5 Tips For Choosing the Perfect Floor — Peter Imbong — Floor Expert Extraordinaire!

5 Tips For Choosing the Perfect Floor

One thing you will never run short on when it comes to flooring is options. The market yields to a variety of styles, materials, functions, price ranges and image-projections. If you have never selected flooring before, the choice can be a bit overwhelming. To keep you focused, here are 5 tips for choosing the perfect floor.

Decide how much you are willing to spend.

This seems like simple advice when you are merely looking at the price on paper: you know how much you really can afford to spend. However, when the choices start coming at you like meteors, you may find several other flooring options that are appealing to you, yet out of your budget range. If budget is your most important consideration, you must be strong and not budge — no matter what the temptation. If you can afford to spend a little more to get a better quality or more preferable style than originally planned, you may want to leave a cushion in your budget. Vinyl flooring and carpet can cost from about $18 to $30 per square foot. Ceramic tile is about $10. Popular laminate hardwoods cost as much as $12 per square foot.

Determine what kind of activities will take place in the room where the flooring is installed.

A floor that mostly has kid or pet traffic will need to be more durable and more easily cleaned than a flooring system in a space that houses only two adults. Craft rooms may need cork flooring, laminate flooring or a system that will allow things like sewing needles and small beads to be detected and picked up. Bathroom flooring should be water and mold resistant. The basic rule of thumb is to be clear about what the room will be used for and choose your flooring based on its primary use. More heavily used rooms should be durable and easy to clean.

Determine whether the floor or some other element in the room is the focal point.

In many interior designs. the flooring is the focal point rather than the accent in the room. Light oaks or lighter colored tiles tend to make the room feel bigger and more open, but they also are known to give a room a more casual and modern look. Most people choose light woods in rooms where there is little light or that get a lot of use, since lighter woods disguise wear better than darker hardwoods. Dark woods and deep -colored tiles tend to be more dramatic and feel a bit more traditional; lighter furnishings modernize dark floors. Because they absorb more light, dark floors also are not as vulnerable to fading.

If flooring is the focal point of the room, it is best to select all other design elements around the floor. So, the decision about flooring becomes the first, most vital one to make. Once you have covered that ground, you are ready to take on the design elements of the whole room.

Avoid flooring that stains.

Cork as a floor material is very cushiony, beautifully textured and environmentally friendly. It is shock absorbent and perfect for spaces where you must do a lot of standing and put stress on your back, feet and legs. It also resists allergens and reduces noise. All of these great qualities would make it seem the perfect flooring. If you make a spill on cork, though, it is probably there to stay.

Choose something you can live with for a while.

When selecting flooring based solely on pictures you have seen in magazines or catalogs, you must remember that pictures are presentations and give you only a possibility that you may or may not be able to duplicate exactly. It is not uncommon for buyers to be thrilled over a concept and then come down from that high once the flooring is installed in their homes. Unless you have a healthy budget to experiment and change your flooring often, be sure that the flooring system you choose has an appearance that you will be comfortable with for some time to come.

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