New flooring is an exciting home purchase. New floors can quickly update a room, make it feel more your style, and can become a focal point for that room. It’s also a decision that you’ll be living with for a number of years, which means you’ll want to take your time and think through your purchase.
When considering new floors, think through the following:
Traffic Of The Room
Flooring that will be placed in a high traffic location, like an entryway, kitchen, bathroom or living room, needs to be durable. Traffic (people walking on the floors on a daily basis), can cause wear on certain floors. Look for flooring options that can stand up to daily activity like luxury vinyl plank (LVP), luxury vinyl tile (LVT), laminate and tile.
Activity In Your Home
If you live in a home with adults, kids and pets, there will likely be a lot of activity, and potentially messes in your home. Consider flooring options that are easy to clean and maintain vs. flooring that can stain relatively quickly. LVP, LVT, laminate and tile are low maintenance floors, and can handle the activity of busy homes.
Coordination With Other Aspects Of Your Home
Pay attention to the other floors, or components in your home, that will not be changing, and make sure the new flooring you select works with them. For example, if you are looking for new flooring for your dining room, does the new floor coordinate with the flooring in the adjacent room. If you are considering new flooring for your kitchen, ensure it works well with your cabinets and appliances (if you are not replacing them).
Location Of The Floor
Hard-surface flooring works well for many rooms in the home. Carpet, however, can warm up a room and is often a good choice for bedrooms. Carpet can make the bedroom feel more cozy, and can also feel comfortable when getting out of bed in the morning.
Moisture Of The Room
Some rooms, like a kitchen, bathroom and basement, tend to experience more moisture than other rooms. When considering new flooring for these rooms, look for floors that are waterproof, and will not warp as a result of spills. Ceramic tile, LVP, LVT, and natural stone are all good choices.
If someone in your home has allergies, look to hard-surface flooring options, which tend to collect fewer dust mites and allergens. Hardwood, LVP, LVT, laminate and tile, are all good examples of flooring that collects fewer allergens, and can be quickly cleaned as well.
Selecting and installing new flooring in your home is an exciting time. Use these tips to help you choose the right flooring for you, so that you can enjoy your new floors for years to come.