Our Guide to Choosing Flooring Materials

April 28, 2016

When it comes to flooring, there are many options to choose from. Some prefer to choose simply based on aesthetics, while others are concerned with long-term sustainability of their flooring materials. Overall, flooring sets a background for the appearance of your home and it should be made from a material that will be durable and satisfying for years. Here are some general guidelines to go by when choosing flooring for your home:

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1. Flooring should be beautiful. Even if there were no other furnishings in the room, the floors should still be appealing. Keep in mind that flooring is a huge selling point when it comes to buying and selling homes.

2. Your floors should be able to age gracefully. The term patina is often used, which means the mellowing of a finish through continued use. Flooring is usually in place for 10 to 20 years, and it's important that you choose something that will stand the test of time.

3. Make adequate subfloor preparations. The subfloor supports and enhances the finishing material above it. Materials that are thin, such as vinyl, need a smooth subfloor. Heavy materials (stone, tile, brick) require a sturdy subfloor.

4. Flooring must be durable. Durability is the ability to withstand traffic throughout your home. In high traffic areas (like the kitchen) be sure to avoid materials that will not withstand normal wear.

5. Safety is of the utmost importance. Keep in mind that smooth flooring without added texture can be slippery (especially when wet). Strollers, wheelchairs, and walkers function best on surfaces with medium texture.

Our next post will feature types of flooring materials such as hard flooring (brick, stone, and tile), resilient flooring (cork and vinyl), and soft flooring (carpet). 

For tons of flooring inspiration, check out this Instagram page called I Have This Thing With Floors.

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