With so many options out there, it can be hard to decide what flooring is right for you and your home. You have to think about style, durability, comfort, and air quality. To help you narrow down your decisions, here are some flooring “do’s and don’ts” tips.
~ When thinking about the style of flooring you want, think about your home’s layout. For instance, if you have an open floor plan, you’ll want to use the same flooring throughout the whole space. This will create a clean and continuous appearance, rather than a strange mix of different materials.
~ When thinking about the durability of your flooring, consider your local climate. If you live in a damp, humid climate, the weather may shorten your floor’s lifespan. Hardwood, for example, can warp in this type of climate. Concrete floors, however, are tough and durable in a humid climate, as it resists water, stains, and smells. Also, it won’t harbor mold or mildew. If you live in this climate and are set on hardwood floors, don’t worry- concrete can be painted to look like wood.
~ When thinking about the comfort of your flooring, consider rooms where you’ll be standing the most and rooms that may be used for children play areas. You’ll probably be standing the most in your kitchen, so you want to think about comfort for your feet. Also, if you have children, you don’t want hard flooring for rooms that they play in, such as the basement or family room. Cork is a great option, as it is one of the most comfortable flooring options available.
~ When thinking about the style of flooring, don’t forget about your home’s architectural integrity. This means that even though you can create your own personal style for your home, staying true to your home’s innate style is best for when it’s time to sell the house. Hardwood floors are always a great option, as they will likely be true to any home’s style, as it’s used in classic and contemporary houses.
~ When thinking about durability, don’t underestimate the wear and tear you or your family could cause to the flooring. For homes with multiple people, heavy foot traffic can easily beat up carpeting. For a home with fewer people, floors can still be damaged by a wide range of accidents. Concrete floors resist most wear and tear, as they don’t scratch or stain.
~ When thinking about installing a new carpet, know that they can emit high levels of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) for up to 72 hours. If you don’t want your flooring to contribute to household air pollution, think about eco-friendly flooring. Cork is a great option, as it is comfortable and environmentally friendly. It’s great for indoor health, as it won’t hold on to dust and pollen, and resists bacteria and fungi.
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