Things To Know About Buying Flooring
By Judi Provence, co-owner of Glover’s Flooring America and a member of Consult a Home Pro (CAHP)
Flooring gives you an endless amount of choices, from material and style to colorand texture. Each option can affect the way your home looks and feels, creating many different environments for your family and visitors to enjoy.
To ensure the highest quality of livability and comfort for your home, there are everyday things that you can consider before you decide on your flooring arrangement. Below are some potential issues to keep in mind that can affect the type of flooring that will work best for you.
o Who will be spending the most time in a certain room? If your family has children, flooring can give you different options depending on where and how your children like to play and spend their time. If it includes a lot of games and watching television, carpet with stain and soil protection might be a good bet. Meanwhile, hard surface options are easier to maintain and provide adequate comfort. You can select a color that will minimize the appearance of dirt in active areas as well. Each flooring option can be molded to provide the best atmosphere for the people you love.
o Is retaining the comfort of your carpet a high priority? You can choose a softer, thicker carpet cushion for bedrooms or living areas to maximize the plush feel of your carpet. Higher density cushions with extra support can be placed in your high traffic areas. The quality of your carpet pad is vital in maintaining the original feel and appearance of your carpeting.
o Do you want to make a room appear larger? Your choice of flooring can shape the perception of a room to visitors. Tile that is installed diagonally will create the effect of a larger space. Also, lighter colors with a consistent texture can make your smaller room seem bigger.
o Are you keeping a budget? Before shopping, set an amount of money you are willing to spend. You can look for alternatives to keep from digging too far into your pocket. For example, there are laminate flooring options that can still give the look of wood flooring but without the top-end price. You can be thrifty without losing the aesthetic appeal you are striving for.
It is important to give thought to these various factors when making your choice of flooring. Keeping them in mind will make your shopping easier and provide you with a selection that will fit your home and family’s needs.
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