When you’re redoing a room in your home, or even redoing the whole house, one of the biggest and often hardest choices is the new flooring. There are many, many options in flooring, from the type of material to the color and pattern. The variety of options makes the decision harder, especially since it is so important. Replacing your flooring can have a huge impact on the look and feel of the space – you don’t want to take the decision lightly. So here are some things to consider before settling on your new flooring.
This should always be a large part of your decision making on any project, floors included. The great thing about all of the variety out there is that your budget can often go a lot further. However, this doesn’t mean you don’t have to consider cost and value at all. Remember that the cost and value of the floor should be in line with the rest of the house. If you decide to install a super high-end floor in a low to average cost house, it will stick out and highlight the issues in the rest of the house.
The actual flooring materials are another major consideration and each type has pros and cons. If you have your heart set on tiling for your laundry room, remember that it can get really cold during the winter. Likewise, if you want natural stone flooring in your kitchen, remember that it can be uncomfortable to stand on for long periods because of how hard it is. Hardwoods are always a popular choice, but other options are gaining in popularity. Some of these are previously industrial options, like concrete, and others are materials that lost popularity but are seeing a resurgence, like carpeting and linoleum. These comebacks are mostly due to improvements in options and technology.
Durability and Maintenance
How much of a beating is your floor going to take on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis? Your flooring decision should take this into consideration. If you need a floor for a mud room, where your kid will likely forget to take off his cleats, it needs to be very strong and durable. If the floor is going to be subject to a lot of moisture, like in a bathroom, that also will limit your options. Finally, don’t forget to explore how much maintenance the new flooring will need. If you know you’re only going to have enough time for a quick sweep each week, you don’t want flooring materials that need constant mopping or regular resurfacing.
Questions? RPS Flooring is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to care for your hardwood floors, we here at RPS Flooring are here to help. Our trained professionals will answer your questions and guide you in the right direction. Give us a call or come and visit our showroom to check out our selection of commercial and residential flooring options. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been working on, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.