Whether you’re installing flooring in a brand-new home or replacing the floors to add a fresh look to an old home, you’ll have a lot to think about. With a little bit of forethought and planning, you’ll have a much easier time deciding what the best flooring option is for you.
Know Your Price Range
No matter what you’ve been dreaming of, the bottom-line in any renovation decision will come down to how much money you can afford to spend. This not only includes the amount you can put out up-front on materials, but also the amount you can spend on installation and upkeep. Carpeting, vinyl and wood laminate can be good options if you’re looking to keep the cost down. If you have a little more money, you might consider ceramic tile or hardwood. Either way, knowing your budget before you start can help you to avoid getting your heart set on something you simply can’t afford
Bring Home Samples
A big mistake you might make as a first-time floor-shopper is forgetting to bring home a sample before you buy. Even if you saw the most beautiful showroom in existence, you’ll want to be sure that the lighting and décor style of your home agree with the flooring you’ve chosen. Most flooring companies will sell a variety of different finishes and colors of the same type of flooring, such as in the Monarch Plank Storia II collection. Once you’ve found the material you like, you can purchase a couple of different sample pieces in a range of colors to find just the right match.
Consider the Cleaning
The types of material you choose to cover your floors will have a large impact on the types of cleaning rituals you’ll have to take part in. Carpet may be a cozy way to finish a bedroom or living room, but it will come with the added duty of getting it steam-cleaned every so often to keep free of dirt and a musty odor. If you have tile or stone you may need to use acidic cleaners to get the best clean. A wooden or wood-laminate floor will require mopping with a less harsh concoction.
Don’t get caught out making rash decisions about your new flooring without looking at all your options first! By taking some time to consider what will fit into your lifestyle, you’ll be able to make the best choice about your floor investment.