What’s the Best Flooring for Your Lifestyle?
June 20, 2017
There are so many decisions to be made when designing your interior space, some of which are easier to change than others. The best flooring for your home is one that suits your lifestyle, but with so many available options how can you choose?
Here are some tips to help simplify the process and make the best choice for your home and family.
Having a warm soft surface beneath your feet provides a sense of comfort and luxury unlike any other flooring option but that doesn’t mean it’s right for every application, or lifestyle. Carpeting is a popular choice in bedrooms and play areas where young children may learn to crawl or walk.
- Provides a sound barrier making it well suited for upper level rooms.
- Available in endless available textures, piles, colors, and patterns.
- Easier to replace than other flooring options.
- May show wear in high traffic areas over time.
- Spills and stains are harder to treat and may not be the best choice in homes with pets or in areas where food is prepared or consumed.
- Allergens trapped by carpet fibers may trigger symptoms in those with sensitivities.
Hardwood flooring is a timeless, elegant addition to any living space, though they are more susceptible to damage in certain environments. Well suited for people who like to entertain, have radiant heating, or suffer from allergies.
- Natural beauty that adds character.
- Wide variety of stains, species, and finishes, including eco-friendly and reclaimed wood options.
- Easy to clean and maintain.
- Sensitive to moisture (avoid installing in kitchens, bathrooms, entryways, or laundry rooms).
- Pets and younger children can cause surface damage.
This centuries-old flooring solution adds warmth, charm, and luxury to a home and is ideally suited for those who entertain, have older children and/or pets, or anyone looking make a big impact on the overall look and feel of any room.
- Incredibly durable.
- Easy to clean and stain resistant.
- Endless array of options ranging from natural stone to polished marble.
- Surfaces can be slippery.
- Floors can be cold.
- Surface is unforgiving and items which are dropped are likely to shatter.
- Tiles may crack or shift as a home settles.