The right flooring can add beauty and value to your home. However, with so many different options available on the market, picking the best flooring can seem like an impossible task, especially for someone shopping for flooring for the first time. The types of floors available include carpet, tile, vinyl, laminate, bamboo, and various natural hardwoods.
To make the undertaking less of a headache, it's a good idea to start with the basics. Keep in mind that the flooring will be the foundation of your room's decorating theme. So it's essential to get the flooring right. The first decision in choosing the best flooring is selecting the right flooring material.
Before you decide on the type of material for the flooring you need to consider a few things. If you are installing flooring in more than one room in your home, you don't need to install the same kind of flooring in each room. The kind of flooring material to use in a room should depend on the intended use for the room, your lifestyle and your budget.
The location of your house is a major factor in your picking the right flooring material. For example, if you live in a warm and humid climate, you should probably pick a material like stone or marble that will not rot and is cool to the touch. On the other hand, if you live in cooler climes, then you may prefer to install carpet, cork floors, or natural hardwood floors. In addition, you don't want to use material that can easily be damaged by being frequently exposed to moisture such as installing unprotected wood in a bathroom, or flooring material that is too fragile to be used in heavy traveled areas.
Subfloors and Underlayment
You need to check the foundation - underlayment and subfloors - of the room before you decide on the type of flooring material. Underlayment and subfloors are important factors to consider for any flooring project. Proper selection and preparation of the underlayment and subfloor is essential to the stability and longevity of any flooring. You want your flooring to remain firm and stable and not shift with use that may result in cracking or chipping. Underlayments for soft flooring materials such as carpet or natural cork flooring are very different from underlayments for hard surfaces such as bamboo or hardwood. Be sure to match the proper underlayments with your choice of flooring materials.
Your home should reflect your style and tastes. There are floorings to fit styles and tastes ranging from contemporary designs or more traditional looks. If your budget allows it, traditional hardwood floorings that come in many colors and patterns go with almost any interior decorating idea. Newer materials such as bamboo wood flooring, bamboo laminate flooring or hardwood laminated floors are a cheaper option for the traditional look. You'll find it easy to clean a laminated floor as a good wipe will take care of most spills and scruffs. You don't need to use any harsh cleansers or excessive scrubbing.
It's always best to stay within your flooring budget but always look to get the best quality material for your money. To get the most flooring for your money, consider shopping at flooring wholesalers or discounters. They usually sell in bulk so you will save money when you buy in bulk. Don't try to save a few pennies by compromising on quality. In the long run, lesser quality flooring could end up costing you more later on when you need to spend money on repairs. Do you homework and learn what you need to know about flooring before going out to a hardware store or home improvement store to shop for your new flooring.
Consider the above tips when shopping for flooring. This right flooring will boost the aesthetic beauty of a room and enhance your enjoyment of your home.