Flooring for your Lifestyle

by Ian Phillips

Choosing the right flooring for your lifestyle is just as crucial, if not ultimately more important than how the floor looks in your home. The good news is that there are so many types of flooring in every style that finding that perfect combo is very achievable. You can have a floor that you love looking at, walking on, and caring for for years to come.

So before choosing the floor that looks the best, you should start the process by asking yourself 6 important questions:

  1. What will the room be used for?

There are many rooms in a single-family home and each one serves a different purpose. Understanding the needs of each room will go a long way in the decision process. Making cleaning easier in areas such as the kitchen, living room, etc. and other rooms cozier such as bedrooms and family rooms.

  1. Do you have pets?

Pets present their own unique challenges when it comes to maintaining your flooring. The best kinds of flooring for pet owners are resilient and ceramic tile. Resilient flooring is designed to be durable and resistant to stains, and tile can easily be wet mopped.

  1. How many children use the space and how often?

Parents know all too well the kinds of beatings household floors can take from kids. However, it is, in fact, possible to tailor your home’s flooring to accommodate both toddler and teen—and minimize cleanup headaches. In todays age, there are luxury vinyl planks and tiles that look like wood or natural stone and are so realistic that they are often mistaken for the real thing.

  1. Will your family eat or drink in this room?

Spills happen to everyone. Whether you are 9 years old or 90 accidents happen, so why choose material that stains in a room where you eat and drink. Make it easy on yourself and avoid the heartache. Ceramic tile could be just what you’re looking for. Long-lasting and low-maintenance, ceramic tile also feels cool under your foot.

  1. Is there an outside entrance to the room?

In this situation, you’ll want to look for a hard surface product that offers additional durability. Depending on your price range, there are many options to get the look you crave. A great choice for this is hardwood that is coated to protect the surface from scratches and dents.

  1. Is moisture present in the space?

A beautiful laminate floor could be just the thing for this scenario. Laminate looks just like real wood. It is build to work in practically any space and is easy to clean. Quality laminate floors offer tight seams and a flat level surface that prevents dust, dirt and moisture from seeping under the floor and promoting the growth of mold and mildew as well as a protective surface that resists scratches, scuffs and dents.

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