When tackling a flooring project, there are a ton of factors to keep in mind. We’ve tried to put together some information to make the options seem a little less overwhelming. Some of the important questions that need to be asked are – what room is it/how it is the room used;
what is the budget you are looking to stay within, who is going to install the flooring, and ultimately, what is the look you are going for. Most of the time people start with the look, and work backwards, which generally leads to a more complicated decision (especially if one of the first questions eliminates some of your options).
- Carpet generally falls under the “lower cost” category. It is generally a quick and easy solution, and depending on how much space you are covering, a lot of places throw in a free installation. Of course, there are some downsides to consider. In terms of durability, you would not want to use carpet in an extremely high traffic area – think foyer or front door, an area with high levels of moisture, or an area where food is often consumed.
- Tile ranges significantly in cost depending on style, thickness, and material. One big consideration is it tends to be a bigger installation – which will come with a slightly larger price tag. Great for areas where carpet is usually not good – messy, moist, high traffic areas. One concern is it can get very cold depending on the climate and depending on where it is you may end up using a lot of area rugs.
- Hard wood. Usually chosen based on décor style, hard wood comes in a variety of different tones and stains. It is good in most areas of the home with the exception of the bathroom (due to moisture) but has become increasingly popular in kitchens as well. They can be refinished over time if they lose their shine or become worn looking. Will also require more of an expert installation.
- Engineered wood/composite. Has the look of hard wood floor, and generally comes at a lower price point. Holds up better than hard wood in high moisture areas – especially recommended for basements. Downsides are that it cannot be refinished, and generally varies a lot from manufacturer to manufacturer – focus on thickness when shopping.
The thing to keep in mind when choosing the floor options is that it is a decision that will be relatively permanent. You want to pick the option that you see yourself being happy with for years to come – don’t settle for an option now based on price that you anticipate wanting to change in the next five years – better to wait it out until its in the budget and chose the best option!