How to Choose Flooring for Your Home

Posted on November 19th, 2013 by

Deciding on the right flooring for your home can be a tough decision. With so many different options, homeowners often feel overwhelmed and are unsure of which flooring material will offer the most benefits, at the best price. When it comes to purchasing new flooring for your home, there are a few things to consider that will make your decision a little easier.

  1. Maintenance – All flooring options require a different level of maintenance to keep them at their best. For example, carpet flooring is often more difficult to maintain when compared to stone, laminate or even vinyl. You’ll want to consider your lifestyle when deciding on what level of maintenance is most appropriate. If you have pets or children, a high maintenance flooring option is likely a poor choice and you’d be better with a material that is easy to clean with routine sweeping or mopping.
  2. Durability – Generally speaking, carpet is the least durable and needs to be replaced fairly often, whereas stone and tile are the most durable with life spans of up to 30 years when properly maintained. Contrary to popular belief, today’s hardwoods are also extremely durable, especially exotic hardwoods, and can be sanded or refinished to help extend beauty and longevity. For a more affordable option, both laminate and vinyl will get the job done and many come in various textures and patterns to enhance aesthetic appeal.
  3. Purpose – The room of a home will be key in determining the best type of flooring. In a kitchen or bathroom where there is excess moisture, flooring that needs care beyond the basic sweep and mop may not be ideal. Opt for easy-to-clean surfaces that can withstand spills and cleaning chemicals, like laminate or vinyl. Tile can also be a great choice, but keep in mind that grout can be difficult to clean. For living spaces and bedrooms, carpet and hardwood are popular options, with the final decision being made in respect to personal preferences.
  4. Style – After identifying practical conditions, you’ll want to select a flooring option that matches your personal style. As mentioned, some homeowners simply prefer hardwood throughout (a more modern option), while others prefer something more traditional such as carpet in the bedrooms and a more durable surface such as tile or hardwood in the remainder of the home. Thanks to modern technology, laminate and vinyl are also popular options as they can mimic the appearance and texture of a variety of flooring materials at a fraction of the cost.

Looking for flooring in Carrollton, TX? Contact Carpet Mills of America at 972-418-6606 to speak with a flooring specialist or to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation. With our help, you’ll find the floors that match your needs, budget and personal style!