7 Tips to Select the Right Flooring for Your Remodel

7 Tips to Select the Right Flooring for Your Remodel
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    Remodeling your home is a big step to take. You have to spend weeks or months planning which rooms you want to change and which projects are your biggest priority.

    Then you have to come up with a budget before reaching out to contractors to compare prices.

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Once you have the room in mind that you want to remodel, it’s time to think about the flooring you’ll choose. There are tons of options for homeowners to pick from, which makes the decision easier or harder, depending on how you’ve defined your remodeling vision.

Check out these seven tips to select the right flooring for your remodel. With the right considerations, you’ll find flooring that lasts for years, so you don’t need to worry about remodeling any time soon.

1. Consider the Traffic Flow

Every room has a traffic flow, even if you don’t use it very often. Where you place your furniture and decor decides where people walk.

You might walk around the back of your couch to reach the kitchen or weave between floor lamps and a coffee table to get to your back porch.

If you prefer to keep your furniture in one place for extended periods, the traffic flow in that room slowly wears down on your floor. High traffic areas like your kitchen, living room and hallways wear down quickly.

Cheap carpet made with loose fibers wouldn’t be a suitable choice for an area where people always walk. Traffic flow makes a huge difference in how your new flooring looks over time.

2. Research the Durability

Durability is another significant factor to think about when it comes to new flooring. You might want to put new flooring down on your screened-in porch, but how will it stand up over time?

That flooring will face things like rain, mud and anything else tracked in on the bottom of your shoes. It should be ready to withstand anything that room might face. Interior flooring should prove durable against factors like spilled liquids or household pet accidents as well.

look for: hardwood flooring engineered wood flooring

3. Test the Lighting

Most people know when you choose a paint color for a room, you need to test it out in different lighting. The same goes for flooring, especially in homes that get direct sunlight from eastern and western facing windows.

Repurposed barn wood or laminate flooring will appear a different shade in the orange hues of morning light and the brightness of the afternoon sun. Buy swatches to test them out at home instead of risking it by only looking at them in the store.

4. Think About Your Bathroom

Bathroom flooring requires more thought than most rooms in your home. Every day, it contends with humidity and water more than even the flooring underneath your kitchen sink.

Homeowners should consider important bathroom features like how your family uses the bathroom and the style before purchasing anything. Kids splashing in the tub could cause split flooring or mold growth, so talk with an expert about which options will work best in your particular bathrooms.

5. Remember the Room Size

After you’ve considered how you use the room you’re renovating and your flooring options, you have to remember the size of the room. The plush carpet may have won you over, but can you afford to cover your living room in it?

On average, homeowners pay $8-10 per square foot of flooring, which adds up to just over $4,000 for the typical room. That could make or break your renovation budget, so calculate the costs early on before purchasing the new flooring.

look for: carpet tiles area rugs

6. Match Your Interior Design

It’s tempting to jump at flooring options that match your current interior design, but remember that the design might change in the future. Cherry floors that look the same as your cabinets will be out of place if you replace those cabinets with different wood. Instead, find flooring that matches your interior design without directly copying it. Your final choice should complement the design of the room or be the focal piece.

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7. Learn About Maintenance

Different kinds of flooring will require different maintenance. It depends on the material of the flooring and the quality you buy. You might clean laminate flooring with general cleaners from your local grocery store, but vinyl floors will become damaged by those same cleaners that use acetone or solvents. Once you’ve chosen your flooring, learn everything you can about the maintenance it requires so you get a lifetime of use from it.

Take Your Time

Installing new flooring is a big project that no homeowner should jump into without a second thought. Take your time looking at your options, considering your budget and reviewing the use of each room to decide which flooring is right for your home. As long as you think things through, your renovation project will be a success.

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