Custom home flooring is one of the most important improvement choices you will make in your house. Not only will your flooring influence your home life experience each and every day, but it can also greatly increase your home’s value if you choose wisely.
The challenging part about choosing flooring is that there are so many options. It can sometimes feel difficult to narrow those choices down to what you really need. This quick guide will dive into different factors you should consider when shopping for new flooring. Let’s get started.
Consider the Amount of Traffic
The amount of foot traffic a home sees will vary greatly from family to family. Traffic can also vary from room to room. You may have some areas of your home that constantly see heavy traffic, while other rooms are barely ever visited. These are important details you should consider when choosing flooring.
For areas of the home that do experience high traffic, it is very important to choose flooring that will provide durability and longevity. You should consider it a wise investment to spend a little more on flooring for these areas. You will also want to make sure that high-traffic areas are easy to clean as those areas will get very dirty.
Consider the Durability
When it comes to purchasing flooring cheaper is not always better. Flooring gets a lot of abuse. If you do not invest in good quality flooring that can stand up to that abuse for years to come, you will simply be replacing it again soon. This will cost even more.
Durability becomes an even bigger concern if you have pets or children living in the home.
You will also want to consider what the flooring will be exposed to in certain rooms. For instance, the flooring in a bathroom and kitchen needs to be water-resistant.
Consider the Size of the Room
The bigger the room, the easier you will want maintenance to be. If you have a very large space with high-maintenance flooring, you will quickly tire of the floor cleaning chores. It is better to go with low-maintenance options for large spaces.
You will also want to consider how smaller rooms will benefit from lighter-colored flooring so that the space does not feel claustrophobic.
Choosing flooring styles or colors that are not easily adaptable to changing tastes may be a bad idea. For instance, if you choose bold black and white tile for a room, you may feel differently about it in a few years. Bold colors or designs do not always lend themselves to easy adaptability should your style or tastes change in the future.
An interior designer will often recommend that you create an easily adaptable space by choosing colors and styles that are more neutral and will go with many different types of color schemes and styles. This gives you more flexibility in the future to change the room if you like.
This was mentioned above, but overall you should consider the amount of maintenance you are willing to do to your floor on a regular basis. If floor cleaning and maintenance are not something you wish to spend a lot of time on, you should opt for flooring choices that have little to no maintenance. Be sure to get all the details on the flooring materials you are considering so that you have a good idea of how much care it will require.