Shopping for new floors can be daunting. Most homeowners we meet who have to replace a floor express that familiar dreaded feeling about Where To Begin. From weighing hard surface flooring choices such as hardwood, LVT, or tile versus the many new advances in the soft surface options of carpet to choosing among all the styles, colors, and textures, the entire process can feel overwhelming.
But when you break it all down, the task becomes a lot more manageable, and shopping for those new floors can even become fun! Here's how.
6 QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN SHOPPING FOR NEW FLOORS
We've developed six basic questions that will help you decide what type of floor will work within the greater scheme of your home. By answering these questions, you'll find it will be much easier to decide on a flooring option that you will love and that will serve your home and family for years to come.
These six questions fall into three categories:
- Existing Room Conditions
- Style & Design
Let's get started.
Category #1 - Existing Room Conditions
The room and its use will be the first question you need to answer.
1. What room(s) is your new flooring going in?
Depending on your home life, some flooring options are better a fit for specific rooms.
For example, not all carpets are a good fit for high-traffic areas, but most residential carpets are a great fit for bedrooms.
If you want new carpet in the room you are planning for but have kids or pets, you will want carpet with high stain resistance and durability that can be found in a Stainmaster Pet Protect style.
Porcelain or Vinyl Tile are a great fit for rooms like kitchens and bathrooms that will see moisture and need water-resistant or waterproof flooring.
Hardwood would be a better choice than carpet for rooms that need to accommodate a wheelchair, walker or cane.
2. Are allergies a major concern in your home?
While allergens are everywhere, some flooring choices are better than others at helping diminish their presence.
Did you know that carpet can actually improve symptoms of asthma and allergies? That’s because carpet acts as a passive air filter, trapping dust, pollen and other particles, removing them from the breathing zone.
Stainmaster Pet Protect Carpet resists pet hair, reduces pet odors, is easy to clean and has exceptional durability and comfort.
All you need to do is remember to vacuum those allergens out of your carpet on a regular basis to improve your home’s air quality.
Category #2 - Style & Design
3. How will the new floor impact your current home design?
If you’re worried that your new floor could affect color schemes and decor options down the line, there are strategic color choices you can make that will ease your concern.
Right off the bat, always remember that neutral colors will match the widest range of decor. You can always add or remove bold style elements like bright area rugs or quirky, fun furniture pieces to change the feel of a room.
If a room feels cramped to you, a lighter colored floor can make the same space seem larger and open.
Similarly, a darker colored floor can make a room feel more warm and cozy.
4. How does the new floor coordinate with the rest of the flooring in your home?
Don’t shy away from a new surface just because the rest of your home has a uniform type of flooring.
Your new floor can complement the overall layout even if it has a different texture or is a new category altogether. Work with one of our designers to create a blended feel that transitions well throughout the home.
Don’t be afraid to explore different patterns and choices that you may never have considered.
5. Is the new floor easy to maintain and care for?
Every new floor you purchase is an investment, and like most things, proper upkeep will ensure that you get the most out of your investment for as long as possible.
Solid hardwood floors might need to be refinished over time.
Carpet needs to be professionally cleaned at least twice a year.
If you have an active home and find yourself pressed for time, it might be better to choose a surface that cleans quickly like laminate or LVT.
Category #3 - Budget
6. Are there any additional costs that your new floor may create?
Our team will work with you to identify any additional costs of your project.
Some flooring products can be installed over irregular subfloors, but other types like rigid hardwood planks will require a precisely flat surface.
Will the trim and thresholds need to be replaced once the new floor is finally installed?
Small costs can make a difference if your budget is already tight, but we will work with you to create the perfect plan for your home and budget.
The best approach to Shopping For new flooring? Have fun.
These six questions are a great starting point to help you choose flooring that balances your needs, wants, and budget requirements. Then, enjoy trying out different looks to see how they can alter and inspire your entire home.
Need more advice? Give us a call! You can even schedule a personal tour of our showroom with a video chat.
You'll also find that the new flooring shopping experience available in Orange will further help you with your decision-making process. To learn more, check out A New Shopping Experience for Flooring at Floor Décor Design Center.
Thanks for reading!
Janine & Michael
Note: We originally published this article on 04/08/2020, and have updated it.