estimate, if you plan to use them.
Sustainability. For some people, it is important to choose environmentally-friendly components in their homes. Many such options exist within the flooring industry, including bamboo wood floors, cork flooring, and even tiles made from recycled glass. Each of these options has various pros and cons, just like any other type of flooring.
Cost. Obviously, cost is a factor for most people. Flooring is priced by the square foot, so correct measurements are necessary before you make your final selection. For more on measurements and cost estimates, give us a call. We can help you obtain an accurate quote for the different types of flooring that you’re considering, and help you weigh other factors involved in the decision, so that you feel happy with your final selection.