The Ultimate Guide to New Flooring for Your Home

Flooring is something you see all the time, and it’s common to get used to things being the way they are. If you have outdated flooring, it can be overwhelming to think about replacing it all. It’s easier to look past things like this and put it on the “maybe someday” list, but new flooring can make a huge impact on your entire house. If your flooring is outdated, it’s time to consider investing in having new flooring installed.

New flooring in the house. Beautiful golden handscraped oiled European oak brushed for added texture and fine definition of wood grain.

Different Flooring Options

With the advances in flooring, choosing options isn’t as simple as it once was. Engineered wood can go in spaces where real hardwood was previously a poor choice. Vinyl flooring can replicate nearly every style of flooring and it’s very affordable. Tiles work beautifully in kitchens and bathrooms and you can get a high end look without spending a fortune on marble or quartz.

Consider the Function of Each Room

Some homeowners like the idea of matching flooring that runs through the entire house. Many homeowners who want to upgrade to hardwood floors consider this option. In some ways, using a unifying floor can make your home feel bigger and more cohesive. However, it is also important to consider the function of each room and which flooring options will work best. Coordinating, rather than matching, can make a strong statement as well.

When you consider the function, think of how you will use the room. Natural stone and hardwood fit kitchens, dining rooms, and open spaces. Soft carpeting will keep living rooms, bedrooms, and basements cozier. Hardwood floors can be difficult to maintain in high traffic areas prone to spills, such as kitchens, but can provide a rich look in other spaces. Bathroom floors need to be able to handle moisture. Where do you need a floor that is easier to clean? Do you have one preference for your “public” spaces, and another for your sleeping spaces?

How to Choose High Quality Flooring

Quality matters when it comes to flooring. You don’t need to overpay or go into debt to purchase flooring, but don’t skimp and buy low quality in the name of saving money. Your contractor can help you work within your budget to get high quality flooring that will look great for many years. When you are shopping around, make sure you get samples and put them next to each other at points where the flooring will change from room to room so you can see how they will work together. Make notes as you compare floors, as different contractors will often have relationships with different vendors. Often, your quotes may be difficult to compare.

Considerations

When you are choosing floors, go through every room and consider:

 

  • Your Budget

 

$2-5/square foot is the sweet spot for most types of flooring.

 

  • Your Needs

 

Will this floor be in a high moisture area? A high traffic area? Do you need a pet friendly floor?

 

  • Your Maintenance Style

 

Be honest. Do you need low maintenance flooring? Or are you willing to put in the regular work to keep your floor looking good?

Choosing flooring for your home may feel overwhelming, as it is both a home improvement and a design choice, but once you have the right expert to help guide you through the process and install your flooring, you will love the new look and feel of your home. If you’ve been ignoring your outdated flooring, we can help make this process less stressful. Contact All-Nu Construction today.