We’ve come a long way from dirt floors and unfinished wood flooring. For many years people carpeted the living spaces and used linoleum in their kitchens and bathrooms. Now today’s flooring trends differ immensely. If you’re trying to find the right flooring options for your kitchen, bath, or whole house remodel, you should take a few things into consideration.
There was a time when you would choose your flooring based on the look you were going for. Today, you can get the look of hardwood flooring in vinyl tile, engineered wood, laminate, ceramic and porcelain tile, and wood. If you wanted the look of tile, you bought linoleum squares that never looked that great or real tile. Today you can choose from many resilient flooring options in thousands of styles and colors. So, what do you look at now to choose the right flooring for your remodel?
The Space You’re Remodeling
We know that wood and water aren’t the best combination. Wood can easily become warped and buckled in a bathroom with all the moisture. If you really want wood in a bathroom, consider a wood-look tile. Some of today’s wood-look tiles are nearly indistinguishable from the real thing.
On the other hand, tile is hard to stand on for long periods of time. If you’re going to be standing preparing food in your new kitchen, you might want something softer like wood flooring, engineered wood, or even a luxury vinyl tile (LVT) that is water safe but easier to stand on.
Your Lifestyle and Family
If you want the flooring you choose to last and look great, think about how you live. Although every option has its benefits and drawbacks, when you think about your household, you can likely decide on the best option for you. If you have large pets, kids pushing toys around on the floors, or wear heels throughout the house, hardwood flooring might not be your best choice. If you want tile, choose carefully because some tile is slippery when wet causing kids and pets to have slip and fall accidents.
Budget can be the deciding factor for many homeowners. When they want hardwood but it’s not in the budget, engineered wood is a good alternative. Because the quality has increased over the past decade, it looks and wears even more like real hardwood than ever before. If the cost of the tile you really want is out of your price range, look at LVT. You may find a similar option with a lower installation cost which fits in your budget.
The best advice is to talk to your home remodeling company. They’ll guide you to a flooring options that fits your needs, budget, and lifestyle. If you’re looking for a remodeling company with experience, look at a NARI remodeler.