There are more flooring materials and styles available today than ever before – but unfortunately, many homeowners find these options overwhelming. It’s easy to get lost in the terminology and settle for a flooring type based only on aesthetics, but in doing so you may choose a floor that is out of your budget, ill-suited for the room you wish to floor, or requires more maintenance than you realized. We at Carolina Flooring Services understand that the floor buying process can be confusing, which is why we offer a free in-depth floor buying guide and are available for consultations. We are confident that we can find the appropriate floor for your home, with the help of our floor buying guide and these tips below.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a New Floor
1. Budget: Most people have a price point in mind when they begin the floor buying process, but sometimes people overlook what they consider to be lower quality flooring options – even if the flooring options are less expensive. Many homeowners bypass vinyl and laminate flooring, assuming that the products will look cheap or dated, but new technologies have created vinyl and laminate that are more detailed and beautiful than ever before. And, because vinyl and laminate are less expensive, your budget may allow you to purchase a flooring product of a higher caliber than any hardwood you could afford!
2. Room Function: Every flooring type behaves differently – some hardwoods hold up better in high traffic areas, some flooring options are more resistant to water damage, and some are more easily cleaned and repaired. That means a flooring options that meets all your needs in the living room might not fare so well in your kitchen. For more information, download our flooring buying guide – it offers excellent insight into what flooring type works best for each room!
3. Cleaning Patterns: We all have a different amount of time and energy we are willing to invest into keeping our home clean. Our guide discusses which flooring types are more easily maintained; because after all, no matter how beautiful a floor is at installation, if you are unwilling to perform the necessary cleaning and repairing your money will have been wasted!
4. Personal Style: Just because you think a flooring type is attractive does not mean it’s the right style for you! Perhaps you’ve always found traditional mahogany floors to be beautiful, but if your design esthetic is more modern and informal a mahogany floor could look overbearing. It’s best to keep an open mind, to consider flooring options that never occurred to you before. And when in doubt, ask a professional – we’ll help you find the floor that meets your needs and your style.
Your floor is a huge investment that will affect both your day-to-day comfort and health and the long-term value of your home. Fortunately, you don’t have to muddle through the floor buying process alone! Download our free floor buying guide and contact us today!