How to Choose Flooring

How to Choose Flooring


A new floor can change the entire look of
a room, and finding that perfect style of flooring for each room in your house is key.
But your new floor must be more than just stylish – it is important to consider the
needs of your home to ensure that your flooring is the best match for your room and budget.
The kitchen is one of the main gathering areas in any home. In here, moisture protection
and durability are the big considerations. Tile is waterproof and very durable, with
a lot of design options available. But it can be unforgiving to dropped dishes!
For a good, budget friendly alternative to tile, vinyl is easier to install and looks
and feels like real tile. Hardwood is an increasingly popular kitchen
choice, and while it isn’t as durable or waterproof as tile, it looks great and can add value
to your home. An alternative to hardwood is laminate flooring.
Laminate is manufactured to look like real wood but is more resistant to scratches and
dents. Another busy room is the living room. The
main concern here isn’t moisture, but rather durability and comfort.
For that reason, carpet is a popular choice. It’s soft, warm, and inviting. It is easy
to install over all subfloor types, but it does not resist all stains and may need to
be periodically steam cleaned. Hardwood is more durable to traffic, and spills
wipe up easily. It also comes in a range of prices and styles, and while scratches and
dents are a concern, hardwood adds value and warmth to the room.
There are also hardwood alternatives, such as engineered wood or laminate floors. Engineered
wood is made of a fiberboard core with a hardwood veneer face. It retains the natural wood look
but is more durable than hardwood. The bathroom won’t see as much traffic as
the kitchen or living room, but it still needs to strike a balance between utility and beauty.
Controlling moisture is a major concern in bathrooms.
Vinyl flooring is waterproof, stain proof, and is budget friendly. It’s easy to install
and easy to clean, and has come a long way in texture and design to look more like real
tile. Ceramic tile floor is also waterproof, and
has a great classic look. Tile can be more durable than vinyl, but it is more time-consuming
to install and can be cold on your bare feet unless you have a heated floor underneath.
There is even tile that looks like hardwood. This flooring combines the beauty of hardwood
with the durability and moisture protection of tile.
By taking the time to consider how your room will be used, the budget and installation
time you have available, you can choose the perfect flooring style for every room in your
house. For more inspirational ideas and easy How-Tos,
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9 thoughts on “How to Choose Flooring

  1. engineered hardwood can't be sanded and refinished. it's equivalent to a table top made from plywood boards with a hardwood laminate glued on top. aka piece of crap compared to real wood flooring. only good thing about it. can be installed directly to a cement floor.

  2. didn't want to get technical with my 1st reply. if you put a 200lb drum sander on engineered hardwood with a 60 grit paper it will tear through the top wood like butter, then sand again with finer paper your at the plywood. if you take off just the finish and stain your left with all but joints retaining the prefinish color. no prefinished woods are laid perfectly flat. That's why prior to engineered woods prefinish floors had bevel joints on all sides. sand them and your hand scraping every single bevel to get the finish and stain off. slide a hockey puck across an engineered floor as you would a tile floor with lippage and you'll find they are not level. Point is. Nothing beats 3/4 inch solid unfinished hardwood flooring. the homes I'm accustomed to (boston mass )were built in the mid 1800s and earlier with the original wood flooring. they will last for another century and beyond if maintained. engineered flooring is like saying margarine is butter..

  3. Hmmm….looking for some good tips. Hoping to install a couple of these options with some help. Hallway/Kitchen. High traffic areas.

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