A few ideas to help choose your flooring
With new flooring options becoming available, it’s nice to have a Project Specialist on your side.
FACTOR 1: Moisture.
“Will the Flooring Be Installed in a Basement or Bathroom?”
Yes: You need flooring that is suited for a high- or medium-moisture environment.
No: Great! Any type of flooring, may be used. Go to the next step.
FACTOR 2: Durability.
“Do You Have Pets or Children or…?”
Yes: Remarkably, some flooring that seems durable really isn’t–at least not under the strain of Golden Retriever nails and children. Solid hardwood seems to invite scratches, though its saving grace is that scratches can be sanded out.
No: Go to the next step.
FACTOR 3: Cost.
“What is your budget” Installation is the hidden cost for most flooring. Even the $0.99 laminate flooring needs to be installed by somebody–you or an installer.
FACTOR 4: DIY Installation.
“Are you taking this on yourself?”
Yes: Good for you. Laminate flooring and glue-down wood engineered flooring are putty in the hands of most DIYers. Vinyl tile–same. Tile has learning curve . Solid, tongue-and-groove hardwood is best installed by pros.
No: No problem. Talk to one of our Product Specialists for some options.
FACTOR 5: Maintenance.
“Are You Hoping For a Set and forget Floor?”
Yes: Then go the resilient (vinyl) flooring route. Tile vinyl is easy to maintain, and sheet vinyl even easier. Laminate flooring is easy to maintain too – a damp mop is all you need to keep it clean.
No: With wood, you trade beauty for maintenance. No matter what the manufacturers say: solid or engineered wood is work, but it’s worth it. One major task: keep high-traffic areas covered with throw rugs and runners.