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2019 Floor Buying Guide

Flooring Buying Guide

After living with old worn out carpet and cracked tiles in your home for too long, you have finally decided that 2019 will be your year.

Well, your floors’ year, that is.

You are more than ready to take the home improvement plunge and update the flooring in several areas of your abode. While you are excited to make this change, you are wondering how to choose flooring that will look the best in your various rooms.

Fear not, intrepid homeowner (who is about to get amazing new floors), choosing flooring can be a fun process, rather than a stressful one. The following tips will teach you how to pick flooring that will look terrific in your home:

Consider your layout, local weather and room uses

As House Logic notes (1), if you have an open floor plan, selecting the same flooring to use throughout the entire space will help to create a clean and constant look that will really accentuate the airy feel of your home.

You should also think about your local weather; if you live in a really rainy area of the country that has tons of humidity, the weather can wreak havoc on certain types of flooring like hardwood, which is prone to warping.

In addition, think about the people who share your home and which rooms get the most use; if you have kids, you might want to install easy-to-clean laminate in the family room and living room instead of light-colored plush carpeting.  

Flooring choices abound

Once you do an honest assessment of your home’s layout and which rooms get used the most, it’s time to make some exciting decisions regarding the actual flooring you want to buy.

Fortunately, there are tons of choices. For example, if you adore the classic look and inherent beauty of hardwood, you can find it in a number of widths and species including maple, oak and black walnut. Wood looks great with just about any architectural theme and it also creates that nice visual continuity in homes with open floor plans.

Hardwood can also be a bit pricey and it is fairly labor intensive to install. This is where laminate can come in as a great option; more and more, laminates really do look like the real thing, and you can find brands that are waterproof up to 24 hours—making them a terrific option for busy households with kids, pets and lots of spills.

Another popular option that looks great and is tough as all get out is bamboo—it runs around the same price as wood, and is appreciated for its attractive look, tough finish and for being environmentally friendly.

Ceramic tile is another flooring choice—if you love the idea of creating a unique look in one or more of your rooms, the many colors, shapes and textures of tile will allow you to do just that. You can even find tile that looks like wood, but with the rugged toughness of ceramic.

Tile also cleans up really easily, and since you can “see” dust and dirt on top of it, it can be a great choice for people with allergies. Of course, any section about flooring choices would not be complete without a reference to classic carpet.

No other option offers as many color choices, textures and price points. Many companies now offer carpet that is resistant to spills, and is remarkably tough.

When shopping for carpet, ask about the density of the different brands—in general, the more fibers there are per square inch, the more durable it will be.

If you have any questions, we are here!