Replacing your flooring is a big decision. Though new flooring can add value, style, and interest to your home, you need to consider a few things before taking the plunge. For one thing, you’ll want to make the best choice in flooring companies and contractors. If you choose wisely, they will offer installation with your purchase so that they can ensure the product is presented in the best way possible. Here are some of the questions to ask.
What type of flooring is best for my home?
Of course, the answer to this question is subjective and often depends mostly on personal preference, but you need to consider certain things. One such consideration should be how much traffic the area in question gets each day. If it’s an entryway, for example, you might want to consider tile, hardwood, or laminate rather than carpet. If you choose carpet anyway, you will want to think about choosing one that camouflages dirt and stains well. Another consideration is the type of traffic the area receives. A kitchen, for instance, will more likely need to be cleaned more often than a bedroom.
How do I choose flooring that looks best in my home?
Aside from cleaning and maintenance, you’d probably also like to know what flooring would look best in your home. No hard-and-fast rules exist for choosing flooring that is the most aesthetically pleasing, but you can take some color and texture design tips from the pros. One of the best ways to decide on flooring is to look over pictures from other people’s designs. You can start out by picking a few looks you admire on a site like Pinterest. Once you’ve chosen a few looks, you can consult with your flooring company to get some more ideas. Often, they will have some design experts to help you out, along with some photos of other finished projects.
Will my new flooring coordinate with my existing flooring?
If you are not replacing the flooring in your entire house, this is an important question to ask. Again, it’s mostly a matter of personal preference, but if you’re not sure, consult with the company who will be installing your floors. It’s a good idea to ask for a few samples of the flooring you’re thinking about purchasing and place them by any areas where your existing floor might meet it. Think about the layout and flow of the rooms and how the new flooring will affect it. And contrast is OK, but putting down two types of ceramic tiles in adjoining rooms might be too “busy.” Also, putting a different color of carpet in adjoining rooms will break up the flow of the rooms and is not usually very aesthetically pleasing.
Does my new flooring need to be non-allergenic?
If anyone in your family has problems with allergies or asthma, you’ll need to consider this when choosing your flooring. According to the Mayo Clinic, the best types of floors for people with asthma are hard floors such as wood, vinyl, ceramic, or tile. That’s because they are “easier to keep free of dust mites, pollen, pet dander, and other allergens” than carpet. It’s the same for people with allergies. And if you’re not sure if things harbored in carpets could be an issue, it’s recommended you get an allergy test before installing it. If you do install carpeting, however, you can take measures to cut down on allergens, such as vacuuming daily and regular steam cleaning.
What type of subfloor do I have?
A lot of people never even think about this, but it’s important to find out what kind of subfloor you have before you install new flooring. You will need to find out if it’s in good shape and decide whether or not it should be replaced. If you have a very old home with imperfect subfloors, for example, you will either need to replace them or choose flooring such as carpet, vinyl, or even hardwood. If you have a concrete subfloor, you will probably want to choose thicker padding to make sure it has a plush feel. For uneven subfloors, keep in mind that ceramic tiles are likely to crack over time, while other flooring will be more forgiving. Hardwood also has the potential to shift, so if you choose this type of flooring, be sure to keep extra pieces on hand so that you can match them should you need to replace them in the future.
Choosing the right flooring doesn’t need to be difficult, especially when you have some friendly experts in your corner to lend a hand. Contact Palmetto Carpet and Floor Coverings today for your personalized consultation and estimate.