How to Choose Durable Flooring
Flooring is one of the most well-used items in your home. It’s constantly walked on, scratched on by your pets' nails, rolled on by your children and spilled on by just about everyone in your household. With all of this use, it has to be strong enough to withstand just about anything! So, how you can you select the most durable, low-maintenance floors for your home without sacrificing style? We’ve got some advice for you.
First, ask yourself a few questions. How much traffic will the floor receive? Do you have children or pets in your household? Will the floor be exposed to moisture regularly? How often are you able to clean the floor? Your answers to these questions will all factor in as to what material of flooring you should choose for each room.
If you’re starting with the kitchen, durability and ease of cleaning are top criteria. Good choices are linoleum, ceramic tile and wood. If you’re look for an inexpensive and easy-to-clean surface, then linoleum is a good choice. But, if you’re looking for an option that is easy to maintain, with superior durability and many design options, we suggest ceramic tile. One thing to keep in mind with ceramic tile, is that tile can shift if installed over a very old floor with structural movement. Save yourself the headache and replace your subfloor at the same time as the tile installation. A more stylish option is wood flooring. While it may be unusual to some people, it has become one of the most sought-after options for home buyers looking to purchase a new home. Wood is also a great option because there are so many different styles to choose from. The kitchen is a high-traffic area and if your flooring has a good protective polyurethane finish, it will be able to guard against any kind of moisture or spill that hits it. Want a blend of both? Now there is ceramic tile that looks like wood which makes for a new hot-pick among our renovation clients!
When it comes to bathrooms, a functional flooring choice that can withstand a lot of moisture should be at the top of your list. Linoleum, ceramic tile, limestone, marble and granite are all popular but come with a range of low-high price tags. If you are opting to use a high-end material such as marble or granite, be sure to hire a professional to install so your $$ doesn't go to waste when a novice cracks your counter when trying to install.
Flooring for your home’s main living space comes down to personal choice. Wood, carpet, tile - or a mix of all three, is completely up to you and your family's level of comfort. Choosing a floor can be a big decision but it doesn’t have to be overly stressful. With Taylored Restoration, you can view a range of different flooring options in our showroom, while working with a professional designer who is ready to make the process a whole lot smoother for you.