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7 Tips For Choosing the Perfect New Flooring
Monday, October 26, 2020

Are you looking for ways to breathe some new life into your home's interior?

While swapping out a ratty couch or pulling down old cabinets can make a difference, have you thought about new flooring?

Replacing an old dingy floor with something newer and modern can quickly change a room's whole feel. And if you're already doing updates, you might as well start from the ground up.

As with any home remodeling project, it's never as simple as just going to the store and picking out what's most appealing. There are many considerations you need to make first. We'll review the seven most important ones.

1. The Subfloor

If you're in love with the idea of bamboo flooring for a room that's built on a plywood subfloor, you're in luck. Plywood subfloors will accommodate almost any kind of flooring. However, if your dream room is built on a concrete slab, you're limited to laminates that can handle moisture.

2. Durability

Along with what goes under the floor, you'll want to make your choice based on where the floor is going. It makes more sense to install a durable, tough hardwood, laminate, or stone/tile floor in high traffic areas such as entryways, kitchens, and bathrooms. Save the more luxurious carpet or flooring for the bedroom or living room remodel.

3. Overall Appeal

Once you start looking at different flooring options, it's easy to get taken with high-end options like cultured stone or marble. Just keep in mind that what you deem as stylish and attractive may be too quirky for potential homebuyers in the future in situations like this. This could actually decrease the value of your home.

4. Color Options

Keeping in line with the idea of broad appeal, you also don't want the other end of the spectrum and settle for drab or humdrum. Flooring options are available in unique colors, patterns, and materials now. And they don't cost an arm and a leg.

5. Which Floor You're on

Certain materials are designed to be installed below grade, like in a basement. Other flooring options won't fare well when on a second or third floor with suspended floors. Since suspended floors flex as they age, they can damage materials such as tile and stone.

6. Maintenance

Some types of flooring will be easier to maintain than others. While beautiful to look at, natural hardwood flooring requires refinishing at least every ten years. Stone tiles need to be polished and sealed every few years. Laminates, on the other hand, are fairly easy.

7. What the Future Holds

When deciding on a new style for your flooring, make your plans part of your decision-making process. For example, if you're planning on having children, do you want them to learn how to walk on a hard tile floor? Or is carpeting the best plan if you're considering pets?

Need Some Help Picking New Flooring?

If you're overwhelmed with new flooring decisions, don't sweat it.

Turn to us for tips and advice on the best choices for your Pennsylvania home. Don't hesitate to call us at (484) 748-0008.

Our full-service renovation team of skilled craftsmen is here and happy to help.