Choosing between the wide variety of flooring options for your home can seem like an intimidating task. There are so many materials to choose from, with options ranging from elegant hardwood flooring to durable and resistant limestone tiles. The decision is a combination of taste and visual preference coupled with practicality. This is an important decision, after all this is the surface you will entertain company and walk with friends on; your children will play, spill, and grow up on. If you ask yourself a few questions before diving into the girth of flooring options, you can reduce your worry, ease your choice and increase your long-term satisfaction with your decision.
These are some questions you should ask yourself
How large is your family? Having children should definitely affect which option you choose.
How much foot traffic will take place on the surface?
How often are you comfortable with cleaning the floor?
Do you have pets, and let them inside your house often?
Does anyone in your family have allergies?
Do you see the floor being exposed to moisture regularly?
How long would you like the floor to last?
What is your budget for new flooring?
Using carpet in bedrooms and other areas of your home that have low foot traffic is a great idea. Carpet offers a warm and soft texture, and can be a great choice if you have little ones that often take tumbles and need some padding. Carpet can be a nuisance to clean if it is placed in areas that can attract high amounts of dirt and will require consistent cleaning and maintenance. One option to address this concern is to use a natural floor covering to reduce the exposure of the carpet.
Tile flooring is best suited for kitchens, bathrooms and entryways. The material is very durable and easy to wash and maintain. Having small children and/or pets means that there is a high likelihood of spills and dirt being tracked in. With tile floors these messes are easily wiped up. Tile is an excellent option for the high traffic areas of your home. Keep in mind that tile can be slippery when wet, and if you have children it may be a good idea to get a textured surface tile to decrease the slickness.
Wood flooring is a versatile choice and will look great in any room of your house. Because hardwood flooring comes is a wide range of colors, strengths, and styles, you will have no problem finding a look that suits your taste. Bamboo floors are a trendy and environmentally friendly flooring options. Bamboo flooring is extremely durable and last for a considerable amount of time. Hardwood and engineered wood floors are also good options for durable surfaces that are easy to clean and maintain. Laminate wood floors are a relatively inexpensive options that have a strong resemblance to their hardwood counterpart. Laminates can be a great choice if you are renovating on a budget.
If you have any questions or would like to hear more information about a particular option, please comment below. Metro Atl. Floors is always available to help you make this crucial home decision. Contact us at 404 550 7853 and we can come out for a FREE in-home consultation and help you decide what options are best for you.