Love the look of hardwood floors and don’t know where to begin? Picking out new floors is as important as picking out new paint for your walls and just like paint color selection, floor selection can be overwhelming when it’s your first time shopping for it.
Floors come in various structures, design styles, colors, protective finishes, installation methods – the list goes on and on. To help you kick start your search, consider our top three things when shopping for flooring.
1. NARROW DOWN THE CATEGORIES
Flooring categories include solid hardwood, engineered hardwood, vinyl plank flooring, and laminate flooring. Choosing your flooring category type has everything to do with your current space and its foundation. If you’re installing on or above the ground floor of your home, you have less to worry about - all four categories will work for your renovation.
Choosing your flooring category type has everything to do with your current space and its foundation.
If you’re installing below the ground floor where moisture tends to creep up, it’s important to consider categories that can handle that such as engineered hardwood, vinyl plank flooring, and laminate flooring. That being said, these three categories are also best suited for areas prone to consistent moisture like bathrooms and laundry rooms.
The size of your space also matters and will determine whether or not transition moldings will be necessary. Solid and engineered hardwood can run the full length of a home with no issue. With vinyl plank and laminate flooring, its planks are constructed to click together and “floated” above the subfloor. We recommend extending to 40 feet before incorporating a transition molding.
The size of your space also matters and will determine whether or not transition moldings will be necessary.
2. DAILY CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Maintaining your floors will inevitably become part of your routine and knowing what you’re getting yourself into will save you time and energy in the long run. Vinyl plank and laminate flooring are simplest in terms of care and maintenance. They require a standard cleaning procedure of sweeping and heavy duty cleaning with approved products, which may be the most appealing to busy individuals. Solid and engineered hardwood on the other hand, depending on the type of top coat and finishing, may require a fresh re-coat every few years to keep its luster and wear resistance.
3. OVERALL VISION
Now comes our favorite part – consider your unique design style! What type of feel are you going for when it comes to your space? Floors can completely change the look and have the ability to create a sensory experience. Whether you’re looking for dramatic and sophisticated, or warm and inviting, consider how your floors fit into your overall vision. Are you inspired by a captivating and accented grain pattern, or do you prefer calm transitions and subtle textures?
Consider how your floors fit into your overall vision.
Whatever it is you’re looking for, your space is meant to make you feel good and we love being a part of that journey. For any of our products that catch your eye, order free samples on us. Inspect it in different rooms. Create a mood board with your other materials. Take your time to test your samples.
We’re here to answer any questions you have as you’re doing so and once you’re ready to make your selection, our team will take care of the rest.