Whether you’re renovating or building a new home, picking out flooring is a significant choice. There are countless styles, colors, and brands to select from. So how do you know which one is worth your time and money? Well, start with the experts. You can always rely on professional flooring technicians to point you in the right direction. Of course, doing a little preliminary research also provides its own benefits. Here are a few things to keep in mind when buying new flooring.
Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying New Flooring
As we said, buying new flooring is a big decision. You want to thoroughly assess your choices and determine the best course of action. It’s easier done with a partner, of course. Consider jotting down a few questions to get started. These questions will help you narrow down your flooring choices and make a concrete decision – no pun intended!
Here are a few starter questions to get you going:
- Where is the room located?
A ground-level room is susceptible to moisture, more so than the upstairs. Consider this when selecting a type of flooring.
- How will the room be used?
If the room is going to be a children’s play area, you want a floor that can withstand a bit of rough-and-tumble. Or, if you require wheelchair or cane support, you’ll want a floor that provides unobstructed movement.
- What’s the climate like?
Wood is known to warp and buckle with humidity. If you want to avoid mold and damaged flooring, consider tile in a humid climate.
- Do I need to redecorate?
To many, redecorating is a complete pain, while others love it! What’s your preference? If you’re buying a new floor and don’t want to spend money on decorating or renovations, take that into account. A dark floor can make the room feel warm, but the wrong color furniture or walls may give you an effect you don’t want.
- What are the maintenance requirements?
If you hate cleaning and maintenance, then consider a flooring material known to be durable, and with the fewest maintenance requirements.
Considering Wood Flooring?
Many homeowners look at wood flooring as the holy grail of residential flooring. It’s certainly up there in terms of style, but compared to other choices it’s also relatively expensive. However, if you’re dead-set on wood flooring, consider the following questions before you decide.
- What type of wood flooring is best for my needs: solid or engineered?
- Do I need factory-finished or site-finished flooring?
- Do I require extra flooring materials for my project?
- Are my pets a problem for wood flooring?
- How do I keep wood flooring looking clean and new?
- Why can’t I install wood flooring myself?
These are quite common questions we’ve heard many times over the years. As flooring experts, we know best how to handle wood flooring and other options. We know what many homeowners are looking for, often before they even know themselves!