No new home is perfect, and when you first step into yours a barrage of questions may race through your mind. Is that carpet going to need to be steam cleaned, pulled up, or re-installed? Is that water damage you saw on the laminate in the kitchen? Why is there laminate on the bathroom floor as well? How cold are your bedroom floors going to feel in the morning? Sometimes the pros win out over the cons, and you move in knowing that the flooring you walk over daily isn’t your ideal choice. Eventually you’ll decide that the time has come for a change, and we would suggest that the time is actually now! Read on to find out about the 5 best home flooring ideas and options that will better suit you and your living space!
Option 1: Laminate
- Laminate flooring is an excellent choice for those who want something that resembles hardwood flooring but isn’t as expensive. Fortunately for the person who chooses laminate there are countless colours available to make a sizeable visible impact for a price that is not.
- Questions you should ask yourself before you choose laminate flooring: Where do I want this installed? Will it be durable in the space I want it? Is it worth getting?
- If you choose to install laminate flooring throughout your home, always avoid rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens specifically. Typically laminate can do well in a basement as long as the moisture in the atmosphere is kept to a minimum. Laminate flooring can warp and moisture from the kitchen appliances (sink, fridge, dishwasher, etc.) can cause extensive water damage over time. Water damage from the toilet and shower in your bathroom can also cause problems for laminate flooring, so it’s a better decision for your wallet and your time to avoid installing laminate in these rooms.
Option 2: Ceramic Tile and Natural Stone
- Ceramic tile or natural stone are also great options for flooring in your home if you are looking for something that will be easy to clean and looks fantastic.
- Ceramic tile can crack though, so when installing it be mindful of how much traffic will be running over the tiles. Natural stone on the other hand is quite durable.
- It’s also cool on bare feet, so placing it in a bathroom with some floor mats would work perfectly. The entryway inside your home would be great as well since usually there are mats placed on it.
- Both ceramic tile and natural stone can be a little more expensive than other options, so installing this flooring in smaller rooms or areas is ideal.
Option 3: Hardwood
- Anyone familiar with these blogs knows that we discuss hardwood flooring a lot. The reason for this is that it requires a lot of maintenance and caution. Don’t worry, because it also boosts the value of your property and its refinishing capabilities make it a great flooring choice for anyone who likes to likes to change up the look of their home.
- Hardwood flooring is available in a number of wood types, colours, widths and so forth.
- Hardwood should be installed in areas like living rooms or maybe the upstairs walkway. This flooring can tend to be noisy if installed throughout your home.
- Always avoid installing hardwood in bathrooms, kitchens, and basements, because although it is generally pretty durable it can get damaged from moisture just as laminate can.
- Hardwood does not have to cost you a lot of money, but depending on the grade of wood you use it can definitely make a dent in your bank account. However it has a very long-lasting lifespan, and in the end could work to your advantage by saving you money in the future if treated right.
Option 4: Carpet
- Carpet has always been a somewhat controversial flooring option, but these days people tend to stay away from it altogether. In older houses you might find carpet installed throughout an entire home! This was the way things used to be, but the fact is that it remains one of the cheaper flooring alternatives.
- Carpet can get dirty, stained, and trap allergens like pet fur a lot more than any of the other flooring options listed above. Because of this carpets may only be found in some bedrooms due to most people enjoying the warmth and softness it provides to the rooms where we should feel most comfortable.
- For those who love carpet but have really bad allergies there are hypoallergenic carpets, which are more expensive but don’t cause those annoying allergy-related symptoms.
Option 5: Engineered Wood
- Engineered wood is the perfect solution if you’re torn between whether to install hardwood or laminate flooring. Engineered wood looks just like hardwood but has more moisture resistance. Engineered wood is also more affordable than hardwood and better quality than laminate.
- Another bonus is that it can last several years and is easier to install.
- As with laminate, engineered wood can be installed anywhere in your house except the kitchen and bathroom. If you wish to install it in the basement make sure that it won’t get damaged by the moisture that naturally collects in that level of the house.
- To cut costs, increase quality, and even place flooring where hardwood cannot be installed, engineered hardwood is your best option to cover more ground around your home.
After reading over the above 5 best home flooring ideas and options, what have you decided? To go ahead with your first choice? To reconsider which room to install it in? Whatever you decide, these 5 tips on house flooring options will guarantee that you find the suitable flooring in the right room inside your home. To find out more, give HPT a call! Call us NOW at 416-494-9095 or email Brian@HomePaintersToronto.com!