Choosing the Right Floor for Your Lifestyle

One of a very legitimate way to figure out what type of flooring you want in your home or in a specific room is to look at color and style options. Wood might come in 25 different stain options. Carpet can come in hundreds of colors. Tiles such as porcelain and ceramic can come in infinite colors since both porcelain and ceramic tiles are man made. Laminate is very similar to hardwood and also comes in dozens of colors. Then of course for something like tiles, you can mix and match and create cool designs, monograms, patterns and more. If you want something ultra customizable, tile is your best option not to mention you also have natural stones like marble and travertine but again with limited options in colors.

Out of so many flooring options, what would you choose?


Everyday Activities

This sort of goes with the question above. But, this isn’t football games on the weekend with the guys. It’s everyday – daily activities, exposure or action a specific room will see. Do you have kids that like to lay on the floor and do their homework in the living room after school? You need something soft and comfy like carpet. Do you cook in your kitchen every single day without fail and have the family also eat in the kitchen? Then you are going to be expecting a lot of back and forth walking and need something durable and tough like laminate, stone, wood, etc. Each type of material is going to have its own level of durability, comfort, and of course maintainer.

Maintenance Considerations

Speaking of maintainer, this is another question you will need to ask yourself. Are you the type of person who doesn’t mind sweeping and mopping your floor once a week or would you be the type of person who just wants to use a vacuum? If you don’t mind sweeping and mopping, you might want to look at something like vinyl or tile. On the other hand, if you want very little maintenance you would look at something like hardwood flooring or laminate flooring. To top that, you have to consider maintenance like sealers and grout cleaners. Tile is pretty easy to take care of, but you should be cleaning the grout every so often to remove stains and dirt.

On the other hand, wood looks fantastic, but you might need to sand it down once in a blue moon, reseal it, or even restain it. You might not realize it at first, but flooring is really an important part of your home and plays an integral part for the house. It’s something that you use every single day. It’s something that needs to be taken care of. And it’s something that will make your home more comfortable, more beautiful, and more design worthy. Because of this, it’s important that you not only choose a flooring that is right for your home, but one that is right for you and your lifestyle as well. Factors like having kids, having pets, having babies, having a lot of foot traffic (or lack thereof) are all going to come into play when choosing your floor materials.

The Room Function – What It’s Used For

This is a biggie and another question you should be asking yourself. Of course, each room has its designated use, but what you want to look at here is specifically what you want to use the room for. For example, the living room is the living room. But, what do you plan on using this room for? Do you watch football with your friends on the weekends? Do you entertain large groups of people? Do you want a place for you and your kids to cuddle up on the couch and watch movies? Or something else entirely? These tidbits of information will help you figure out what you want to look at in terms of materials. For instance, high traffic living rooms work really well when you add in laminated wood planks or carpet. On the other hand, in a kitchen, if you cook a lot and like to entertain you might want to go with something like stone, laminate or even hardwood.

Design and Style Options

These are all valid questions to ask yourself. But, if you really want to get into the nitty gritty of the different materials, advantages & disadvantages, do your homework and really get to know each type of flooring. There are so many to choose from. Right now laminate is super popular because it has all the benefits of wood, but it’s not expensive like hardwood flooring is or the stone one.