So you have decided to replace the flooring in your home and are uncertain what your flooring options are or which type of floor to choose. Whether you are installing bathroom floors, kitchen floors or flooring in any other room of your home, our primer will get you started off on the right foot!
Choosing the right flooring for your home is largely a choice of personal preference and use. Above all else, your floor should be durable, yet comfortable at the same time. Nothing is worse than walking barefoot over cold, unforgiving floors!
Beyond durability and comfort, your floor also adds to (or detracts from) a room’s overall look and style. A dark floor can make a dark room too dark, while a light floor with help brighten the space. In addition, the flooring in a room usually acts as the backdrop or starting point for your color and style canvas.
How to Choose Flooring for Your Home
The first step to deciding what type of flooring to pick is to determine what style you want your room to be. If it is a kitchen, for instance, do you want a warm and cozy room, a sleek, contemporary space or perhaps a Mexican-tile inspired cooking area. Once you know the design style you are going after, you will have a better picture of what flooring options you have to choose from.
Next up, consider you budget. Factor in things such as delivery, installation and any padding and miscellaneous supplies. If a remodeling professional is performing the install, he will be able to give you an itemized list of supplies. If you are performing extensive floor replacement, you may also need to factor in the cost of renting a dumpster or take a trip or two to the local garbage dump.
We also recommend you have a contingency fund in place, just in case something goes awry or you uncover unforeseen damage, such as rotted wood, termite damage or mold. Remember that this money you are setting aside is for contingency only – try to avoid tapping into it to increase your flooring budget, as it defeats the purpose of a rainy day fund!
Finally, think about the purpose of the room you are installing flooring in. Consider factors such as the amount of traffic and how you use the overall area. Are there elderly or disabled family members that will need to access the space? If so, you will need to consider slip-resistant options. Is it a room that will be frequented by small children or pets? You may wish to look for floor material that is easy to clean – carpet, in this type of scenario, is probably not your friend! For young children, bumps and scrapes are a concern, so you may wish to seek out kid-friendly options.
Types of Flooring
When it comes to flooring options, you have so many choices to choose from that you could easily fill a book. While there is not space in this particular article to cover all of the types of floor you can install, we will be following up with another article that gives you the ins and outs of each type. Some of the flooring types we will touch upon include bamboo, carpet, concrete, cork, hardwood, laminate, linoleum, tile and even vinyl – just to name a few.