10 Feb What Type of Flooring is Right for Your Home and Project?
Choosing the right kind of flooring for any project really comes down to two things, style and durability. While there are numerous types of flooring that homeowners and designers use to spruce up a space, not all materials are created equal in terms of quality and longevity. So, when conceptualizing what you want that final look to be, always do your homework on the type of flooring that is right for the space that it will be laid in.
For example, even though we love laminate, you may not want to lay it down in a mudroom or bathroom where the probability of liquid on the floor is high. This could eventually ruin the fiberboard core beneath the surface layer of the laminate, which could mean replacement of the flooring further down the road. Additionally, having tile in a bedroom may not give you the coziest of environments.
Below are a few common types of flooring consumers select for their homes and details for choosing and using them purposefully.
From luxurious and elegant to casual and comfy, carpet can give a space an entirely different feel, just by changing the style of carpet. However, it is one of those flooring options that you either love or hate. Some people will use it in almost the entire house while others would opt to not see it any room at all. In choosing this flooring option and where to put it, you might want to consider your living and personal situations. Do you own any pets? Are you very susceptible to allergens? Do you have kids? Do those living in the home do work that would often drag in dirt and grime?
While carpet can be comfortable and stylish, it can come with some downfalls in terms of cleanliness and longevity if not cared for appropriately. Typically, we see carpet used in bedrooms and even living areas, where there may be less foot traffic so the chances of dirty carpet are minimal. On the other hand, carpet may be purposefully laid in a high-traffic area to act as a noise barrier. Additionally, carpet would be used in specific areas because those living in the home are more likely to not be wearing shoes while in that space or sitting on the floor to relax, read or play with kids. Ultimately, you’ll want to focus on logical comfort when considering to use carpet.
Wood flooring remains one of the most popular flooring options, as it is a naturally inviting, beautiful and timeless material. Though the initial cost may scare away some buyers, if you consider maintenance, cleanliness, durability and sustainability; hardwood is worth the investment.
Because hardwood floors are typically sealed surfaces with a protective layer of finish, they are more stain-resistant than other types of flooring and can be simply sanded, repaired and refinished if damaged. Unlike carpet, it also provides an easy-to-clean surface, making it more sanitary than other flooring options.
Additionally, hardwood flooring truly is a long term investment since on average, carpet typically will need to be replaced 3 to 6 times before new hardwood is needed, and will also aid in appreciation and resale value of your home.
This flooring option could be used throughout your entire home, but given its cost, consumers typically will lay it in statement communal spaces such as the dining area, kitchen and living areas.
While older, more traditional homes often have the original hardwood floors still in place, many newer homes are using laminate. It offers a natural look similar to wood but at a lower price point. When considering to incorporate laminate you might want to think about costs for installation and repair, appearance quality, durability, and even how it might affect home resale value.
For those that don’t have a large budget to spend on flooring, laminate is a great option. Depending on the laminate you choose it can look just as beautiful as hardwood, or it could not. It really just depends on the style you’re going for and the amount you’re willing to spend.
And when it comes to repairing laminate, refinishing really isn’t an option, however, these snap-on pieces can simply be replaced. Though it should be mentioned that you may have to replace a larger surface area than intended depending on the type of damage and where it is.
Again, laminate can really be used throughout the entire home and has really taken off in popularity over the years because of its many appealing styles, low maintenance, and low cost.
This material is definitely versatile and has plenty of pros, along with some cons. Most popularly used in bathrooms, kitchens, and high-traffic areas, ceramic tiles are extremely resilient when it comes to staining and wear. However, it doesn’t have strong impact resistance, so if you drop a heavy object on tile, it is likely to crack.
Tile has a glazed protective layer on its surface that makes it impervious to water damage and stain penetration. It’s also naturally resistant to humidity, making it ideal for flooring an area that is very hot or moist, or where liquid may be constantly present. It’s also worth noting that it’s very cost-effective, easy to maintain, and can simply be repaired or replaced in most cases.
With a little creativity and inspiration, you can really do a lot with tile at a minimal cost compared to other materials.
There really are so many flooring options you can explore based on your own personal style, budget, and long-term goals! If DIY (doing it yourself) isn’t quite your thing, we’re here to guide you in the right direction.
By: Kayla Gonzales, Marketing Manager