There are so many options when it comes to selecting a new floor for your home that it can be mind-boggling. Here are some tips for you to keep in mind when selecting a floor material; hopefully these pointers can help you narrow down your choices.
Consider your home’s layout. If you have an open floor plan, using the same flooring throughout the space will create a clean, continuous appearance. Whatever you do, don’t forget about your home’s architectural integrity. By all means, make your home a reflection of your personal style.
- Hardwood is a win-win when it comes to architectural style. It’s equally at home in both classic and contemporary homes. You and your eventual buyers will never regret the choice.
- It’s practical and beautiful; hardwood is strong enough for kitchen duty.
You want your new floor to be durable; remember to also keep your local climate in mind. Damp and humid weather can shorten a floor’s lifespan. For instance, hardwood can warp. Do not underestimate wear and tear depending on where you’re planning to install new flooring. Drop a glass jar on ceramic tile and it’ll chip; heavy foot traffic will beat up pretty plush carpeting.
- Concrete resists water, stains, smells, and scratches. It also won’t harbor mold or mildew.
- It can take a pounding, so no worries there about daily wear and tear.
- It packs an energy-saving benefit since concrete floors can retain your home’s heating and cooling.
- The icing on the cake? It can be painted to look like wood or tile.
Comfort and Air Quality
Definitely factor comfort into your choice, especially in rooms where you spend a lot of time standing, such as the kitchen, and if you have small children or plan to age in place. Never contribute to household air pollution. Both traditional vinyl flooring and newly installed carpets can emit high levels of VOCs for up to 72 hours.
- Cork is great for indoor health. It won’t hold on to dust and pollen and resists nasties like bacteria and fungi. When it comes to VOCs, go with low- or no-formaldehyde content and avoid cork-vinyl composites. How do you do that? Look for cork flooring products that are either Floorscore or Greenguard certified, or that qualify for a LEED point for low-emitting materials.
- It’s sustainably harvested. Cork flooring is made from cork oak bark. Since the bark grows back, the tree is left standing.
Don’t be afraid to add carpet. Carpet is great for maximizing comfort, and it can cost much less than other types of flooring. New fiber technologies have made carpet more durable, stain resistant, and even eco-friendly. For example, some carpets are made from recycled materials, like plastic bottles, and natural fibers. The key is picking and maintaining the right carpet for your home and lifestyle. For example, a dense carpet with a short pile height is best for high-traffic areas. Don’t ever think carpet is off the table because you have allergies. Several studies suggest that carpet doesn’t cause allergies or make asthma worse.
- Since carpet traps particulates, like dust and dander, it can act as a filter and bring relief to some people.
- Frequent vacuuming, using a doormat to eliminate the amount of dirt that comes into your home, and a yearly deep cleaning can keep your carpet in good shape for years to come while retaining good air quality.